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Changing Woman and Her Sisters by Katrin Hyman Tchana
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it was amazing

You won’t find the oft regurgitated Greek goddesses. Instead, Changing Woman and Her Sisters: Stories of Goddesses From Around the World celebrates lesser-known goddesses from cultures all over the world, including the Navajo people, the Inuit people, the Mayans, ancient China, Japan, Sumer (modern-day Iraq), India and more!

Each tale begins with the goddesses name, place of origin, and brief historical context. Many of the tales read like Creation myths and often explain how that goddess came to be. Trina Schart Hyman’s illustrations are atypical; instead of her customary linework, she felt inspired to use collage for the first time. She used materials from around her house – like garden seeds, fleece from her sheep, and cropped photographs of kids she knew – combined with acrylics, ink and glue. The result is illustrations with layers, depth, and new treasures to discover each time they’re viewed.

The Author’s and Artist’s note aren't to be missed. They lend helpful context to both the retold tales and their illustrations. I sincerely appreciate Katrin Hyman Tchana sharing with us her inspiration and motivation: to write a book in which her African American sons could see people who looked like them.

Highly recommended to any reader looking for a collection of lesser-known female goddesses/ deities with the majority being from non-European countries.

5 stars (for its beautiful diversity in both its words and art)

From the same mother-daughter team behind The Serpent Slayer: And Other Stories of Strong Women.

(First posted on Unleash the Flying Monkeys! )
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Reading Progress

January 20, 2017 – Started Reading
January 20, 2017 – Shelved
January 20, 2017 – Finished Reading

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