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The Star Bearer: A Creation Myth from Ancient Egypt [Paperback]

Dianne Hofmeyr , Jude Daly
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1 Jun 2008
In the beginning, nothing moves in the inky silence... until the golden godchild Atum gradually unfolds from a lotus bud. From him come the gods of the air and rain and their children – Geb, god of Earth, and Nut, goddess of the sky. Geb and Nut are inseparable. They clasp one another and share whispered secrets, leaving no space between the sky and the earth for Atum to continue creating. So Atum has no choice but to have them forcibly separated, leaving Geb enraged and Nut sad and lonely... The beautiful story that follows explains, according to Ancient Egyptian beliefs, how day, night and the starry universe were first created.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; New Edition edition (1 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845078381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845078386
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 26.4 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"After countless ages, a ripple formed beneath the black water and the bud of a lotus flower pushed upwards. As the petals slowly unfurled, they spread a blue luster in the darkness. Enclosed in the center of the bloom was the golden godchild, Atum."
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Dianne Hofmeyr grew up on the tip of Southern Africa. She graduated as an art teacher in Cape Town and has written several teenage novels and picture books. she has won the M-Net Award for fiction and has two IBBY Honour Books.

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Jude Daly was born in London and emigrated to South Africa as a young child. She went to art college in Cape Town, and now lives there with her husband, the writer and illustrator Niki Daly, and their two sons.

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Three distinct groups of ancient Egyptian myths stem from the cities of Heliopolis, Hermopolis and Memphis. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, beautiful and evocative 3 Nov 2003
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If you are on the look-out for children's books that break the mold of empty and garish tales that mostly fill the shelves - you might want to take a look at this one. The egyptian story of creation - itself a truly beautiful vision - is told as a love story between the earth and the sky. The language is sinple and easy to understand without being dull and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. Also worth a look by the same team is 'The Stone: A Persian Legend of the Magi'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully told story 19 Jan 2010
My daughter is learning about myths and legends in school so we picked this book for her studies. The pictures are beautiful and the story tells of the Egyptian gods and goddesses that are the elements of our world. It's a much more spiritual view of creation - the earth was not created simply to serve man, but born out of relationships between the sky, the sea, the moon, etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb bedtime reading for 'older' little ones 8 Dec 2008
Great alternative reading for those looking to provide a more rounded and open-minded foray into religion than the standard christian stories metered out in schools.
Fantastic pictures, beautifully written.
At times a little too wordy, and with themes/imagery of intimacy which may require some discussion, so probably more suitable (in my opinion) for 6+ years. The whole concept of how the 'gods' were manifest may also require some understanding.
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I bought this one as an 'infant friendly' way into an Egypt Topic. But it didn't really work out that way. The beginning is ok. The world is dark and void etc. The first God is born, then some more appear and they fall in love with each other. To be honest it just raised more questions than it answered for my class. However the illustration are nice and it may work in KS2.
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I honestly wish I hadn't wasted my money on this book - the same can be downloaded via the TES website and other educational websites free of charge! I'm a year 3 teacher and just thought I'd invest in a book rather than use the Internet ... Big mistake
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