The Return of the Light

The Return of the Light

Twelve Tales From Around the World for the Winter Solstice

Book - 2005
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A collection of twelve traditional tales from around the world that honor the "return of the light" that takes place on the winter solstice

The winter solstice, the day the "sun stands still," marks the longest night and the shortest day of the year, and it comes either on December 20th or 21st. Celebrations honoring the winter solstice as a moment of transition and renewal date back thousands of years and occur among many peoples on every continent. The Return of the Light makes an ideal companion for everyone who carries on this tradition, no matter what their faith. Storyteller Carolyn McVickar Edwards retells twelve traditional tales-from North America, China, Scandinavia, India, Africa, South America, Europe, and Polynesia-that honor this magical moment. These are stories that will renew our wonder of the miracle of rebirth and the power of transition from darkness into light.
Publisher: New York : Marlowe, 2005.
Edition: 5th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9781569243602
Characteristics: 178 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.


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Jan 10, 2018

This beautiful, refined collection of short stories is an absolute treasure! I plan to re-read it each solstice and incorporate some of the celebrations suggested in the back. There are so many good stories, but the one that stood out for me was The Pull Together Morning. We all need Umujo, Harambee, and Imani (Unity, Pull-together, and Faith) to overcome problems that face us all. This book is suitable for most reading levels, and lends well to reading out loud for younger audiences. The Return of the Light is a true delight!


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