By Camp Reporter Trevin Ferguson and Volunteer Jody Gropp
Mythology is the study of stories. When cultures pass stories down from one generation to the next, those stories become myths. Usually, specific myths come from specific cultures.
In the case of We Are One at the Falling of the Sun, many cultures come together: Northern African, Chinese and Native American (Algonquin). The beautiful dress and appearance of these cultures are brought to life by the author’s colorful illustrations. In the words of write@253 camper Trevin: “I hadn’t seen that kind of illustration before.”
The words and pictures of the story tell the events of a girl named MeiFai, who comes from the sky and meets Kiros, a merman who lives in a kingdom beneath the sea. Because they are different, their families did not want them to be together. But they learned that things had to “change” because the love of MeiFai and Kiros was so strong. So the leaders of the two cultures compromised so that the sun and the sea, and MeiFai and Kiros, could meet and be together.
Trevin liked the ending because Kiros “wished the right way, and it came true.”
The weighty outcome brings life to the characters and readers alike. A camp volunteer Jody Gropp said, the book contained “Important messages that made me think of my own life.”
These are the qualities of myth that bring culture to life!
Write@253 is a free community writing center. Their summer writing camp, has students ages 4-12 who have been working on plays, newspaper stories and fairy tales.
This writing center grew out of conversations between high school and college writing teachers, counselors and staff at an annual writing workshop one Saturday afternoon in May 2011 at Tacoma Community College. To find out more about Write@253 or how to get involved check out this link: http://write253.wordpress.com