Pegasus, the Flying Horse

Pegasus, the Flying Horse

by Jane Yolen, Li Ming
     
 

Acclaimed author Jane Yolen and artist Li Ming once again join forces to bring us this lyrical and stunningly illustrated retelling of the classic Greek myth of Pegasus. Yolen weaves a powerful tale of adventure and daring. Son of Poseidon and a mortal woman, Bellerophon tames the miraculous winged horse, Pegasus; slays the hideous three-headed Chimaera, and marries a…  See more details below

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Acclaimed author Jane Yolen and artist Li Ming once again join forces to bring us this lyrical and stunningly illustrated retelling of the classic Greek myth of Pegasus. Yolen weaves a powerful tale of adventure and daring. Son of Poseidon and a mortal woman, Bellerophon tames the miraculous winged horse, Pegasus; slays the hideous three-headed Chimaera, and marries a beautiful princess. However, the young man meets his downfall when he tries to claim a place among the gods in Valhalla, angering Zeus with his overreaching pride. Li Ming�s oil paintings bring the world of these haunting and timeless figures of mythology to life, filling each page with high drama and carefully rendered portraits of monsters and gods. In Pegasus, the Flying Horse, Yolen and Li Ming re-create the power and enchantment of their first successful collaboration, Merlin and the Dragons. By turns exhilarating and terrifying, this story is sure to keep young readers turning the page, and is also perfect for reading out loud. Jane Yolen is the author of nearly two hundred books, including the Caldecott winner Owl Moon, illustrated by John Schoenherr.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 4--A story within a story. A boy and his father are in the Corinth market to buy a horse when they meet an old beggar who regales them with the tale of Bellerophon, a proud and handsome young man who is interested in only one thing--catching and riding Pegasus. With the help of Athena, he bridles and rides the winged horse. When Bellerophon accidentally causes his brother's death, he flees to a distant kingdom. There, the queen falls in love with him, engendering yet another swift retreat. He is forced to perform the dangerous deed of killing the Chimaera in order to redeem himself. Bellerophon's hubris eventually gets the best of him when he dares to ride into the realm of Zeus and is tossed off Pegasus and left with a crippled leg. By story's end, readers realize that the teller is indeed Bellerophon. Yolen eloquently brings this ancient tale to life. The artist's lush, Renaissance-style oil paintings surround the text. Each is thick with color, and while the human forms are not always competently done, Pegasus is consistently spectacular. Full of light and saturated color, the illustrations deftly set the tone and place. All of the elements of a good story are here: adventure, intrigue, wicked acts of deceit, heroic deeds, and the dangers of pride. A perfect selection for young fantasy fans and an inviting introduction to myths.--Angela J. Reynolds, West Slope Community Library, Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525652441
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/1998
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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