The glory of Greek mythology becomes accessible to children through the writings of master storyteller Padraic Colum.


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The Golden Fleece

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And the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles
Padraic Colum
Illustrated by Willy Pogany

A perfect companion to THE CHILDREN'S HOMER, this book rounds out the cycle of Greek mythology begun there. Here, we follow the strange and wondrous adventures of Jason and his Argonauts - through uncharted waters where clashing rocks dash the sea, to shores where harpies with wings of birds and heads of women torment the poor mortals. In our mind's eye, we view Zeus's battle with the Titans, Pandora and her jar filled with the wrath of the gods, Persephone in the Underworld, Prometheus and his gift of fire, and still more.

The extraordinary quality this book has going for it is that, while many volumes containing these stories end up sounding and feeling disjointed and confusing, Colum has skillfully woven the stories into one literate, flowing narrative. This book has come to be recognized as a classic about the classics. (It was first published in 1921). Line drawings in an Art Nouveau style are scattered throughout.

(Ages: 9 and up)

eBook price $2.99

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