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King Midas and the Golden Touch

King Midas and the Golden Touch

by Eric Metaxas, Rodica Prato (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-- While most collections need a good single-tale edition of King Midas's story, this is not it. In overwrought prose, Metaxas tells an embroidered version in which Midas's greed is inspired by seeing a butterfly made golden in the sun's light. A messenger from Helios, the light-bearer, gives Midas his wish rather than Bacchus, who, in the tradition of Bulfinch and Hamilton, granted Midas a wish for saving his life. The butterfly motif is found throughout. While it is the storyteller's prerogative to embellish a story, this one is not acceptable for those who expect to meet the traditional Greek myth with its characters and references intact. Prato's watercolors depict the elegant surroundings decorated by friezes, urns, statuary, and tapestries, but her human figures seem imposed upon the scenery like cut-outs rather than within them. The audio tape features Michael Caine's uneven and overemphatic delivery, varying from loud to inaudible. Stick with the D'Aulaires's Book of Greek Myths (Doubleday, 1980), which devotes a single paragraph to Midas, until something better comes along. --Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA

Product Details

Publication date:
Rabbit Ears: A Classic Tale Series
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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