For thousands of years people have looked up to the night sky and told stories about the stars. These epic tales tell of vengeful gods and goddesses, of monsters and heroes. Others try to make sense of the natural world, or unravel the mysterious forces of the universe. This stunning book brings together a selection of these legends from all over the world – from Ancient Greece to North America, Egypt, China, India and the South Pacific. Written by award-winning author Anita Ganeri and with beautifully detailed artwork by illustrator Andy Wilx, this is a magical book to be treasured for generations to come.
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‘We might know some of the names of the star constelletions we see in the sky, changing slightly from season to season – The Big Dipper and Orion’s Belt, for instance. We might also have heard of The Milky Way and The Pleiades, but children may not be aware of the wealth of origin stories that exist in different cultures explaining why the stars are in their various shapes. Egyptian legend tells the story of Ra, the mighty Sun god, and how he was banished to the sky by the clever goddess Isis. Anita Ganeri’s short retellings of these fascinating myths, Star Stories, span the Americas, Asia, Africa, Greece and Australia, highlighting the wealth of wisdom that exists in world cultures and offering children access to other ways of seeing the world. Andy Wilx’s stunning gold illustrations are full of epic majesty, and lend the book the grandeur it deserves’, BookTrust.