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Pegasus, the flying horse
Yolen, Jane.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 30 cm
Retells how, with the help of the goddess Athena, the handsome and overly proud Bellerophon tames the winged horse Pegasus and conquers the monstrous Chimaera.
Reading Level:
AD 530 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 0.5 27665.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.9 2 Quiz: 23686.
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Acclaimed author Jane Yolen and artist Li Ming once again join forces to bring us this lyrical and stunningly illustrated retelling of the classic Greek myth of Pegasus. Yolen weaves a powerful tale of adventure and daring. Son of Poseidon and a mortal woman, Bellerophon tames the miraculous winged horse, Pegasus; slays the hideous three-headed Chimaera, and marries a beautiful princess. However, the young man meets his downfall when he tries to claim a place among the gods in Valhalla, angering Zeus with his overreaching pride.Li Ming's oil paintings bring the world of these haunting and timeless figures of mythology to life, filling each page with high drama and carefully rendered portraits of monsters and gods. In Pegasus, the Flying Horse, Yolen and Li Ming re-create the power and enchantment of their first successful collaboration, Merlin and the Dragons.By turns exhilarating and terrifying, this story is sure to keep young readers turning the page, and is also perfect for reading out loud.Jane Yolen is the author of nearly two hundred books, including the Caldecott winner Owl Moon, illustrated by John Schoenherr.

Author Notes

Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1960 and a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults, and adults.

Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic. She has won numerous awards including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. The framework story of a young Corinthian boy listening to a beggar's tale sets the stage for the myth of Bellerophon and Pegasus. With the aid of Athena, Bellerophon bridles the flying horse and rides him to slay the Chimaera. Not satisfied with winning the hand of a king's daughter and knowing that he'll inherit the kingdom, Bellerophon presses Pegasus toward Mount Olympus. Zeus sends a gadfly to sting Pegasus and cause Bellerophon's fall to Earth. Lame, the hero becomes a storytelling beggar in Corinth, bringing the story full circle. Stretching full across the double-page spreads, Ming's richly colored, dramatic paintings focus on the main characters, with settings and minor characters fading into the smooth, clean backgrounds. Similar in format to Mayer's Pegasus [BKL Mr 15 98], this handsome book provides another version of the hero story for mythology collections. An informative author's note bolsters the strong text. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Yolen and Ming (previously paired for Merlin and the Dragons) mine Greek myth to retell the story of Bellerophon, the boy who tames a flying horse. Yolen recounts the tale through the voice of a beggar‘who, as it transpires in the end, may or may not himself be Bellerophon. Although the telling is not as stately as in Marianna Mayer's and Kinuko Y. Craft's recent Pegasus, the prose is fluid and smooth, and the author deftly wrings the drama from the tale, from the boy's encounter with the goddess Athena and his battle with the hideous Chimaera to his tragic fall from glory. Ming capitalizes on the story's dramatic moments as well, and his oil paintings have a larger-than-life quality. There's a dreamy quality to his artwork‘figures and objects blur slightly at the edges, bleeding into shadow and clouds‘and the sense of elusiveness is sustained by a palette that shifts from the dark and fiery colors for Bellerophon's battle with the monster to the soft pastels of the skies for the airborne rides of boy and horse. A solid collaboration. Ages 7-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4‘A story within a story. A boy and his father are in the Corinth market to buy a horse when they meet an old beggar who regales them with the tale of Bellerophon, a proud and handsome young man who is interested in only one thing‘catching and riding Pegasus. With the help of Athena, he bridles and rides the winged horse. When Bellerophon accidentally causes his brother's death, he flees to a distant kingdom. There, the queen falls in love with him, engendering yet another swift retreat. He is forced to perform the dangerous deed of killing the Chimaera in order to redeem himself. Bellerophon's hubris eventually gets the best of him when he dares to ride into the realm of Zeus and is tossed off Pegasus and left with a crippled leg. By story's end, readers realize that the teller is indeed Bellerophon. Yolen eloquently brings this ancient tale to life. The artist's lush, Renaissance-style oil paintings surround the text. Each is thick with color, and while the human forms are not always competently done, Pegasus is consistently spectacular. Full of light and saturated color, the illustrations deftly set the tone and place. All of the elements of a good story are here: adventure, intrigue, wicked acts of deceit, heroic deeds, and the dangers of pride. A perfect selection for young fantasy fans and an inviting introduction to myths.‘Angela J. Reynolds, West Slope Community Library, Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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