Medusa was born the only beautiful daughter to the ugliest sea witch ever to inhabit the depths of the ocean. Her looks were radiant enough to gain the adoration of Poseidon, King of the Oceans, causing her to become very vain. But vanity is a dangerous thing in a world controlled by jealous gods. Athena, goddess of beauty, is angered by Medusa's conceit and pronounces a curse: "Anyone who looks at you will turn to stone. Hide yourself if you can!" With this, Medusa is transformed into a hideous monster, forced to hide herself in a distant cave and await her fate.
When Perseus, a mortal son of Zeus, is ordered by the sinister Polydectes to deliver the head of Medusa, it seems he has been chosen to see that Athena's curse reaches its fruition. But how will he accomplish what no other mortal has been able to? How will he survive the glare of Medusa? Is it possible Medusa will defy her cursed fate?
In her masterfully written and imaginatively illustrated book, Deborah Nourse Lattimore re-creates the tragedy of one of the best-known Greek myths--the tale of the gorgon Medusa.
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Deborah Nourse Lattimore has traveled all over the world as a scholar, an artist, and a writer. She loves creating picture books that take young readers on amazing journeys back through time to ancient and mysterious cultures. In Medusa, Ms. Lattimore transports readers to the mythological Greece of long ago, when gods meddled with mortals and fates would often be cursed. When not roaming the world, Ms. Lattimore lives in Los Angeles, CA, with her two children.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-5-Lattimore's retelling of the story of the beautiful mortal who engaged Poseidon's passions but enraged Athena's jealousy is faithful to Olivia Coolidge's version in Greek Myths (Houghton, 1949). Large print and simple sentence structures and word choices make the text accessible to young readers. The sexual aspects of the story are omitted and the gruesome parts softened, rendering it suitable for children. Unfortunately, Perseus is a weaker hero, Medusa is a less scary monster, and all of the figures are milder shadows of themselves. Nonetheless, the plot moves quickly. The formal language and the ornate illustrations suit the myth, giving it stateliness. The deep-hued colors and rich textures on the cover will attract readership, but not every page is illustrated with the same detail. The gods and goddesses lack the spark and fire of the old tales. They look dead and ghostlike, dully characterized in dismal hues of gray. Noted for her brilliant work in Frida Maria (1994), Lattimore utilizes a style here that is similar to her work in Zekmet, the Stone Carver (1988, both Harcourt).
Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
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Book Description Joanna Cotler, 2000. Book Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in fair condition. Bookseller Inventory # 6358562