Theseus and the Minotaur

Theseus and the Minotaur

by James Ford
     
 

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Every nine years, the Athenians have to send a sacrifice of seven young men and women to Crete. These victims meet a gruesome end in the jaws of the Minotaur. Only Theseus can end this cycle, but he will need the help of a princess, a famous craftsman, and a ball of thread. Will he survive?  See more details below

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Every nine years, the Athenians have to send a sacrifice of seven young men and women to Crete. These victims meet a gruesome end in the jaws of the Minotaur. Only Theseus can end this cycle, but he will need the help of a princess, a famous craftsman, and a ball of thread. Will he survive?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Young readers will learn about the epic tale of Minos and his desire to be heir to the throne in this colorfully-illustrated book. Pasiphae's delivery of the Minotaur is simplistically explained to the reader. The illustration of the Minotaur is gruesome—especially when seen with the tail end of a rat hanging out of its mouth. On one page is the story text while on the opposite page an "Ask the storyteller" question and answer are provided. The illustrations—with the organizational structure—ease the comprehension of the story of Minos. A table of contents, introduction, glossary, a "who's who" with pronunciation key, and an index are included. This title is part of the "Ancient Myths" series. 2005 (orig. 2004), Picture Window Books, Ages 8 up.
—Rosa Roberts
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Each of these British imports begins with an almost-identical preface describing "The World of Ancient Mythology" and then moves on to an introduction that sets the scene. The narratives remain true to the original tales with little adaptation. The writing style in all three is clear but pedestrian. Boxes that provide additional background on people and places appear on every page. Unfortunately, in all three books, caricatures reminiscent of Saturday-morning cartoons illustrate even the most tragic or horrific of events, such as Hercules feeding Diomedes to his hungry horses (Hercules) or Medea tossing parts of a dismembered Pelias into a boiling cauldron (Jason). Cartoon buffoonery deflates the power of these stories, and dialogue bubbles-such as Hercules muttering "Come on, you fat pig!" as he drags the Erymanthian Boar-are equally jarring. Children would be better served by Malam's Gods and Goddesses (School Specialty, 1999).-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435151215
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
09/12/2013
Series:
Ancient Greek Myths
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.54(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
7 Years

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