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The Sea Ringed World | Folk Tales for Kids from the Americas - Alder & Alouette
The Sea Ringed World | Folk Tales for Kids from the Americas - Alder & Alouette

The Sea Ringed World |Sacred Stories From Indigenous Peoples from Argentina to Alaska for Kids

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Fifteen thousand years before Europeans stepped foot in the Americas, people had already spread from tip to tip and coast to coast. Like all humans, these Native Americans sought to understand their place in the universe, the nature of their relationship with the divine, and the origin of the world into which their ancestors had emerged. The answers lay in their sacred stories, some recorded in The Sea-Ringed World.

Author Maíra Garíca Espeórn, illustrator Amanda Mijangos, and translator David Bowles have gifted us a treasure. Their talents have woven this collection of stories from nations and cultures across our two continents--The Sea-Ringed World, as the Aztecs called it--from the edge of Argentina all the way up to Alaska.


  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award | Honor Book | Children's | 2022
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
  • Booklist Editor’s Choice
  • Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids
  • Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best
  • ABC Group Best Books for Young Readers


  • The Sea Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas
  • Written by Maria Garcia Esperon and illustrated by Amanda Mijangos.
  • Published by Levine Querido, February 23, 2021
  • Ages 8 to 11 years
  • 1.3" H x 10.6" L x 7.9" W (2.5 lbs) 240 pages
  • 1.3" H x 4.3" L x 6.3" W (1.35 lbs) 256 pages
  • Hardcover and Softcover Available



Hypnotizing...Provocative...Disarming--The New York Times  

Evocative and stirring...mesmerizing to read aloud.--The Wall Street Journal

★ Visually striking...full of vivid language.--Publishers Weekly (starred)  

★ A rich anthology to understand and delight in Native traditions.--Booklist (starred)

★ Begs to be read aloud.--Kirkus (starred)  

★ Impressive, handsome, and universally appealing.--Horn Book (starred)  

★ Breathtaking and simply beautiful.--School Library Journal (starred)

★ The language sparkles and the tales beg to be read aloud.--School Library Connection (starred)  

Visually arresting, captivating collection of traditional stories.--Shelf-Awareness

David Bowles' graceful translation renders this volume an excellent addition to any storytelling collection.--BCCB

One-of-a-kind...A collection that will appeal to children, but also to any lover and collector of books.--BookRiot