Piecing Earth and Sky Together
Illustrated by Genna Panzarella / Shen’s Books, 2001
In this myth from the Mien people of Laos, two siblings create earth and sky with needle and thread. At first, they compete, embroidering in secret. However, when the brother’s shimmering sky turns out to be too small for the sister’s abundant earth, they must work together to find a solution.
The critics say:
“The book should be useful where creation myths are compared, where stitchery is valued, and where Southeast Asian stories are needed.” —School Library Journal
“An intriguing presentation that should reach a wide audience.” —Booklist