The Star-Bearer by Dianne Hofmeyr
A Creation Myth From Ancient Egypt

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A five-thousand-year-old story.

When the godchild Atum emerges from inky silence to begin his work of creation, he first conjures up the passionate gods of air and rain, followed by Geb, god of the earth, and Nut, goddess of the sky. But earth and sky cling to each other, sharing whispered secrets and laughter, leaving Atum no room to complete his creation. So Atum has no choice but to force them apart, infuriating Geb and leaving Nut sad and lonely . . . until Thoth, the god of wisdom, takes pity on her.

From an age-old explanation of how our starry universe came to be, Dianne Hofmeyr and Jude Daly have fashioned a dazzling and accessible picture-book introduction to Egyptian mythology.

About Dianne Hofmeyr

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Dianne Hofmeyr is the author of two previous picture books, Do the Whales Still Sing? and The Stone, both also illustrated by Jude Daly. She lives in London. Jude Daly lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband, Niki Daly. She is the author and illustrator of Fair, Brown & Trembling: An Irish Cinderella Story.
Published March 1, 2001 by Frances Lincoln Childrens Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Nut was lifted high in an arch over Geb and Atum sprinkled her with stars so Geb could see her in the darkness.

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When Geb and Nut's carrying on halts Atum's creation of the rest of the world ("If you stay so close to each other, there will be no room for tall trees and rugged mountains, for rivers and waterfalls..."), Atum must assert his authority to divide the siblings into the earth and sky we recognize ...

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