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The Golden Fleece: And the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles
     

The Golden Fleece: And the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles

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by Padraic Colum
 

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A Newbery Honor-winning collection of epic myths that “is unequaled as an introduction to the classic myths for young readers” (Publishers Weekly).

Enter a world where harpies torment mortals, the Argonaut Orpheus sings, the mighty god Zeus wages war on the Titans, and Prometheus steals fire. Author Padraic Colum weaves the

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A Newbery Honor-winning collection of epic myths that “is unequaled as an introduction to the classic myths for young readers” (Publishers Weekly).

Enter a world where harpies torment mortals, the Argonaut Orpheus sings, the mighty god Zeus wages war on the Titans, and Prometheus steals fire. Author Padraic Colum weaves the tales of Jason and his Argonauts with classic Greek mythology to create this captivating epic about life, war, and astounding beings who lived in a time long past. Poetically written and wonderful for reading aloud, this collection of ancient stories will captivate modern readers.

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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442483231
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,303,951
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Padraic Colum (1881–1972) was a poet, a playwright, and a leader of the Irish Renaissance, but he is best known for his works for children, including The Children of Odin and The Golden Fleece (a Newbery Honor Book).
William Andrew ("Willy") Pogany (August 1882 – 30 July 1955) was a prolific Hungarian illustrator of children's and other books.

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This book was wonderful! I couldn't put it down! I liked it so much that I read it 3 different times! It is a must for those who love mythology and fantasy!
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