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The Scattered Jewels - And Other Tales of Guyana (Paperback)
The Scattered Jewels - And Other Tales of Guyana (Paperback): Evadne D'Oliveira
The Scattered Jewels - And Other Tales of Guyana (Paperback): Evadne D'Oliveira

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The Scattered Jewels - And Other Tales of Guyana (Paperback)

Evadne D'Oliveira; Illustrated by Marilyn Mets

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The Scattered Jewels and Other Tales of Guyana is a collection of three fantasies drawn from Guyanese folklore. The first, "The Scattered Jewels," seeks to explain the difference in size of the three counties of Guyana -- Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice -- and the preponderance of jewels (gold and diamonds) found in Essequibo as compared to those found in the other two counties. Lord Frengdutch left the land and the jewels to be divided equally among his sons, Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice. "Since we cannot agree on how to divide the land," said the brothers, "we will go to the Royal Council. They have the wisdom and ability to do what is needed." Accordingly, the members of the Royal Council stepped into the fray and, because of their intervention, Guyana was divided into three counties and the jewels scattered across the land. There is a mystery about Guyana and the scattered jewels and, when reading this fable, questions may arise, such as where and what are the scattered jewels? Are these treasures only in Guyana? And, by the way, where do the mermaids come from? The second tale draws us into the world of these mysterious creatures of the deep. Fear of rain and of thunder and lightning is explored through the fable of "Seraphon," a mermaid, and her human husband. Every night they would sit on the sea wall and sing until, at sunrise, Seraphon would plunge into the water, leaving him alone. The mermaid theme continues with "The Lure of the Mermaid" and the discovery of the Wai-Wai, the first people of Guyana, and the Manitou, the fisherman of long, long ago. These unique beings were the forerunners of the mysterious Water People of Guyana. Through these stories, the legends of sun-kissed Guyana, the land of many waters, are recreated. Such stories have been passed down from generation to generation, representing the heritage of all those who live or who have lived in Guyana. Evadne D'Oliveira is a Guyanese writer living in Canada. A storyteller and playwright, she believes in filling the gap for the children who always want to know more about stories from long ago. For many years, she wrote stories that were presented on "Broadcast to Schools" in Guyana. She has been an editor at the Guyana Chronicle and the representative for PEN International in Guyana.


Imprint: Natural Heritage Books
Country of origin: Canada
Release date: March 2002
Authors: Evadne D'Oliveira
Illustrators: Marilyn Mets
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
ISBN-13: 978-1-896219-78-3
Barcode: 9781896219783
Categories: Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction > Fairy tales, folk tales, fables, magical tales & traditional stories
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Fables, Magical Tales & Traditional Stories
Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction > Science fiction
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun > Science Fiction
Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction > Short stories & other fiction > Short stories
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun > Short Stories & Other Fiction > Short Stories
LSN: 1-896219-78-0

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