In the Beginning by Virginia Hamilton
Creation Stories from Around the World

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A thought-provoking collection of twenty-five stories that reflect the wonder and glory of the origins of the world and humankind. With commentary by the author. “A must for mythology shelves.”--Booklist
 

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Born into a large family and raised on a farm in Yellow SpriBorn into a large family and raised on a farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Ms. Hamilton grew up listening to stories shared ngs, Ohio, Ms. Hamilton grew up listening to stories shared by her mother and father. While studying writing at the New by her mother and father. While studying writing at the New School for Social Research in New York City, she met a youngSchool for Social Research in New York City, she met a young poet, Arnold Adoff, and the two were married in March 1960. poet, Arnold Adoff, and the two were married in March 1960. In 1968, Ms. Hamilton's first book, "Zeely" (S&S, 0-02-7424 In 1968, Ms. Hamilton's first book, "Zeely" (S&S, 0-02-742470-7; Aladdin, 0-689-71695-8. Ages 10 up), edited by Richard70-7; Aladdin, 0-689-71695-8. Ages 10 up), edited by Richard Jackson, was published; and she and her family (which now i Jackson, was published; and she and her family (which now included her daughter Leigh and her son Jaime) moved back to ncluded her daughter Leigh and her son Jaime) moved back to Yellow Springs, building their home on land that had been inYellow Springs, building their home on land that had been in Ms. Hamilton's family for generations. Ms. Hamilton's secon Ms. Hamilton's family for generations. Ms. Hamilton's second book, "The House Of Dies Drear" (S&S, 0-02-742500-2; Aladdd book, "The House Of Dies Drear" (S&S, 0-02-742500-2; Aladdin, 0-02-043520-7. Ages 12 up), was published in 1968 and woin, 0-02-043520-7. Ages 12 up), was published in 1968 and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best juvenile mystery. The sn the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best juvenile mystery. The success of these first two novels heralded a long and prolifiuccess of these first two novels heralded a long and prolific career full of accolades and the most prestigious awards ic career full of accolades and the most prestigious awards in children's literature. Ms. Hamilton won the Hans Chrisn children's literature. Ms. Hamilton won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1992 and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Awatian Andersen Award in 1992 and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 1995 for her body of work. Also in 1995, Ms.Hamilton rrd in 1995 for her body of work. Also in 1995, Ms.Hamilton received a John D. and Catherine C. MacArthur Fellowship, preeceived a John D. and Catherine C. MacArthur Fellowship, presented to "talented individuals who have shown extraordinarysented to "talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits" and originality and dedication in their creative pursuits" and have demonstrated "exceptional creativity, promise for imporhave demonstrated "exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant tant future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitaaccomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work." She was the first African Amerte subsequent creative work." She was the first African American to win the Newbery Medal, which was presented to her foican to win the Newbery Medal, which was presented to her for "M.C. Higgins, the Great" (Aladdin, 0-02-043490-1; Aladdinr "M.C. Higgins, the Great" (Aladdin, 0-02-043490-1; Aladdin, 0-689-71694-X; S&S, 0-689-83074-2. Ages 10 up). "M.C. Higg, 0-689-71694-X; S&S, 0-689-83074-2. Ages 10 up). "M.C. Higgins, the Great" was also the first of only two books ever toins, the Great" was also the first of only two books ever to win the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Bos win the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. "Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush" (Pton Globe-Horn Book Award. "Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush" (Philomel/Penguin Putnam, 1982), "The Planet Of Junior Brown" hilomel/Penguin Putnam, 1982), "The Planet Of Junior Brown" (S&S, 0-02-742510-X; Aladdin, 0-689-71721-0; Aladdin, 0-02-0(S&S, 0-02-742510-X; Aladdin, 0-689-71721-0; Aladdin, 0-02-043540-1), and "In The Beginning: Creation Stories From Aroun43540-1), and "In The Beginning: Creation Stories From Around The World" (Harcourt, 1988) were all Newbery Honor books. d The World" (Harcourt, 1988) were all Newbery Honor books. Ms. Hamilton won the Coretta Scott King Award three times, aMs. Hamilton won the Coretta Scott King Award three times, and three times her books were selected as Coretta Scott Kingnd three times her books were selected as Coretta Scott King Award Honor books. Twice she won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor books. Twice she won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction (for "M.C. Higgins the Great" and for "Sw Award for Fiction (for "M.C. Higgins the Great" and for "Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush), " while "Anthony Burns: The Defeet Whispers, Brother Rush), " while "Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave" (Knopf, 1988) won the Beat and Triumph of a BARRY MOSER is the prize-winning illustrator of many beautiful books for children and adults, including Harcourt's Telling Time with Big Mama Cat and Sit, Truman!, both co-illustrated by his daughter Cara Moser and written by Dan Harper. He has won the American Book Award and earned accolades from the American Library Association and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Mr. Moser lives in western Massachusetts.
 
Published September 25, 1988 by Harcourt Children's Books. 176 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Young Adult, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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