On a warm spring day, the beautiful young goddess Persephone is snatched from her home by Hades, god of the Underworld, and taken away to live underground and become his bride. Persephone's mother, Demeter, goddess of Earth, is so brokenhearted that she curses the land so nothing can grow — a permanent winter. How will Persephone and her mother be reunited? Will spring ever come again? This lyrical retelling of the ancient Greek myth by master storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton is brought to life with Virginia Lee's beautiful illustrations. Young readers will be intrigued by the dramatic story as well as by its clever explanation for the changing seasons.
About the Author
Sally Pomme Clayton is an internationally acclaimed storyteller, children’s book author, and award-winning playwright. Her previous books for children include Amazons! Women Warriors of the World and Tales Told in Tents (both Frances Lincoln). Sally lives
Virginia Lee worked on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy creating architectural details for the sets. She has also illustrated the children’s book Frog Bride by Antonia Barber (Frances Lincoln). Virginia lives in England.
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Persephone based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Beautiful illustrations compliment this lovely retelling of the myth of Persephone. Author's note about cultural significance.
Persephone is a beautiful retelling of the Greek myth. In this book, we learn that the young goddess Persephone is taken by Hades down to the underworld. Before her mother, Demeter, can save her, Persephone gets hungry and eats three pomegranate seed while in the underworld. Because of this, Persephone is forced to spend three months out of the year with Hades. These three months are winter because it is the time that Demeter mourns for the loss of her child. I thought that the book was visually stunning. The illustrations seemed to flow. I loved the color scheme. I think that children will enjoy this book.