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Persephone's mother, Demeter, goddess of Earth, is so brokenhearted about losing her daughter that she curses the land so nothing can grow.
Will Persephone and her mother ever be reunited?
Based on the Greek myth, this beautifully illustrated classic brings alive one of the world's most ancient legends - the origins of the seasons. Recommended for ages 7 to 10.
Number of Pages: 26
Vendor: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 10.75 X 9.75 (inches)|
How will Persephone and her mother be reunited? Will spring ever come again?
This lyrical retelling of the ancient Greek myth by master storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton is brought to life with Virginia Lee's beautiful illustrations. Young readers will be intrigued by the dramatic story as well as by its clever explanation for the changing seasons.
Virginia Lee worked as a sculptor for Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings film trilogy in New Zealand creating architectural details for the sets. She has also illustrated the childrens book Frog Bride by Antonia Barber (Frances Lincoln). Virginia lives in England.
International Reading Association-Children's Book Council Joint Committee, Children's Choices (2010)
Book Links, Lasting Connections of 2009
North Carolina Children's Book Award, Junior Books Nominee (20102011)
Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award, Nominee (2011-2012)
"This pourquoi tale from ancient Greek mythology has everything to recommend it to modern readers. Clayton employs vivid imagery, powerful emotions, and loads of action to convey adventure, grief, love, drama, and the circle of life. Dialogue is crisp and accessible, while retaining just a hint of the formality expected of gods and goddesses. Lee's imaginative illustrations, detailed in glowing earth tones and sweeping across doublepage spreads, complement the action. . . A beautiful retelling of an enduring myth."
"Approaching the Greek myth of Persephone with the respect that a good storyteller holds for a great story, Clayton retells the tale with drama and grace. The mixed-media artwork creates a series of scenes defined by sweeping lines, broad views, and restrained use of color. Reflecting the generally somber tone of the narrative, the illustrations are impressive in their stately beauty. Strange and memorable, the many cross-sections showing the earth's surface and the Underworld are particularly impressive. This lovely picture book was first published in England, but its appeal, like that of the myth, is universal."
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