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The story of Daedalus, the Greek master craftsman, who murdered his nephew because of envy, fled to Crete, and then, with his son, tried to fly away from Crete like a bird.
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As important as it is to aim high, ancient mythology reminds us that we must never confuse ourselves with the gods. Only disaster can come of showing too much skill at godly pursuits like creating-- or flying. But poor old Daedalus just can't get past his aspirations to fly. Jane Yolen's version of the story of Daedalus and his son, Icarus, is lyric and foreboding, and Dennis Nolan's shadowy renderings of the omnipresent deities are a particularly haunting accompaniment to this ancient tale of pride and tragedy. (Ages 6 to10)From Publishers Weekly:
Yolen is in top form here in this polished, ardent retelling of the tragic Greek legend of Daedalus and his son Icarus. Banished from his beloved Athens for killing his nephew, the proud craftsman and inventor Daedalus finally lands on the island of Crete, where he designs the famed labyrinth in which the Minotaur is imprisoned. King Minos is enraged when Daedalus aids in killing the cruel beast and has him confined in a tower. Daedalus escapes with his son on wings made of bird feathers and wax, but the hapless boy plunges to his death. Yolen's elegant prose ("wingtip to wingtip they flew, writing the lines of their escape on the air") is matched by Nolan's sophisticated watercolors that, like the legend itself, provocatively blend reality and fantasy: as the story of Daedalus unfolds in the foreground, cloudlike gods look on from above. Beautifully printed on heavy, cream-colored stock, the book is as much a tactile treat as a visual and literary one. All ages.
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Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books, 1991. Hard Cover. Condition: NEW. Dust Jacket Condition: NEW. Nolan, Dennis (illustrator). First Edition. 1st Edit. 1st printing NEW hardcover with dust jacket, no marks or blemishes. Immediate shipping w/tracking included. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Seller Inventory # 018001
Book Description Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Nolan, Dennis (illustrator). First Printing. DJ is protected by Brodart mylar. A wonderfully retold and illustrated story of Daedalus for young readers. Seller Inventory # 5221
Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books (J), 1991. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX015297850X
Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books, 1991. Condition: New. Dennis Nolan (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M015297850X
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