Theseus and the Minotaur


Provides an introduction to the character of Theseus and the monster Minotaur, and Theseus' journey to kill the Minotaur.

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Provides an introduction to the character of Theseus and the monster Minotaur, and Theseus' journey to kill the Minotaur.

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Children's Literature
Young readers can glimpse f times past in the telling of this popular Greek story about Theseus. Armed with a sword and thread attached to the entrance so as to re-trace steps, he enters a labyrinth maze on the island of Crete to kill a Minotaur, (a monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man), who devoured anyone entering its secure enclosure. Two-page spreads contain a photo, etching, or painting on one page and on the second page details of the life of the featured mythical figure. Many ancient artists depicted different versions of the quest on Greek vases, cups, bowls and statues. Today minotaur rockets that launch satellites into space are named after the creature encountered by the hero. The "World Mythology" series of titles provides resources that compliment the content and assist readers in research including a list identifying ten mythical gods, goddesses, rulers, monsters, and heroes; one-page introduction to myths; useful related titles; addresses for classical associations; references to mythology today; and FactHound, an internet search engine recommended for safe visits. Violence and sexual issues are addressed in a subtle manner. The table of contents index, glossary, and map add to the value of this source. This title will whet the appetites of those who enjoy mythology. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Barbara Troisi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736826631
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: World Mythology Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott R. Welvaert lives in Chaska, Minnesota, with his wife and two daughters. He has written many children's books. Most recently, he has written about Helen Keller, the Donner Party, and Thomas Edison. Scott enjoys reading and writing poetry and stories. He also enjoys playing video games and watching the Star Wars movies with his children.

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