The Golden Fleece: And the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles [NOOK Book]

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"The Golden Fleece And the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles" is Padraic Colum's classic retelling of principally the ancient mythological tales of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece. Also included are tales of the creation of the heavens and the earth, Zeus's battle with the Titans, Pandora's box (a jar in this case), Persephone in the Underworld, and the adventures of Hercules. With numerous illustrations by Willy Pogany these ancient myths are once again brought to life.

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Overview

"The Golden Fleece And the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles" is Padraic Colum's classic retelling of principally the ancient mythological tales of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece. Also included are tales of the creation of the heavens and the earth, Zeus's battle with the Titans, Pandora's box (a jar in this case), Persephone in the Underworld, and the adventures of Hercules. With numerous illustrations by Willy Pogany these ancient myths are once again brought to life.

Describes the cycle of myths about the Argonauts and the quest for the Golden Fleece, as well as the tales of the Creation of Heaven and Earth, the labors of Hercules, Theseus and the Minotaur, etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Colum's stirring telling of the Greek epics is unequaled as an introduction to the classic myths for young readers.

Children's Literature
Reader, prepare yourself for storytelling at a slower pace. In Colum's book, language mimics the epics in its formality of style with a sprinkling of grand similes, while the book's intricate structure is original. Jason's episodic heroic voyage provides the framework of stories within stories. Jason's acceptance of the challenge by his usurper-uncle to bring back the Golden Fleece begins the central plot. The building of the Argo, the roundup of heroes and half-divines, like Heracles, Theseus, Castor and Polydeuces, Atalanta, and Orpheus, sets up the plot and characters. Jason falls for Queen Hypsipyle on the women's Island of Lemnos, where the Argonauts nearly forget about their mission. But once in Colchis, Jason is again focused on his task, which he accomplishes with the help of the sorceress Medea. By the end of the book, Jason has returned to Iolkus and claimed his throne, but Medea has disobeyed the gods and turned Jason to another woman, whom Medea kills. Such plot twists are commonplace in this mythic world of Demeter and Persephone, Pandora and her jar, Prometheus and the vulture, Perseus and the Gorgon, Theseus and the Minotaur, Orpheus and Eurydice, and the labors of Heracles. The creation of Heaven and Earth and of the many races of men, as well as the story of Achilles' parents, are here. The Battle of the Frogs and Mice, probably the author's own mock-heroic addition, is another amusing interlude. The illustrations are simple but effective. There are some copyediting errors. 2004 (orig. 1921), Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster, and Ages 10 up.
—Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.
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Publishers Weekly Colum's stirring telling of the Greek epics is unequaled as an introduction to the classic myths for young readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375897573
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Looking Glass Library
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 271,144
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

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.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2011

    have u read it?

    me and my friends are ubsessed with greek mythology ever since we read the percy jacksons series. this book has epanded my kmowledge in greek mythology and im 10!

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    greek mythology lovers

    this is a good book for kids and people who love greek mythology. i know im obsessed with greek mythology and im only 12. still was a great experience!!!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    Great first book before the Percy Jackson series!

    Was kind of a slow read in places! But was a fantastic background of characters and Greek mythology for the Percy Jackson series and the heroes series of Riordan's. It explains who the referenced gods were and the heroes as well. Worth reading!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Best Author

    I have basically read almost all of rick riordans books, and i can already tell, without reading this, its an awesome book. Also, read the percy jackson books, the heroes of olympus series, and the demigod files.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Good author

    I read all his books except the demigod diaries and the kane chroniicles. Hes awesome

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Annoumous

    I finally found
    something i was interested in and it is good oh how much i luv it

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    A

    Amanzing author

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Richard 2011

    Great book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    NEED TO READ

    I READ THE BOOK IT WAS KIND OF CONFUSING BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT WAS WRITTEN BESIDES THAT IT WAS AN AWSOME BOOK SO I RECOMENDED TO PEOPLE WHO LIKE GREEK MYTHOLOGY

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    ....

    havent read it yet but it looks great. evrry since rick riordans(best author ever,) percy jackson series, i became obsesd woth mythology.i no all the god! since i already no about jason and the agronaughts, sreeling the gllden fleece, i might chek this book out. i realy want people to be into greek mythology( other than the fact my friends call me weird cause i luv it!) rick riordans my fave author and i think u should check out his books.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    greek mythology

    this book is all about Jason and his journey to find the golden fleece. this book is written by the 3 experts on greek mythology.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Jason

    This book is the REAL deal

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Interesting

    My child is ten and reading this book and she says it is very good. She is reading it in school and might be reading a different version. There is great vocabulary and really is enriching her reading skills, her version is written in old english and really she loves it! It is a bit challenging for her, even though she is an advanced reader! Great for people of all ages!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Lovin the greek!!

    Me n my bff r obsesd with the greek godz! This book is great 4 tweenz!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    Awesome

    its a great book!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    This Joshua Slone

    This iis a goud book to start you off by Rick Riordan





    This is a good book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Nutg

    Gumkut

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    This book...

    IS GREAT!=)LOL HALLA!!! If u dont like this book... go srew ur mom/dad u lozer

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Wow

    Ok i give it 5 stars ,and by "it" i meen the comments, you people are hilarious XD

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Found it....

    In a WORD not WORLD

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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