Beneath the Moon: Fairy Tales, Myths, and Divine Stories from Around the World (Hardcover)
I will never ever tire of reading fairy tales from all over the world. This book is a more contemporary version of the storybook of folktales I grew up reading. It was one of those books that formed the way I saw the world at a young age, and taught me to believe in beauty, truth, and love. I know that sounds cheesy as hell, but I believe that the best way to know a place is to know the stories they tell and the food they prepare. If you want to raise strong, empathetic children, read them fairy tales. If you want to reaffirm your own sense of beauty and hope, read a couple for yourself. I promise you won’t regret it, and this is a perfect place to get started.
-Jenna— From Jousting July Staff Picks
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.
About the Author
Yoshi Yoshitani is a California-based artist whose vibrant illustrations draw on inspiration from across the globe, with a particular focus on multicultural identity. Past clients include Disney, DC Comics, Valiant, Image, DreamWorks, and Netflix. Yoshi spends time researching world mythologies, listening to audiobooks, creating fashion inspiration boards, and attending comic conventions and art expos across the country.