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Atlantis: The Legend of the Lost City Hardcover – May 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080506334X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805063349
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Stylized, intensely colored and highly detailed illustrations dominate this interpretation of Plato's myth of the lost city of Atlantis. Balit (Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations) gracefully retells the story, beginning with Poseidon's love for the island girl Cleito, and lingering on his transformation of the island into a paradise. Over time, the people change: "the godlike part of their souls faded and their mortal, human natures took over." When their ambition and lust for power lead to strife, Poseidon plunges the city deep under the sea. Balit's three-quarter-spread illustrations nod at ancient Greek figure painting with their severe profiles and geometric motifs. Her sumptuous palette and her busy, almost psychedelically patterned compositions, meanwhile, reflect a contemporary sensibility. Elaborately scaled mermaids' tails undulate against curving waves, the ripples of the sea delineated in curls of white dots; fantastically colored birds dart over a fecund jungle. Gold-ink embellishments heighten the decorative element, drawing readers into the seemingly endless detail. Children intrigued by the story will like the endnote by Geoffrey Ashe, who describes various theories about a historical Atlantis. Ages 4-8. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-6-Through luminous illustrations and simple prose, Balit lures readers to Plato's legend of Atlantis. Poseidon, ruler of the water, falls in love with Cleito, a happy maiden on a small, rocky island. They marry, he transforms the island into a paradise, and she bears five sets of twin sons. Their descendants intend to rule the lands in accord with Poseidon's laws of peace, but throughout time become less godlike, prompting Poseidon to create a forceful storm that drives Atlantis to the bottom of the sea. Whimsical, buoyant images depict the sea and her creatures; raven and henna-haired Greek characters are painted in profile; tiny figures stroll hand in hand throughout palatial splendor during Atlantis's glory days, fighting amid ruins during the decline. Boldly colored illustrations extend the text with pleasing design covering three quarters of each double-page spread. An afterword by British historian Geoffrey Ashe mentions some of the theories associated with the myth. As a read-aloud to early elementary students, or a read-alone for older students, this picture book will captivate a new generation of children intrigued with the mysteries of this timeless legend. Holly Wallace's The Mystery of Atlantis (Heinemann Library, 1999) offers theories of the island's possible existence and location.
Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By User on January 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful. The story of the island of Atlantis is clearly written and the pictures are beautiful. It explains the origins of Atlantis, how it got formed and how it became prosperous, all the way to how it was swallowed up by the ocean when the people became corrupt. My sons (3 and 5 years old) ask for it again and again.
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By DB on October 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I found this book at a thrift store and picked it up for my girls, 6 and 4. The artwork is of a high quality and the text is clear but not condescending. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to introduce a child they know to different mythologies sprinkled with a bit of history. Both my kids loved it!
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By Cynthia on November 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Art work is absolutely gorgeous and it's also well written. We love this book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ami Laurie on January 26, 2010
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This is a lovely book, but, according to my 7-year-old grandson, it simply doesn't have enough substance! We have enjoyed it nonetheless!
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