My Hero, Hercules

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Hercules is cursed at his birth by Hera. Zeus's jealous wife resents the prediction that Zeus's half-mortal son would be a "king of kings," with remarkable strength.

Jason, a ten-year-old motherless mortal, believes his life is cursed by his cowardly, weak father, Tellus. They live in a village where strength is valued over intellect. Although Jason greedily devours his father's stories of Hercules, he finds transcriber Tellus' passion for history and all other stories pathetic....

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Overview

Hercules is cursed at his birth by Hera. Zeus's jealous wife resents the prediction that Zeus's half-mortal son would be a "king of kings," with remarkable strength.

Jason, a ten-year-old motherless mortal, believes his life is cursed by his cowardly, weak father, Tellus. They live in a village where strength is valued over intellect. Although Jason greedily devours his father's stories of Hercules, he finds transcriber Tellus' passion for history and all other stories pathetic. Skinny like his father, Jason's greatest desire is to be like his hero, Hercules.

When a fire ignites the house, a panicked Tellus chooses to protect his transcriber's hands rather than douse the blaze, and as a result, loses his life. Perhaps it is because Jason is the same age as Hercules' dead son, that the god in the heavens responds to Jason's mournful pleas and offerings. Hercules visits Jason and takes him on visual journeys through episodes of his past, filled with bravery, blood...and evidence of Hercules' unthinking, violent temper. After Hercules returns to the heavens, he sends Jason one last test, to determine whether Jason is worthy to travel with him.

Jason searches for a token of Hercules' time on earth, with a clue from his Grandfather. He labors in a field for a year, growing in strength and stamina, before he uncovers one of Hercules' old battle arrows. As a reward, Hercules takes Jason with him on a death-defying adventure. Together, they face the many challenges posed by King Eurystheus: Hercules and Jason skin the Nemean lion, battle the many-headed watersnake of Hydra, capture the elusive, beautiful white deer of Cerynia, and defy Herz's immortal trickery. Over time, Jason grows in bravery, as well as in compassion; he helps to save Hercules' life, and comes to see his father Tellus more justly.

My Hero Hercules, the fourth title in the critically acclaimed Tales of Ancient Lands series, is a tight, character-driven narrative of friendship, loyalty, and self-discovery. It is a dramatic, while sympathetic portrayal of the weaknesses and strengths of character that can accompany a strong body, and a strong mind.

About the Author:

Priscilla Galloway is the author of Aleta and the Queen: A Tale of Ancient Greece, Atlanta, The Fastest Runner in the World, and Daedalus and the Minotaur, which was short-listed for a 1998 Mr. Christie's Book Award.

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Galloway has found a novel way to present a complicated story that children can digest. Recommended.
— Harriet Zaidman
Canadian Materials - Harriet Zaidman
Priscilla Galloway has taken the various events in Hercules's adventurous life and created a fictional account of it, using a stylized English that reflects the ancient times.... Galloway has found a novel way to present a complicated story that children can digest. By adding the 10-year-old Jason to the story, she allows the young reader to experience vicariously Jason's time with Hercules. The difficult story is explained through the dialogue and explanations.... It provides the reader with a basis to remember the myth of Hercules and serves an enticement to read more myths from ancient civilizations. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550375688
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Series: Tales of Ancient Lands Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Priscilla Galloway is a witty and scholarly writer, storyteller and educator whose work has received numerous awards. This is the fourth title in the acclaimed Tales of Ancient Lands series, following Aleta and the Queen: A Tale of Ancient Greece; Atalanta, The Fastest Runner in the World; and Daedalus and the Minotaur.

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