In the Beginning

Creation Stories From Around the World

in the beginning The origin of the universe, and all that is in it, has always been cause for wonder. For thousands of years, people have made up stories in an attempt to explain the beginning of humankind, the earth, and the cosmos.

Beautifully told by Virginia Hamilton and splendidly illustrated by Barry Moser, In the Beginning is a collection of twenty-five creation myth stories that will engage and fascinate readers while introducing them to cultures around the world. Researched extensively by both author and illustrator, each story includes one or more illustrations — all stunning complements to the text. Each story is followed by author comments explaining its origin.

The stories in this book reflect the wonderful range of the human imagination. In an Eskimo myth, for example, the first man pushes his way out of a pea pod. In a story from the Kono people of Guinea, death starts the world. A dramatic myth from China tells that the universe was originally in the shape of a hen’s egg – and from this burst the first being.

To read the diverse beliefs of people around the world, both ancient and contemporary, broadens our understanding of others and strengthens our own spirituality. Intriguing, often humorous, and always fascinating. A memorable book for readers of all age.

– AIGA Award
– American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists”
– American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults
– American Library Association Notable Books
– Learning Magazine, “Winners Across the Curriculum;” one of 15 best books of the year
– Newbery Honor Book
– National Science Teacher’s Assn. Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children
– Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
– Parent’s Magazine, Best Books of the Year Listing
– The Horn Book Fanfare Selection
– Time Magazine, One of 12 Best Books for Young Readers, 1988

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Illustrated by Barry Moser