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The Race of the Golden Apples

Martin, Claire

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ISBN 10: 0803702485 / ISBN 13: 9780803702486
Published by Penguin Books, New York, 1991
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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This copy has a signed bookplate from the Keene State Children's Literature Festival. Dust jacket is unclipped. A clean unmarked copy in excellent condition. Bookseller Inventory # 005086

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Title: The Race of the Golden Apples

Publisher: Penguin Books, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Leo and Diane Dillon

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Illustrators

Edition: First Printing

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A Greek princess, raised by bears in the forest and then returned to her rightful place in the kingdom, refuses to marry unless the man can outrun her in a footrace

From School Library Journal:

Grade 2-4-- Atalanta, left exposed at birth by a cruel king who wants only sons, is rescued by Diana, the Goddess of the Hunt. Raised by the goddess and Crona, a she-bear, the girl is happy in the forest until a young man, Hippomenes, thinks she is in danger and kills her foster brother, Obrin, a bear and son of Crona. At this, Atalanta conceives a hatred for the human race, which she brings with her when she is returned to her father. When he insists that she marry, she counters that she will only wed a man swift enough to outrun her. Hippomenes will risk everything to win her love, and receives help from Venus to do so. Martin's retelling is clear and romantic, maintaining suspense until the finish line. The Dillons's illustrations are certainly impressive, but are somewhat below their usual standard. While the pastel borders are lovely, the pictures of Atalanta and the rest of the characters seem stiff and lifeless. This may have to do with the generally cool palette, relying largely on teal, or the fact that the acrylic paintings attempt to emulate tapestry. Whatever the reason, there is an occasional awkwardness, a sense of linearity where the line should flow, and in some pictures, proportions are off--arms or legs slightly too long, as if inspired by El Greco. Nonetheless, the book as a whole is arresting, and lacking other picture-book versions of this Greek legend of unstinting love, this is a solid purchase for mythology sections. --Ann Welton, Thomas Academy, Kent, WA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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