The Star-bearer: A Creation Myth from Ancient Egypt

The Star-bearer: A Creation Myth from Ancient Egypt


By (author) Dianne Hofmeyr, Illustrated by Jude Daly

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  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 212mm x 269mm
  • Publication date: 1 March 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0711216630
  • ISBN 13: 9780711216631
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations

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In the beginning, nothing moves in the inky silence...until the golden godchild Atum gradually unfolds from a lotus bud. From him come the gods of the air and rain and their children - Geb, god of Earth, and Nut, goddess of the sky. Geb and Nut are inseparable. They clasp one another and share whispered secrets, leaving no space between the sky and the earth for Atum to continue creating. So Atum has no choice but to have them forcibly separated, leaving Geb enraged and Nut sad and lonely...The beautiful story that follows explains, according to Ancient Egyptian beliefs, how day, night and the starry universe were first created.

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Author information

DIANNE HOFMEYR grew up in Gordon's Bay, South Africa. She graduated as an art teacher in Cape Town and has written five teenage novels. In 1995 she won the M-Net Award for Fiction and in 1996 one of her novels was selected as an IBBY Honours book. JUDE DALY was born in London and emigrated to South Africa as a young child. She went to art college in Cape Town, and now lives there with her husband, the writer and illustrator Niki Daly, and their two sons.

Review quote

"Exquisitely illustrated... an entrancing tale for seven- to nine-year-olds." The Sunday Telegraph