Review | Beneath the Moon: Fairytales, Myths, and Divine Stories from Around the World by Yoshi Yoshitani

Powerful and universal retellings of seventy-eight divine stories, legends, and myths from around the world, each accompanied by a gorgeous illustration from acclaimed artist Yoshi Yoshitani.

Many of the lessons we learn are shared stories passed among cultures and generations. In this riveting collection of fables and folktales from cultures across the globe, characters from beloved fairytales, cultural fables, ancient mythologies, and inspirational deities are brought to life, including Sleeping Beauty (Italy), Rapunzel (Germany), Jack and the Beanstalk (England), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico), Sun God Ra (Egypt), the Crane Wife (Japan), and dozens more.

Lesser-known stories introduce characters such as the volcano goddess Pele from Hawaii; Mwindo, the wise and powerful king of the Nyanga people; and the strong and resilient Yennenga, mother of the Mossi people in Burkina Faso. The recurring themes of conquering evil, overcoming adversity, and finding love and companionship are woven throughout this collection.

Yoshi Yoshitani’s art style is fresh and unique, featuring diverse and multicultural characters. Each story will be featured opposite a correlating illustration, both lush and vibrant.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is a collection of fairy tales, legends and divine stories from cultures all over the world. Each one is condensed to one page, so it’s a good taste of a wide range of stories. Each story also has an accompanying illustration, which is absolutely stunning. I really enjoyed the mix of cultures and regions that the stories come from, some that I had already heard of and many that I had never heard. Though some could argue that the stories needed more detail or fleshing out, I think this was a great way to share as many stories as possible, give a good foundation and make these stories accessible to a wider audience.

Happy reading!

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