KING MIDAS by John Warren Stewig

KING MIDAS

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Age Range: 5 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A polished, poignant retelling of a familiar legend and its worthy moral, that some things in life are worth more than their weight in gold. Greed drives King Midas when a mysterious stranger decides to grant his wish for a golden touch; too late the king realizes that everything he touches—roses, bed sheets, food, coffee, his beloved daughter—turns to cold yellow metal. By the time the stranger reappears, Midas is more than ready to return his gift. Rayyan’s illustrations create a rich, busy background for the events; harpies, sphinxes, and satyrs scurry around, while careful observers will spot Icarus plunging toward the earth at the same moment that Midas transforms his daughter, Marygold. Such wonderful details bind the art and the text with perfect alacrity, ensuring that this book will not be long on the shelves. (Picture book/folkore. 5-9)

Pub Date: March 15th, 1999
ISBN: 0-8234-1423-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1999




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