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The Star-Bearer: 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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 22nd 2001 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published March 1st 2001)
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Feb 19, 2015 M.cholewick rated it liked it
The Star-Bearer: A Creation Myth from Ancient Egypt is a creation myth written by Dianne Hofmeyr and Jude Daly. In short, this creation myth comes from the Heliopolis creation myth of Ancient Egypt. A key feature of this book is the pronunciation guide at the beginning. This is a much-needed feature given that the characters of the book have names that young students, as well as adults may have difficulty pronouncing. Although the pronunciation guide is a good tool to have when reading the book, ...more
The Star Bearer: a Creation Myth from Ancient Egypt (2001). Written by Dianne Hofmeyr. Illustrated by Jude Daly. This five-thousand-year-old Ancient Egyptian creation myth begins by describing how "there was nothing but darkness and water that lay cold and still as black marble...after countless ages, a ripple formed beneath the black water and the bud of a lotus flower pushed upward." The godchild "Atum" rises from out of the lotus flower and begins the creation process. Atum, also known as the ...more
Tom Bochnak
Feb 19, 2015 Tom Bochnak rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
This book does a great job of using descriptive words to paint a picture. The other creation myths were very basic, and good for the youngest readers. This book uses more words that will require a lot of vocabulary lessons, which is ok. Creation myths can be challenging to read, right?

Because of the descriptive words and images, there's actually a lot of emotion in this book, which is rare for a creation myth. There's loss and longing for example. In the end though, all is well because we now ha
Hongxi Mao
The book The Star-Bearer: A Creation Myth from Ancient Egypt is a great book for children to read. This book is considered to be a traditional literature that tells a myth story. The main character from this story is Atum, Geb, and Nut. It is in the third person point of view, and the setting is on earth. In the beginning, the earth is dark and nothing is alive there, then when Atum comes, he starts to create rain, and wind. Then, the wind and rain had two children, one is Geb, the god of the ea ...more
This is an Egyptian creation story. The god, Atum, decides to populate the earth because he is lonely. The gods Shu and Tefnut have two children. Geb, the earth, and Nut, the sky love each other so dearly that they never wish to separate. However, Atum commands Shu to separate them so that the earth can continue to grow. Thus, the universe and the planet were created. Nut gave birth to several children who become gods of Egypt.

This is an intersting creation story. It attempts to explain how the
Melissa Mcavoy
Beautiful illustrations by Jude Daly illustrate a poetic Egyptian creation myth. The book would make a great read aloud introduction to a study of Egypt, orienting students with one of the culture's foundational stories. A source note provides context.
Canadian Reader
Jun 15, 2014 Canadian Reader rated it really liked it
A beautiful book with lovely images. Hofmeyr makes an early creation story accessible to the young. Unlike in Greek myths, however, the Egyptian gods have few distinguishing personality traits. While I understand the author's desire to stay true to her sources, I rather wish the gods could have been given some distinctive traits--just to increase narrative interest.
Sarah Ahmed
Aug 29, 2015 Sarah Ahmed rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-lit
i used to work in my university's library and was temporarily located in the children lit section. this was one of the books i was checking in and all i can say is, "thank you human who borrowed it". the art in this left me in awe.
Nov 06, 2013 Sonic rated it it was amazing
Fascinating Egyptian creation Myth told for all ages with exquisite illustration.

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Love the illustrations. Mix of various Egyptian myths and gods.
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Jul 02, 2008 Ben rated it liked it
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Lovely book.
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