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Children's LiteratureThe timeless tales of Greek mythology are an important part of our cultural heritage as well as being exciting stories. Theseus is a hero from his early years. Finding the golden sandals and sword left for him by his father, King Aegeus, he sets off for Athens to meet him, besting a giant and an ogre on the way. In Athens, he joins the youths and maidens sent to be sacrificed to the fearsome half-bull/half-man Minotaur. With the help of Princess Ariadne, he kills the Minotaur and escapes with her from the labyrinth prison. Byrd includes the tragic flight of Icarus in his lengthy retelling, as well as the fate of Ariadne and the sad end of Aegeus due to Theseus's mistake on his return. The end-papers offer a picture map identifying the location and route of Theseus's adventures. The visual tale is told in detailed scenes produced with black-ink lines and watercolors in a style suggesting the decorative art of ancient Greece. The costumes, architecture, and ship all set the historic stage for the exciting dramatic events. 2005, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 6 to 10.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz