When Woman Became the Sea by Susan Strauss
A Costa Rican Creation Myth

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Oh, how the world is changed when a woman begins to wonder! When Woman Became the Sea is Costa Rica's beautiful story of how the world began. Sibu creates the world but cannot decide what is missing. To get help from Thunder, Sibu creates something intriguing and magical for his friend: a woman named Sea. Sea soon becomes frustrated obeying the ridiculous commands of Sibu and Thunder and thinks to herself, "I wonder why I should listen to this man telling me one thing, and this man telling me something else, and I think I just won't listen to them any more." Enchanted by her new freedom, she lets down her guard and is bitten by a magical snake. Sea appears to die, but a tree grows out of her burial bundle. Like a butterfly from a cocoon, the waters of the world and the creatures of the sea burst forth from this great tree. Sibu realizes that the Sea is the missing piece, and he is thankful for her crowning creation.
 

About Susan Strauss

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Susan Strauss is recognized as one of the finest storytellers in the country. She has performed for more than 15 years at institutions such as the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and frequently gives workshops for the National Parks and Forest Services. Acosta is a prolific artist. She earned her bachelor of fine arts in painting from the University of Oregon in Eugene.
 
Published September 1, 1998 by Beyond Words Publishing. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Both gods warn her not to lay the stick on the ground, but Sea has an independent nature, and “Oh how the world is changed when a woman begins to wonder!” The stick, when put on the ground, turns into a snake that bites Sea, and from her deep sleep springs a huge tree full of leaves, blossoms, an...

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In a breathless, exclamation-point-filled narrative, Strauss (Coyote Stories for Children) introduces Sibu the creator, who can't determine what crucial element is missing from his newly fashioned wor

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He wants to ask his friend Thunder for advice, but can't get Thunder's attention until he creates Sea, the first woman, whom Thunder takes as his wife.

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The text itself also grows and shrinks, undulating across the page in an imitation of the sea.

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