A beautifully illustrated account of the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts with informative details from the award-winning author of Electric Ben
The story of Jason and the Argonauts is one of the earliest recorded Greek myths. Here, master artist Robert Byrd has created a striking telling of the legend for a new generation of readers. Complete with explanatory notes and illustrated back matter, Jason and the Argonauts traces each step of our hero’s journey, from the Golden Fleece’s origin story and Jason’s childhood to his triumphant return with the prize and eventual death. Deftly designed to accommodate glorious large pictures and captioned insets, the book is not only a great story, but a wealth of information about ancient Greece.
Byrd (Brave Chicken Little) capably guides readers through the episodic adventures of Jason and the Argonauts as they seek the Golden Fleece, a journey that puts them in the path of harpies, the Symplegades ("Clashing Rocks"), Circe, and the bronze giant Talos. Hermes, Apollo, Athena, and other important mythological figures are discussed in sidebars, and a page dedicated to "Notable Argonauts" offers capsule descriptions of 12 sailors, including Orpheus, Atalanta, and Theseus. Through tense, direct storytelling and larger-than-life portraits of warriors and monsters alike rendered in his customarily precise and intricately detailed ink-and-watercolor art Byrd offers a gripping account of the Argonauts' heroic and tragic quest. Ages 6 9.