Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum

Greek mythology has been presented in many forms, but Padraic Colum's book is a classic read about the subject.

Random House Books for Young Readers sent me a copy of this hardcover book written for young adults (thank you).  This book is part of the Looking Glass Library series, which is a very nice series of classic stories in an updated look.  The original illustrations are usually used, and the books are a quality product.  Willy Pogany line drawings enhance this story, and Rick Riordan gives an introduction to the story.

Jason is a bit too eager to help his father reclaim his lost throne and he and his daring companions go on an adventure that is dangerous and almost impossible to achieve.  He plans to bring home the Golden Fleece, and he has Heracles and Orpheus as well as others to help him. But they are not prepared for enchantresses, gods, goddesses and beasts of the type that they encounter.

Anyone with an interest in early mythology will enjoy reading this tale.  It's a bit easier to read in this version which is written for ages 8-12. It's available now at your local bookstore.  Go take a look.  You might want to pick up the whole series, which consists of six books.  Give your child a keepsake!

Happy reading.

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