The Day Ocean Came to Visit by Diane Wolkstein

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Long ago, when Sun and Moon still lived on earth, they invited their new friend Ocean to visit their home. After many protests (after all, there was a lot of her), Ocean finally agreed to come. Sun and Moon worked and prepared for many days, but when Ocean finally arrived, they discovered that nothing could have prepared them for this visit!
Internationally acclaimed storyteller Diane Wolkstein and the celebrated illustrators of Dr. Seuss’s My Many Colored Days spin a magical creation myth that is filled with surprises.

About Diane Wolkstein

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Diane Wolkstein has been teaching, performing, and writing for over thirty-five years. She is the author of numerous award-winning books of folklore, including The Magic Orange Tree, and Other Haitian Folktales and Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer. Known for her meticulous research as well as her great range as a performer, Ms. Wolkstein traveled to Australia three times while preparing this story. She gives workshops on storytelling worldwide and lives in New York City. In Her Own Words... "I love stories. They give me strength, Inspiration, courage, and great delight. For thirty years I've told stories at the statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park. I love watching the eyes of my audience light up as they enter stories. Stories let us explore the farthest places in the universe and the deepest recesses of the human heart. They present possibilities. They let us try out different emotions and characters. Stories are treasures which last forever. "I also enjoy gardening, dancing, swimming, painting, and creating stories with music. My daughter, Rachel Zucker, is a poet, photographer, and the mother of a little boy named Moses."
Published August 1, 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Wolkstein (Glass Mountain, 1999, etc.) elaborates on Elphinstone Dayrell’s terse rendition of the West African “Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky,” by giving Moon a larger, more active part.

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Wolkstein's (White Wave) lilting tale explains how the sun, moon and stars came to be in the sky.

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