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From School Library Journal Gr 7-10-These tales are presented as first-person accounts, each one no more than six pages, accompanied by a lighthearted drawing that adds little to the story. The softest version is presented-Arachne does not kill herself; Pandora suffers no consequences for her actions; and Midas never touches his daughter, sparing her his golden curse. In addition, the author sometimes ends up spelling out details. Some of the segments are true to the ancient world, while others include anachronisms such as newspapers. It is difficult to determine who the intended audience may be, as the writing is simple, yet some of the versions are a bit sophisticated, and readers familiar with these myths will better appreciate the point of view adopted in the tellings.-Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Aloha, ORCopyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more From Booklist Gr. 4-7, younger for reading aloud. Spires, author of The Mouse of Amherst (1999) makes ancient tales unusually vivid and immediate by recasting them as first-person accounts. Here, Arachne and Midas ruefully admit their mistakes, Pan fondly recalls encounters with mountain nymphs, and Sisyphus begs readers, 'Just . . . give . . . me . . . a . . . moment . . and . . . I'll . . . tell . . . you . . . why . . . I'm . . . here' as he pushes onward. Readers also stand to gain a new appreciation, if that's the word, for Narcissus ('Oh me, oh my, another boring day in the underworld! Which mirror shall I look in first today?'), and sympathy for the usually silent Eurydice, who, despite local headlines ('HADES DISPATCH: Stones Weep, Trees Bow Down at Poet's Grief'), proves herself a better poet than Orpheus. Mordicai Gerstein's crosshatched ink drawings add touches of visual elegance to the stylish retellings. The distinct, individual voices Spires gives her various humans, gods, and demigods make this a promising source of monologue material as well as a truly memorable read-aloud candidate. John PetersCopyright ? American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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