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The Golden Fleece: And the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles Hardcover – October 1, 1967

4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Padraic Colum (1881–1972) was an Irish poet, dramatist, novelist, and collector of folklore. He was a three-time Newbery Honor award winner.

Rick Riordan is the author of the enormously popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (October 1, 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002723620X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027236200
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,416,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This volume by the transplanted Irish poet Padraic Colum is a well-known introduction to Greek mythology for children. It was a runner-up to the first (1922) Newbery Medal for best contribution to American children's literature. In the framework of telling the story of Jason and the Argonauts, other noted stories are told (e.g., Theseus and the Minotaur, the labors of Hercules, etc.). In this edition, the artwork is in the style of the 1920s. You can even imagine "flappers" dancing. Children enjoy this introduction and search for more.
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This is the wonderful retelling on the voyage of Jason and the Argonaunts, the heroes that accompanied Jason on the perilous voyage to find and bring the Golden Fleece to Iolcus. It is also the history of the of the gods and the first ages of men from the Titans to the Olympians, and the age of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze men. Many famous stories of the Greek gods are told in the adventurous tell of Jason and his heros: Orpheus, Tiphys, Nauplius, Arcas, Atalanta, Nestor, Peleus, Telamon, Admetus, Zetes, Calais, Hercules, and Theseus. The story begins when Jason is born and sent by his father, AEson, to be raised by the centaur, Chiron, on Mount Pelion, when the kingdom is rent from AEson, by his cruel brother, Pelias. As Jason grows into a handsome and strong youth, he returns to Iolcus to reclaim the kingdom for his father, but is tricked by his evil Uncle Pelias to launch a task from which his uncle believes he will never return. Jason and his heroes will visit many strange lands and sail many treacherous waters performing heroic tasks before they are to return to Greece. The stories of the survivors who live to return to Greece are also told following their return with the Golden Fleece. For more modern young readers of the Percy Jackson series, there is an introduction written by Rick Riordan, explaining his love for this book and how it led to him creating the modern Percy Jackson series originally for tales for his children. Soon he became the famous author of the Percy Jackson series with many best sellers, and launched a modern interest in the tales of Greek Mythology. If you enjoy Percy Jackson, you will love learning background information from the original myths passed down from Greece to our modern times and recorded by Padraic Colum in 1921. The movie "Jason and the Argonauts" was produced in a 1963 film that was played again and again on television. This is a very special book that brings Greek Mythology to life.
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By Richard on March 11, 2014
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This brings back a lot High school memories in homework and the different type life style, time and action of the period that mankind live in. The entertainment and the theater to tell the stories to the masses.
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I've taught 6th grade for more than a decade so I'm quite familiar with the Greek heroes. That's why I was so disappointed to discover that this is one of the most boring versions of the Greek myths I've ever read. Perhaps in 1922, when it was new, it excited children to research further, but modern kids find the language stulted and the action almost non-existent. Far better versions of these stories exist. Unfortunately for me, taken in by good reviews, I bought twenty copies for classroom use before discovering how deadly dull it was. If you have a kid whose read everything else, s/he might be interested, otherwise just forget it.
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A Kid's Review on December 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
THE GOLDEN FLEECE
The setting of the story is in many places such as Mount Pelion, iolcus, and limos. The characters in the story are Jason, king aeson, Hercules, thesues, the Argonauts, Orpheus, and of course the Greek gods.the conflict in the story is that Jason has to find the golden fleece so his dad can become king again. The plot in the story is that Jason's dad blows a horn so chirion could take care of him and Jason's uncle is king and he has to find the golden fleece and Jason finds the fleece.The point of view is a first person point of view.The theme theme of the story is that Jason needs to find the golden fleece.
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A Kid's Review on May 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Golden Fleece has many parts that are interesting in it. It is very adventurous, it keeps you wanting to read more. One part in the Golden Fleece is when Orpheaus is telling the story of Medusa. Then Perseus went and chopped of the Gorgon's head off by using a shield that he had found and a sword given to him by the gods he then goes and goes shows this to the king that wouldn't allow him to enter his kingdom and rescue his mother from the king that wants to marry her. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in mythology.
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