A beautifully illustrated retelling of a Brazilian tale linking Brazil's African heritage with a history of slavery recounts how an African goddess brings the gift of night to the hardworking people of Brazil.
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Grade 1-5-From Brazil with its long seacoast, hot days, and African ancestry comes this pourquoi tale explaining how night was born. As they did with Why the Sky Is Far Away (Little, 1992), Gerson and Golembe have produced a stunningly crafted book. Readers meet the daughter of the great African sea goddess lemanja and learn of her marriage to a mortal. The young woman loves her husband and his bright shimmering land even though it has no moonbeams, no starlight-no night. But eventually the sight of field workers stooped over day after hot day "hurt her eyes and her heart." She longs for the gifts of her mother's kingdom: the quiet and dark from the ocean's depths, and what follows explains how night came to the land. Golembe uses a kind of printmaking that resembles etching or lithography-the flat surface being Plexiglas on which oils are painted and tranferred to paper. When dry they can be reworked with pastels, gouache, or colored pencils. The result is brilliant, intense double-page spreads with white text on dark backgrounds, black on light. Bright colors are used effectively everywhere. In an author's note, Gerson explains the origin of her retelling and a little of the history of slavery and African religions in Brazil. (One must wonder, though, why the story includes a tiger, an animal not found in Brazil.) Handsomely, dramatically, and effectively illustrated and told, this story from "long, long ago" has both sensitivity and suspense. If picture-book illustrations can be works of art, this is a masterpiece.
Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY
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A creation tale recorded by Elsie Spicer Eells in Fairy Tales from Brazil (1917). Gerson explains that she has adapted the Bahian legend by replacing a male sea serpent with Iemanj , a sea goddess who appears in Candombl‚, the complex religion that merges African gods with Catholic saints, from which the story is derived. In the beginning, darkness is absent on land. When Iemanj 's daughter leaves the sea's depths to marry in ``the land of daylight,'' she loves the shimmering sands and brilliant colors but pines for ``cool shadows and dark, quiet corners.'' Her husband sends three servants to Iemanj to fetch some darkness; the goddess gives it to them willingly, in a bag they're warned not to open, since ``only [my daughter] can calm the night spirits.'' Of course, the curious servants let loose the stars, the moon, and all the creatures of the night. Still, the daughter is able to calm them, and the world rejoices in the ``hushed darkness'' that allows sleep. Golembe, whose illustrations for Gerson's Why the Sky Is Far Away (1992) were widely praised, uses the same delicately inlined flat black figures, vibrant tropical colors, and boldly expressive forms for the handsome illustrations here. The lyrically retold story makes a rich contrast to other creation myths. A beautiful book that will find many uses. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descripción Little Brown, Boston, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. Carla Golembe Ilustrador. 1st Edition. This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition (1st printing). Book. Nº de ref. de la librería 039392
Descripción Little Brown & Co (Juv), 1994. Library Binding. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110316308552
Descripción Little Brown & Co. LIBRARY BINDING. Estado de conservación: New. 0316308552 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.0099115