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About the Author

Diane Wolkstein was born in Newark, New Jersey on November 11, 1942. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College and a master's degree in education from Bank Street College in New York. She later spent several years in Paris, where she worked as a teacher and studied mime. She worked as New show more York City's official storyteller from 1967 to 1971. Her radio show, Stories from Many Lands, was broadcast on WNYC from 1968 until 1980. She also helped create the Storytelling Center of New York City, which trains thousands of volunteers and sends them into the city's public schools and libraries. She wrote more than 20 books during her lifetime including Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth with Samuel Noah Kramer and Esther's Story. She died while undergoing emergency surgery for a heart condition on January 31, 2012 at the age of 70. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Diane Wolkstein

Esther's Story (1996) 199 copies
Little Mouse's Painting (1992) 144 copies
The Banza: A Haitian Story (1980) 139 copies
The Magic Wings (1983) 66 copies
The Cool Ride in the Sky (1973) 63 copies
White Wave: A Chinese Tale (1979) 52 copies
The little banjo (2000) 43 copies

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(155) ancient history (11) Ancient Near East (16) animals (18) art (13) Bible Stories (15) children (14) children's (24) China (18) Esther (13) fairy tales (24) fiction (47) folklore (58) folktale (26) folktales (52) friendship (13) goddess (31) goddesses (13) Haiti (46) hardcover (11) history (38) Inanna (32) literature (18) Mesopotamia (33) multicultural (11) myth (22) myths (14) non-fiction (36) own (12) pagan (12) picture book (75) poetry (56) Purim (22) religion (65) short stories (16) Sumer (56) Sumerian (26) Sumerian mythology (14) to-read (48) women's studies (14)

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Finally read most of this after moving it around for 40+ years. Interesting interpretations of the poetry and legends by Wolkstein and interesting history of the discoveries of the texts and of the history and culture of Sumer by Kramer.
ritaer | 12 other reviews | Mar 21, 2024 |
Recommended by BMcH. Crazy, like a trip to the zog people, only it's my relatives. I once had a "wild-haired enkum-creature" as a pet. My copy is from the Erie, Illinois high school and still has the date due sheet and the pocket for the library card. Nobody ever took it out.
markm2315 | 12 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |
Cute retelling of a lesser-known Brothers Grimm story...but what the heck is with the names Jared and Raina? The princess is named for a ray of sunshine but "rain" is literally in her name.

Anyway, cute illustrations, an active princess who chooses, helps, and works with her prince before getting married, and gets herself out of an abusive situation. She even learns a lesson and frees her birds from their cages after escaping the house where she'd been kept prisoner. Much better than the best-known princess fare.… (more)
books-n-pickles | 2 other reviews | Oct 2, 2022 |



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