Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Waldherr, illustrator of Amy Ehrlich's Rapunzel and Robert San Souci's The Firebird , here transplants a Greek myth to a dreamy, Botticelli-like setting. Evoking a time ``when gods and goddesses still lived among humans,'' her romantic prose describes Persephone's abduction by Pluto, ``lord of the underworld,'' and the heroic attempts of Persephone's mother, the harvest goddess Demeter, to rescue her. Lush oil paintings, some full-page, others in miniature, conjure up tranquil, moonlit landscapes; an ethereal netherworld; blossoming forests. Persephone and Demeter, both gauzily gowned and given flowing, pre-Raphaelite tresses, and an ardent, black-haired Pluto stand out against a supporting cast of courtly specters. Haunting. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Winter is a time for contemplation, a reflective time to talk and think. As long as people have lived, they have tried to explain the seasons. Waldherr allows parents to share with children one of the seasonal explanations of our ancestors and thereby opens doors to mythology. In Persephone and the Pomegranate, Waldherr gives the idyllic above-world happiness of Persephone and Demeter a light airy touch and balances this with the richness of deep reds in Persephone's underworld robe, the fire of Pluto's chariot, and the pomegranate that is Persephone's undoing. There's contrast measured not just in starkness of seasons, but in facial expression and the kinds of movements made in the two very different worlds. It's this kind of thoughtful presentation that will urge children to think, imagine and try to understand the ancient myths.