[PW] Children's book stumper

d-lien University of Minnesota d-lien at umn.edu
Thu Jul 30 10:56:45 PDT 2015


For the record, this was posted on Fiction-L on July 12th (and has had
no responses there), but I'm pretty sure it had not previously been
posted her on Project Wombat.  I'm afraid I don't know the book,
though.

Dennis Lien / d-lien at umn.edu

On Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 12:23 PM, Andrea Kroll <AKroll at ccclib.org> wrote:
> Apologies if this patron has already contacted you for the forgotten title of this children's book.  The requestor even included a drawing and book dimensions (from memory):
>
>
>
> "I am from Maryland and am in search of a book that I read from childhood
> in the mid 1990s that I cannot seem to locate anywhere.
> Please do not immediately discard this message as I would like you to read
> it in full first. I have been searching for this book over
> 2 years now and have seem to have exhausted every book-finding resource
> available online. It seems that my last option is to
> have as many librarians look at my inquiry in hopes that one of them has
> heard of/read the book. Even Library of Congress librarians
> could not solve it.
>
> I have sent inquiries to libraries across several states so far, and now I
> continue with California for help.
>
> I will try to give as many details as I can remember. I remember neither
> title or author, but I can promise you that the general storyline/premise
> is unique. I have compared the story to 1000's of others on goodreads.com,
> to folklore/mythology
> tales from all over the world, and none so far compares to this story.
>
> The story begins with many gods/deities in the universe that have just
> finished creating a world, and they are quarreling amongst each other
> because no object or creature in the world was given a name yet. So the
> deities decide to create a boy (or assign a boy, I don't remember exactly
> how they pick the boy) in the newly created world the task of naming
> everything for them. Thus, the boy goes on many adventures traveling to
> distant places and giving names to everything.
>
> So for example, if the boy came across an object or creature, he would ask
> the gods "What is this called?" and they would respond something like
> "That's up to you to decide" along those lines.
>
> The author could have had influence or have been inspired by foreign
> creation stories/myths/legends (Indian/Arabic, possibly
> Greek/Persian/Chinese?). It is also possible that the book could have been
> translated into English from another language.
>
> The copy I had was a hardback may have had a dustjacket, color was
> offwhite with decent spine thickness ((roughly 5/5.5 x 8" dimensions,
> about .5" thick). It was published before 1998, and could be from any
> decade before the 90s. The cover was colorful, featuring an illustrated
> image of the boy looking down on a cloud, with short black hair, wearing
> white
> (his eyes are looking downward) with a celestial background I've drawn an
> image from memory of the cover. It may
> not be 100% but I know for sure the boy had black hair and was featured on
> the cover.
> The gods may have been elemental gods (god of wind, thunder, etc), so you
> will notice lightning,
> wind, and little details to represent the elements. Backdrop is celestial,
> featuring the moon, stars, etc.
>
> http://postimg.org/image/canm7zuu7/<https://mail.ccclib.org/owa/Ask@ccclib.org/redir.aspx?C=u2-HwCrjq0-1LPHMA3AwOdzEMTGAntIIP3bJqEjX5Q-8flozdJKBLyM33ipbkiutxsDzF0xQ_-0.&URL=http%3a%2f%2fpostimg.org%2fimage%2fcanm7zuu7%2f>
>
> Please circulate this inquiry to several colleagues.
> Thank you once again for your help!
> Sincerely,
> Michael Maman
>
> name:           Michael M
>
> emailaddress:   professional_47 at mailforce.net "
>
>
>
> Thank you very much!
>
>
>
>
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