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Changing Woman and her Sisters: Stories of Goddesses from Around the World Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings
ISBN:0823419991
LANGUAGE:English

" Read: Kuan Yin, the Compassionate; Durga, the Warrior Goddess; Isis, Mistress of Life and Death " said.

" Wonderful resource if you're looking for bedtime stories that showcase powerful women to read to little ears. I wondered about the accuracy of 1 or 2 of them. GORGEOUS illustrations. " said.

" Beautiful artwork, interesting stories. The afterword by the writer and artist is the best part of the book. " said.

" I was disappointed with this book about goddesses from around the world. The stories were too long, trying to encapsulate too much about the various goddess stories, thus losing the core of the story for me. " said.

" A lovely mother-daughter collaboration collecting goddess stories from various cultures around the world. Older children will be interested to see how certain stories share similarities with other familiar tales (Inanna is a Sumerian goddess whose story contains aspects of Persephone's tale). The illustrations, Hyman's last, are different from her usual work in that they are collages, but they still have that magical quality all her work holds. " said.

"This book is obviously written for younger kids, but I still enjoyed it. Simple writing style aside, the ten legends of goddesses from all around the world were well-portrayed. My favorite feature of this book was the art. Five stars for the illustrations, beautiful collages of photos, paper, cloth, and paint. The artist also did a good job of capturing and adapting the art styles of the various cultures.
You can see some of the images here. (Scroll down a bit. They're on sale as prints.)
http://www.childatheartartgallery.com...
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"This is another great collaboration between writer Ms. Tchana and illustrator Ms. Hyman. With gorgeous illustrations and in-depth story-telling, the different goddesses of bygone eras are spread in sumptuous detail in this grand picture book. The various fates of each of these beings (not all of them pretty—one goddess is beaten by her jealous husband, another is maimed by her cowardly father) are often about epic struggles and trials that need to be overcome before each goddess can attain her rightful power. Some goddesses are strong, some are tricky and others demonstrate a capacity for sympathy beyond anything mortal. All are fascinating beings. Some of them (like Kuan Yin) are still revered today and these stories outline why humans paid them their worship. This is an exemplary storybook for children and adults alike." said.

"This book is filled with beautiful pictures and stories of Goddesses from all over the world. There are stories of Changing Woman, Macha, Sedna and many other Goddesses I've not heard of before.
These stories are about powerful women, ones with strength, ones who fall in love and much more.

I love this book and its stories. I've been thinking about all the stories, their meanings and lessons that can be learned from them. From Inanna's story I believe we can learn that it is not good to make choices when we are angry because those choices we make in a fit of anger will only hurt us and ones we love.
Sedna's story is a sad one. She foolishly falls in love with a stranger only to find out he is not what he seems, and later, her father betrays her to save his own life.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in Goddesses and to those who enjoy good stories that teach good lessons.
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