REALMS OF GOLD by Ann Pilling


Myths and Legends From Around the World
adapted by & illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 11
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 An excellent introduction to mythology, with 14 graceful retellings--pourquoi tales like the opener, a West African legend explaining why the Earth Mother's children are so many different colors; stories of love and tragedy (Persephone, the willow pattern story); legendary heroes and fools (Midas, Finn MacCool, Perseus). The brevity of the selections (even Balder's story, with its complex cast of characters, takes just eight pages), large, open type, and profuse illustrations (pen-and-ink with watercolor, marginal vignettes to full-page) make these versions especially suitable for children in the early grades. Many of the colors and design motifs are adapted from the cultures that originated the tales (Greek vase designs, Chinese brush painting, African textiles, Pacific Island carvings). An attractive volume for pleasure reading as well as classroom use. (Nonfiction. 6-11)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1993
ISBN: 1-85697-913-X
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Kingfisher
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1993


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