The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles (Looking Glass Library)

The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles (Looking Glass Library)

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by Padraic Colum, Willy Pogany
     
 

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Travel to ancient Greece, where gods and goddesses walk the earth and a youth named Jason must capture the famous Golden Fleece. Mythology buffs will love the classic stories of Greek heroes, from Hercules to Orpheus to Theseus. With an introduction by Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, fantasy fans will thoroughly enjoy this Newbery…  See more details below

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Travel to ancient Greece, where gods and goddesses walk the earth and a youth named Jason must capture the famous Golden Fleece. Mythology buffs will love the classic stories of Greek heroes, from Hercules to Orpheus to Theseus. With an introduction by Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, fantasy fans will thoroughly enjoy this Newbery award winning classic.


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Children's Literature - Jody Little
Rick Riordan, author of the popular "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series, writes the introduction for this classic tale of Jason and the Argonauts. Initially written in the 1920s, author Colum shares the story of Jason who was raised by the centaur Chiron. When Jason becomes a young man, he returns to his home in Iolcus where he is given a challenge from his uncle, King Pelias. Pelias suggests that Jason travel to Colchis to win the famous Golden Fleece that is guarded by King Aetes. A massive ship, the Argo, is built for Jason's voyage, and Jason enlists heroes from near and far to join him on his journey: Castor, Polydeuces, Orpheus, Atalanta, Hercules and Theses to name a few. On their journey, Orpheus tells the Argonauts great stories from the past. After many setbacks, the Argo reaches Colchis. With the help of Medea, the sorceress daughter of King Aetes, Jason is able to secure the Golden Fleece from the huge labyrinth. The voyage home, however, is filled with more problems: the island of Circe with the beautiful sirens who woo the Argonauts with their haunting songs, and the great desert across which the heroes must carry the Argo. Colum ends his tale with legends of the heroes aboard the Argo, the lives of Jason, Theseus, Atalanta, Hercules and Orpheus. As Riordan mentions in his introduction, the language of the story is "grand and old-fashioned," but readers who enjoy the resurgence of Greek myths in modern novels may appreciate the original versions as well. Reviewer: Jody Little

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375897573
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Series:
Looking Glass Library Series
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Padraic Colum (1881–1972) was an Irish poet, dramatist, novelist, and collector of folklore. He was a three-time Newbery Honor award winner.

Rick Riordan is the author of the enormously popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.


From the Hardcover edition.

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