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This celebration of feminine power beauty and complexity tells the stories of ten goddesses from cultures the world over There is tremendous variety in this volume including the stories of Kuay Yin the compassionate Buddhist goddess; Durga the fierce Hindu warrior goddess; lx Chel an ancient Mayan goddess; Changing Woman the man faceted Navajo deity and Each story in this dynamic collection is accompanied by an exuisite portrait by the late supremely gifted illustrator Trina Schart Hyman


10 thoughts on “Changing Woman And Her Sisters Stories of Goddesses from Around the World

  1. says:

    Although skeptical of the idea of a prehistoric matriarchal utopia something mother daughter team Trina Schart Hyman and Katrin Hyman Tchana evidently believe in if the author and illustrator notes at the rear of this volume are to be believed I was mostly pleased with this collection of goddess tales taken from the various mythological traditions of the world The tales themselves running from three to nine pages were uite engaging and the collage artwork though not in Trina Schart Hyman's usual style appealingTen female deities make their appearance here from the Navajo Changing Woman to the Fon Mawu the Creator Some the ancient Egyptian Isis Mistress of Life and Death; the Sumerian Inanna ueen of Heaven and Earth were already uite familiar to me while others the Mayan moon goddess Ix Chel the Shinto goddess of the sun Amaterasu were fairly new I did wonder a little at the description given for the Celtic Macha Goddess of Horses as this figure's origin and nature are uite complex and sometimes contested I suppose if the author had included her role together with depending on one's source the Morrígan and the Badb in the ancient Irish tripartite goddess of war that would have conflicted with her evident belief again according to the afterword that goddess worship occurred in an idyllic earlier time of peace and prosperity? One wonders how Durga the Hindu Warrior Goddess fits into all of thisOf course young readers won't worry about any of that and I'm certainly glad that they will be exposed to stories and images of female divinity But the folklorist in me can't help but wince a little Still those with an interest in women in folklore and mythology should certainly take a look at this collection as well as this team's earlier The Serpent Slayer And Other Stories of Strong Women


  2. says:

    I really enjoyed this one This book features 10 goddesses each has 1 full page illustration and 3 5 pages of copy The copy includes a short introduction blurb and then a storymyth about the goddess The information is concise and well written The author includes a lot of diverse stories from around the world and even notes that she avoided including greek and norse goddesses since there are already a lot of books featuring them My only real beef was that I just wished this book had a bigger art budget so that the copy pages could be pretty like the illustrationsI am really looking forward to reading the author's other mythology book The Serpent Slayer And Other Stories Of Strong Women Picture Books About Goddesses Mythologythese books feature myths from all over the world and include sources Changing Woman and Her Sisters Stories of Goddesses from Around the World★★★★☆Features 10 goddesses each has 1 full page illustration and 3 5 pages of copy includes a short intro blurb and story Book of Goddesses★★★☆☆Features 26 goddesses each has 1 full page illustration and 1 full page of copy Legendary Ladies 50 Goddesses to Empower and Inspire You☆☆☆☆☆Features 50 goddesses each has 1 full page illustration and 1 full page of copy Goddesses A World of Myth and Magic★★★★☆Features 100 goddesses organized in alphabetical order each goddess has a very short blurb with full and half page illustrations sprinkled throughout The Lady of Ten Thousand Names☆☆☆☆☆Features 8 goddesses each has 1 full page illustration and a few pages of copy


  3. says:

    Genre Nonfiction Reading level Age 9The earth’s people have abandoned their worship of women and male figures dominate modern day patriarchal religions Tchana and her mother take us back to a day when Goddesses ruled the planet Female deities from Africa and Egypt Inuit and Celtic peoples Shinto and Hindu faiths and other cultures join the Navajo’s Changing woman A paragraph introduces each Goddess and her legacy The stories are earthy and rich and are accompanied by illustrations from the author’s Caldecott award winning mother This large beautiful book comes with extensive source notes from both the author and the illustrator The writer includes a bibliography with several entries for each story The artist offers detailed information about each illustration including her history with the subject and techniues used to represent the different pieces of art The pictures that accompany the stories are as different as the cultures from which they came This work truly honors the spirit of women around the worldOther Goddess stories for childrenThe book of Goddesses Kris WaldherrElinda who danced in the sky an Estonian folktale Lynn MoroneyMedusa Jones Ross Collins


  4. says:

    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 Ira India and 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 viewedThe 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 themHighly recommended to any reader looking for a collection of lesser known female goddesses deities with the majority being from non European countries5 stars for its beautiful diversity in both its words and artFrom the same mother daughter team behind The Serpent Slayer And Other Stories of Strong WomenFirst posted on Unleash the Flying Monkeys


  5. says:

    Summary CIP An illustrated collection of traditional tales which features goddesses from different cultres including Nafajo Mayan and Fon Notes explian each dogges's place in her cultrue the reason for the book and how the illustrations were developedReview A well organized and clearly presented collection of goddess stories One illustration is provided for each goddess and they are fantastic The stories are told clearly with appropraite degree of detail and also age appropriate upper elementary The author and illustrator both provide lengthy notes in the back for each story in which they describe their personal connection and ideas about the goddesses I was surprised that these note are mentioned in every review and even the summary Mostly positive review from SLJEmpowered women are the focus of this collection and empowering young women is seemingly its intention Postive Horn Bookthe astonishing abilities and acts of the goddesses determine the atmosphere inviting readers to notice the imagery and symbolism associated with female deitiesStarred reveiw from BooklistTchana offers a lengthy afterword celebrating the wisdom of the goddesses forgotten by Earth's peoples but now ready for rediscovery All reviews comment on the Artist's Note


  6. says:

    While I enjoyed reading about the goddesses many of which I hadn't heard I couldn't help but also feel a bit sad because this must have been one of the last books Trina Schart Hyman illustrated before she died She was my number one favorite illustrator She had a distinctive style that I'd recognize anywhere I think I've read just about everything she's ever illustrated This collaboration between her and her daughter must have been especially pleasing to her In this book she used a collage style of illustrating which is different from her normal style Of course she mastered it perfectly I'll miss seeing new books by her but I look forward to from her daughter Katrin


  7. says:

    Absolutely AMAZING A glimpse of ancient womanhood and great for folklore fans like me The artwork was beautiful and the stories were well picked; though there is a less gory version of the Sedna story inBest Loved Folktales of the World


  8. says:

    A beautiful collection of goddess myths drawn from around the world with each story accompanied by one of Trina Schart Hyman’s gorgeous illustrations


  9. says:

    Good collection of goddesses beautiful drawings


  10. says:

    Goddesses or female divinities in this book I love it