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The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Winner of the 1993 Coretta Scott King Award and the African Studies Association Outstanding Book Award, here is a lavish retelling of an age-old African creation myth. Based on the legends of the Yoruba, an ancient West African culture, this full-color, cultural experience provides today's young readers with a unique bridge to the past.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Sights Productions (first published 1991)
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Michelle Pegram
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
This book tells the creation story of the Yoruba people of west Africa. The illustrations are incredible with a focus on vibrant color that helps to bring the creation story to life - no pun intended.

Unfortunately, the story does not have the same sense of life. Where the pictures are full of joy and beauty, the prose is weighty and stilted. As an adult, I was still able to see and appreciate the beauty of the story, but I don't think that most children would be able to do so. A good read-aloud
This book is a myth about African. I think the children will curious before they read this book. Because they may want to know where the human came from. And how was the way to create the human beings. The children are wondering, and before the parents read this book with their children,they can ask their children some interesting questions which to inspire the children's curiosities.
Although this is a myth, it is still very worth for the children to read. They also can know more about the myth
Melissa Newton
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Title: The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth

Author: David A. Anderson

Illustrator: Kathleen Atkins Wilson

Genre: Myth

Theme(s): Origin of Life

Opening line/sentence:
Now the Yoruba say that long before there were people, all life was in the sky.

Brief Book Summary:
This African creation myth tells the story of how life came to exist on earth according to the Yoruba people of west Africa. Initially, all life exists only in the sky, until Obatala takes it upon him/herself to use his po
Teneka Howland
(3rd - 5th grade)

Anderson retells an ancient story of how the earth began. This book does have some vocabulary that is most likely unfamiliar to many young readers. For this reason, a little prior knowledge would be beneficial. There is a glossary in the back of the book that defines some of these words. This book was very enlightening as it provided an alternate view of how the world began. I really enjoyed the choice of colors and medium used by the illustrator. The use of water color gave the
This book won the Coretta Scott King award in 1993. it tells the tale of the Yoruba people and how they believe the world came to be. They believe that there is an all powerful God that lives in the sky. Under this God there are several other Demi-Gods as well. They are powerful but not as powerful as the main God. They live in the sky and want for nothing because of a magical tree that gives them whatever they need for survival. One of the Demi-Gods was not happy with this arrangement because h ...more
Valerie Lurquin
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
I highly recommend this book for a child of any age! The author does a fantastic job of retelling the original "The Origins of Life on Earth". This version is based on the Yoruba creation myth and it is dramatically told in order to draw in the reader, whether they be a child or an adult. It tells of the adventures of Obatala, a deity who came from the sky to create the world. Obatala represents our desire for adventure and curiosity about the world around us. David Anderson and Kathleen Wilson ...more
Leah Gerber
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: t-l-307
I found this book to be much different than the other Coretta Scott King Award winners. Its illustrations were very unique and show a creative viewpoint of the story for the children. The Africans are dressed traditionally, wearing robes and hats that were colorful and patterned. The facial features of the characters were nonexistent. Up in the clouds there is a spiritual community of people who are making a meal together and giving offerings of food. Then one of the characters makes a golden ch ...more
Samuel Graham
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book won the Coretta Scott King award for illustration in 1993, and it is clear to see why it deserved such an honor. The illustrations stand on their own merit. Atkins Wilson uses bright, eye-catching colors in traditional African style. Faces are not distinguished, but rather the reader’s focus is brought to the clothing and the creation of the earth all around.

Through the text Anderson retells an ancient West African creation myth about the how the earth came to be according to the Yorub
Breauna Hale
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This books retells an ancient African creation myth about how earth was created. It tells the story of how The all powerful God, Olorun, who lived in the sky sent a servant to create earth.This myth is beautifully retold with very distinct illustration. This book relates to the African culture because it is a myth that has been passed down for years within the African culture. It is good for young readers to be introduced to a story from so long ago that has been written out and illustrated so t ...more
3rd grade - 5th grade

I give this story a three because I thought it was a little too long. The illustrations are very moving and cultural. There is a great use of color in the pictures, they definitely aid in telling the story. But the story itself was interesting because it is from another culture and would be interesting to compare to other origin myths.

Language Arts/Social Studies

Lesson Plan: I would have a unit around this book. The unit would show how different cultures have different orig
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