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A Burmese Origin Fairytale

Book Bubble: Pyusawhti and the Four Great Beasts

With Special Guest Magdalena Serpa

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If you enjoyed the story of Pyusawhti, check out these origin stories from around the world:


The Creation
by James Weldon Johnson

A poetic retelling of the Judeo-Christian creation story that also recognizes the modern African American oral storytelling tradition. Images of contemporary children listening raptly to their storyteller alternate with the panoramic visions of a newborn world that the storyteller paints in their minds.


Magic Words
by Edward Field

A collection of poems about Inuit myths that explore the origins of the earth, humans, weather, and celestial beings. The illustrations are collages of paintings on natural objects: wood, stones, bark, and even handmade papers.



When the World Was Young
retold by Margaret Mayo

Have you ever wondered why people do not live forever? Or why the sea is salty? Or perhaps what makes the moon appear at night? These retellings of folktales from around the world and throughout history answer many of life’s important questions.



The Earth Made New
by Paul Goble

In these creation stories of the Plains Indians, the Earth-Maker enlists the help of animals to create the world. Beautiful illustrations by the author also accompany the text.



Tales from India
by Jamila Gavin

This book has more than just origin stories, but it begins with the beginning: a lotus flower floating in a sea of milk.



The Fire Children
by Eric Maddern

A trapdoor in the earth, a godly sneeze, and small lumps of clay born of fire are the key ingredients in this West African origin story. Brilliantly colored illustrations accompany this take on the creation story.




Book Bubble is a co-production of Arlington Independent Media and the Arlington County Public Library, and is funded by the Friends of the Arlington Public Library.


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