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The Star Bearer: A Creation Myth from Ancient Egypt Paperback – 1 Jun 2008

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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: 21.6 x 0.3 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,254 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." from the book"

About the Author

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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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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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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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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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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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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