Goddesses: A World of Myth and Magic
Author: Burleigh Mutén; Illustrator: Rebecca Guay
Pages: 80
Publisher/Date: Barefoot Books/2003
ISBN: 1841480754
Age Levels: 8 and up

Book Review

Organized in alphabetical order, this well-researched, richly illustrated volume introduces readers to over one hundred goddesses from around the world and across time.

In addition to the better-known Greek and Roman goddesses, we learn also of the Indian goddess of knowledge, Sarasvati, a "gentle and graceful young woman who rides on the back of a peacock or swan" and invented poetry, literature, and music.

Moving to the west we find Olwen, the goddess of sunlight, who "opened the blossoms of all flowering trees and plants" for the people of Wales.

Each entry provides a description of the goddess, her powers, and often a telling anecdote or story. Thoughtfully, the author has included a list of goddesses by country, culture, and domain.

The exquisitely detailed, jewel-tone illustrations combine with the flowing, elegant text to create a beautiful celebration, not only of goddesses, but of womankind as well.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis.
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About the Author

Author and editor Burleigh Mutén has been working to empower women and girls since she founded Hands of the Goddess Press in 1992 to publish her Return of the Goddess engagement calendar. She currently works as a teacher and makes her home in Amherst, Massachusetts.

About the Illustrator

Rebecca Guay began her art career in 1992 after graduating from the Pratt Institute in New York City with a degree in illustration. Rebecca is best known for her painted graphic novels for DC comics, and her illustrations for the very popular card game, Magic: The Gathering. Rebecca Guay lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.


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