Monday, May 21, 2007

Earth Mother

Author: Ellen Jackson

Quote: "If there were more mosquitoes and no men, this world would be perfect."

Why you should read this book: Accompanied by sumptuous, art nouveau-esque illustrations, this folktale shows Earth Mother making the world perfect, but not everyone sees her perspective: Man wants more frogs and no mosquitoes; Frog wants more mosquitoes and no men. Just guess what Mosquito thinks it would take to make the world perfect. A beautiful myth, which can help kids understand both cultural relativism as well as global balance.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're still fighting for man's unquestioned dominion over the Earth, and can't wrap your mind around depictions of a black, female diety or a planet that's perfectly structured without human interference.

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