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Daedalus and the Minotaur
     

Daedalus and the Minotaur

by Priscilla Galloway, Normand Cousineau
 

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Inventor Daedalus, falsely accused of murder, is forced to flee Athens to the court of King Minos in Crete. The king commissions Daedalus to construct a gigantic labyrinth where he plans to imprison his disfigured son, Minotaur, a "monster" with a bull's head. Queen Passifay, wishing to protect her only son, urges Daedalus to prolong his work on her son's living

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Inventor Daedalus, falsely accused of murder, is forced to flee Athens to the court of King Minos in Crete. The king commissions Daedalus to construct a gigantic labyrinth where he plans to imprison his disfigured son, Minotaur, a "monster" with a bull's head. Queen Passifay, wishing to protect her only son, urges Daedalus to prolong his work on her son's living grave. Daedalus, fearing that his life and the life of his son Icarus will be in danger when the labyrinth is completed, procrastinates as long as possible while stealing time to pursue his own dream--to devise wings in order to fly with his son.

The third story in the critically acclaimed Tales of Ancient Land series, Daedalus and the Minotaur explores themes of human aspiration, pride, parental love and friendship, in a fast, suspenseful narrative.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-9Written in a flowing, easy-to-read style, this version of the classic tale is detailed and lively. Here, the fates of Daedalus and Icarus are left open ended; the narrative concludes as father and son launch themselves into the air. Galloway pays attention to the original myth, carefully crafting an engaging narrative while omitting some of the lustier aspects of the story. An informative afterword examines both its mythical and legendary elements and the tale's literary and scientific sources. Strong, dramatic ink and gouache illustrations take wing on full-page spreads as each chapter begins; they combine Greek designs and elements of the story with the textured, almost gritty, earth tones of Crete. A list for further reading, sources, and Web sites are also included. Though this book may not fly off the shelves by itself, students interested in mythology will not want to miss it.Angela J. Reynolds, West Slope Community Library, Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550374582
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Series:
Tales of Ancient Lands Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Priscilla Galloway, PhD has told old Greek stories to two generations of enthralled listeners and is now joyously weaving them into her own writing. She has published adult non-fiction and children's books, and her poetry and short fiction have appeared in magazines and scholarly journals. She has also edited several anthologies. She has taught literature and writing at the high school and university levels and been honored as Teacher of the Year by the Ontario Council of Teachers of English. Priscilla Galloway lives in Toronto.

Normand Cousineau was born in Montréal and studied Graphic Arts. His editorial illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, The Observer and The Globe & Mail. He has also received a Merit Award from Studio Magazine.

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