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Demeter and Persephone: Spring Held Hostage, a Greek Myth

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This graphic novel tells the story of Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest, and her daughter, Persephone. Demeter rules over a perpetual summer on earth, where crops, trees, and flowers grow in abundance. Persephone, young and beautiful, unknowingly attracts the attention of the lonely god of the Underworld, Hades. Hades kidnaps Persephone, and a frantic Demeter searches in vain for her daughter. Finally, Demeter retreats to her temple in mourning. The goddess's sorrow causes the crops to die and the ground ...
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Overview

This graphic novel tells the story of Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest, and her daughter, Persephone. Demeter rules over a perpetual summer on earth, where crops, trees, and flowers grow in abundance. Persephone, young and beautiful, unknowingly attracts the attention of the lonely god of the Underworld, Hades. Hades kidnaps Persephone, and a frantic Demeter searches in vain for her daughter. Finally, Demeter retreats to her temple in mourning. The goddess's sorrow causes the crops to die and the ground to freeze. The first winter falls over Greece. As people begin to starve, the other Olympian gods and goddesses try to convince Demeter to accept a marriage between Persephone and Hades. But Demeter will not give up her daughter forever to the Underworld. Finally a compromise is struck: Persephone will stay with Hades for half a year (winter). When she comes back from the Underworld to spend half a year with her mother, spring returns to earth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822565703
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Series: Graphic Myths and Legends Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 565,029
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: GN490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron and Justine Fontes have written many kinds of books for many publishers, including Sunjata: Warrior King of Mali, Atalanta: The Race Against Destiny, The Trojan Horse: The Fall of Troy, and Demeter & Persephone: Spring Held Hostage in the Graphic Myths and Legends series (Graphic Universe™) and Captured by Pirates in the Twisted Journeys™ series (Graphic Universe™). Ron has a background in commercial writing and worked at Marvel Comics in the 1980s. He and his wife Justine have their own imprint, Sonic Comics.

Steve Kurth was born and raised in west central Wisconsin. He graduated with a BFA in illustration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Steve's art has appeared in Hercules: The Twelve Labors and in numerous comic books, including G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Ghostbusters, Dragonlance, and Cracked magazine.

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