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Demeter & Persephone: Spring Held Hostage, a Greek Myth (Graphic Myths & Legends) Paperback – August 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Graphic Myths & Legends
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822565706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822565703
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 1-3–The first book is a retelling of the story of Hades's kidnapping of Persephone into the Underworld and Demeter's plea to the Olympians to bring her back. It's written at a very introductory level, and the creators try a little too hard to allude to other myths and bring additional Olympians into the text, which makes the otherwise dynamic narrative somewhat stilted. The artwork is excellent throughout, and the glossary will aid readers with unfamiliar words. The second book introduces elements of Chinese mythology. The introduction clarifies that while Yu was real, the story is legendary. Unfortunately, the art doesn't match the flow of the narrative, and often the characters look more European or Native American than Chinese. These titles will do well in libraries where comics or mythology books circulate, and especially where the Jr. Graphic Mythologies series (Rosen) is popular.–Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Graphic Myths and Legends

The Graphic Myths and Legends series brings to life some of the most enduring tales from a variety of cultures. Action-packed and richly illustrated, the age-old stories will engage readers in new ways.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 1, 2009
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I knew ahead of time what I was getting. It would only have so many pages, an d the artwork was good. But I felt that the storyline was lacking. There wasn't anything about how Hades and Persephone grew closer, not even one page. it just skips from the first day she is kidnapped to shortly before she eats the pomegranate seeds, and this story says she only ate 4 seeds, when the general consensus is that she ate six (fall and winter).

The artwork was enjoyable and a lot of effort clearly went into it, which makes me wonder why this piece of work didn't have 64 pages, as lots of special edition/deluxe issue comic books and graphic novels come in 64 or even 100-128 pages.

3.5/5 for a entertaining but brief read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Ortiz on December 22, 2009
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Although I haven't used it in the classroom, I suspect that its romance should be quite compelling to preadolescents and adolescents. Hades, who appears in this text friendlier than in other Graphic Legends (see Hercules or Perseus, for example), courts Persephone until he persuades her that he could be a good husband for her. As most of this collection, this is an excellent adaptation of this myth and could be used to teach reading strategies and language.
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This book is part of Graphic Universe's Graphic Myths and Legends series. This one tells the story of Demeter and Persephone, and of Persephone's abduction by Hades, and its results.

This is a very good book, with an exciting storyline, and lots of great action. It does a great job of bringing the ancient myth to life. As with all of the books in the series, the illustration work is quite excellent, making the books a movie for the mind! It's a great graphic novel, and a good one for introducing young readers to Classical mythology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mother Brown on March 13, 2012
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My 7 yr old daughter and I have read this together at least 10 times now. We got it when she was six, and interested in the story (which i'd told her). The writing is a little cheesy, in my opinion, but you can always skip some of the dialogue. The myth is mostly adapted from the Ovidian version, but with an additional focus on whether Persephone actually wants to be with Hades (a question Ovid doesn't care about, but this book shows us: in the end, she loves him). Not a book I'd read unless I had a kid, but a good read for an imaginative child.
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This is a great supplement to use with students that have prior background knowledge if this myth. I would not use it as a first read, but to give students a good review and enhancement of this Greek myth.
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