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Demeter refuses to allow spring to appear until she has been reunited with her daughter Persephone, who has been abducted to the Underworld by Pluto....

Title : Persephone and the Pomegranate: A Myth from Greece
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ISBN : 9780803711914
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Persephone and the Pomegranate: A Myth from Greece Reviews

  • Tealmermaid
    2019-05-06 00:16

    A beautifully illustrated retelling of this classic tale. I like that Persephone has her own agency in deciding to stay in the Underworld for half of each year.

  • Olivia
    2019-05-07 03:13

    Title: Persephone and the PomegranateAuthor: Kris WaldherrIllustrator: Kris WaldherrGenre: MythTheme(s): Mythology, Ancient Greece, Mothers & Daughters, Seasons—Winter & SpringOpening line/sentence: “A long time ago, when gods and goddesses still lived among humans, Demeter, goddess of the harvest, had a daughter names Persephone whom she treasured more than the earth.”Brief Book Summary: In this Greek myth, mother Demeter and daughter Persephone are separated and Demeter will do anything to get her daughter back. This includes going to see the lord of the underworld, Pluto, who is holding her daughter hostage. Throughout this tale, many familiar gods like Zeus will be introduced. This story creatively tells how the seasons of winter and spring came to be. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Susie Wilde (Children's Literature) Winter is a time for contemplation, a reflective time to talk and think. As long as people have lived, they have tried to explain the seasons. Waldherr allows parents to share with children one of the seasonal explanations of our ancestors and thereby opens doors to mythology. In Persephone and the Pomegranate, Waldherr gives the idyllic above-world happiness of Persephone and Demeter a light airy touch and balances this with the richness of deep reds in Persephone's underworld robe, the fire of Pluto's chariot, and the pomegranate that is Persephone's undoing. There's contrast measured not just in starkness of seasons, but in facial expression and the kinds of movements made in the two very different worlds. It's this kind of thoughtful presentation that will urge children to think, imagine and try to understand the ancient myths. 1993, Dial, $14.99, $14.89. Ages 5 to 10. (PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly) Waldherr, illustrator of Amy Ehrlich's Rapunzel and Robert San Souci's The Firebird , here transplants a Greek myth to a dreamy, Botticelli-like setting. Evoking a time ``when gods and goddesses still lived among humans,'' her romantic prose describes Persephone's abduction by Pluto, ``lord of the underworld,'' and the heroic attempts of Persephone's mother, the harvest goddess Demeter, to rescue her. Lush oil paintings, some full-page, others in miniature, conjure up tranquil, moonlit landscapes; an ethereal netherworld; blossoming forests. Persephone and Demeter, both gauzily gowned and given flowing, pre-Raphaelite tresses, and an ardent, black-haired Pluto stand out against a supporting cast of courtly specters. Haunting. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)Response to Two Professional Reviews: Both reviewers discuss the strong bond between mother and daughter. I can definitely relate to this as I have a similar strong bond with my own mother. The first reviewer talks about winter being a reflective time, a time when Demeter had to think about how she was going to get Persephone back. The language used in these reviews is flowery and full of imagery. Evaluation of Literary Elements: This book nicely ties in the use of color in the illustrations to follow the flow of what the actual story is about. Brighter, happier colors are used when Persephone is with her mother, Demeter. Darker, more sad colors are used when Persephone is in the underworld and Demeter is wallowing, missing her daughter. The illustrations also tie in with the text when the seasons are changing. We see the harvest and the bleak winter. Consideration of Instructional Application: I’m not sure I would read this book aloud or have a specific activity in mind with it. It is a good, interesting book to have on hand in a book basket for students to read. I think if a particular student has interest in Greek Mythology, then this book would be a good one to start them with.

  • M.M. Strawberry Reviews
    2019-04-29 03:26

    There are a couple of elements missing from the retelling of this myth, but the illustrations are beautiful and breathtaking, filled with color and boldness. I also like the fact that Persephone came up with an solution, instead of having Zeus step in and decide her fate. Overall a great book for a Greek myth or H and P collection.

  • Bella
    2019-05-08 02:21

    I love the myth of Persephone. I think the symbolism is great. My only complaint with this book is that the author mixes the Greek and Roman names. I know it is a tedious complaint but I prefer consistency.

  • Lindsey
    2019-05-17 23:37

    A version of the classic Abduction myth with a large part of it focused on Demeter's search for her daughter. This isn't my favorite version of this myth but it is beautifully illustrated. A good bedtime story and/or tool for teaching young children about the Greek and Roman myths.

  • Joseph
    2019-04-27 01:09

    Beautiful artwork, but just an okay retelling of the myth of Persephone explaining how the season of winter came to be. I must admit, it annoys me a little that the author used the Greek names for all of the gods and goddesses except for Hades, instead he used the Roman name of Pluto.

  • Lenna
    2019-05-04 00:28

    Beautiful illustrations!

  • Heather
    2019-05-18 02:29

    A classic myth well illustrated.

  • Dominique
    2019-05-17 03:32

    Um, no, it was not Persephone's decision that she would spend part of her year with Hades after it was discovered that she ate the pomegranate seeds. If I'm not mistaken, it was Zeus's decision.

  • Doreen
    2019-05-01 23:19

    What a perfect book! The story of Demeter and Persephone is told beautifully. It's a great way to introduce Greek Mythology to young people. The illustrations are lovely.

  • Rainey
    2019-05-08 01:34

    Not a great picture book but a lovely book portraying a classic myth.

  • Dana Wright
    2019-04-30 23:30

    This book is gorgeous. The attention to detail on the artwork and the story capture the myth perfectly. Check out more on the upcoming review.Http://

  • Ame
    2019-05-10 22:07

    Not a bad, simple telling of this myth. The oil paintings are absolutely beautiful and reflect the awesomeness of Greek mythology.

  • Kris Waldherr
    2019-05-02 20:27