Moon Was Tired of Walking on Air
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07. Moon Was Tired of Walking on Air (Houghton Mifflin, 1992)
Natalia M. Belting & Will Hillenbrand
(Grades 4-8)

In powerful words and striking illustrations, Natalia Belting and Will Hillenbrand have captured the magic of fourteen creation myths of the South American Indians. Here is a tale of how Takako married the daughter of Rain and an explanation of why Rainbow is bent. We learn why Sun has a headdress and Moon has none and what happened when Armadillo dug a hole in the sky.

As the Toba Indians of the Gran Chaco say, “There are worlds above the earth and worlds below.” This book is a dazzling introduction to those worlds.

“Belting's language is spare, rhythmic, and resonant, while Hillenbrand's powerful dark-toned art conveys a sense of primeval mystery.”

Kirkus Reviews

“…Hillenbrand's illustrations are appropriately dark and mysterious. His artwork is reminiscent at times of Gauguin (especially the female figures), but the palette is deeper, drawing heavily on earth tones.”

Publishers Weekly