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Island of the Minotaur : Greek myths of ancient Crete
Oberman, Sheldon.
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First American edition.
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New York : Crocodile Books, [2004]

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103 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
The curse of Cronos -- Zeus and the Olympians -- Europa's wish -- The bronze giant -- The will of Zeus -- The great white bull -- The puzzle of Daedalus -- The deadly quest of Androgeus -- Theseus and the Minotaur -- The flight of Daedalus and Icarus -- King Minos seeks revenge -- The giant wave, the cloud of death -- Discovering a lost world.
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BL793.C7 O24 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The author retells Minoan myths as one continuous story.

Author Notes

Sheldon Oberman is an author, storyteller and teacher living in Winnipeg with his wife, Lisa. He is the father of 3 children -- Adam, Mira and Jesse -- and 12 books
Blair Drawson has authored and illustrated eight children's books to date, His work has appeared in such publications as Esquire, Time, Saturday Night, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and the New York Times. He has received many awards for his illustration work. Blair currently resides in Toronto with his wife and two children

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Publisher's Weekly Review

And speaking of Greece, Island of the Minotaur: Greek Myths of Ancient Crete by Sheldon Oberman, illus. by Blair Drawson, maintains many of the frightful elements of the original tales, particularly Cronos devouring his children (a full-page illustration shows the moment before the event), Queen Pasiphae's implied rape by the Great White Bull and the gruesome deaths of Androgeus and his father King Minos. Drawson's illustrations aptly communicate the tales' haunting otherworldliness. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Crete offers an effective site to stage the Greek myths, although a few figures assume unusual importance here. An informative introduction connects the myths with the political struggles between Minoans and Greeks, and a few details about Cretan history and ritual are worked into the stories. In 13 tales, Oberman covers the high spots, whether indirectly (creation, Jason and Medea) or as a main event: Cronos, Zeus, Europa, Minos, Theseus, Daedalus, and Icarus. Chapters are linked for narrative impetus, but background is repeated when necessary so that each tale is self-contained. The author adds fairy-tale touches and soft-pedals the brutality. There are some omissions (Persephone, Psyche, Atalanta, Artemis, Orpheus, and Eurydice are among the missing). The myths end with the destruction of Thera (Atlantis), followed by an account of Arthur Evans's discovery of Knossos. The glossary is good, but gives no pronunciation help. Colorful illustrations punctuate the large pages of text, but are not in the mode of the narrative. The nonhuman figures are modern and gripping, with a Picasso-esque bull and a mazelike background to the Minotaur, for instance. Human figures are cartoonishly distorted, with little effort to use Minoan motifs, dress, artifacts, etc. While the author takes the stories seriously, the illustrator somewhat undercuts them. Nevertheless, the discordant pages are relatively few. This volume should compete successfully with the many myth retellings available.-Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Robert Gold
Introductionp. 5
Tale 1 The Curse of Cronosp. 8
Tale 2 Zeus and the Olympiansp. 16
Tale 3 Europa's Wishp. 22
Tale 4 The Bronze Giantp. 28
Tale 5 The Will of Zeusp. 34
Tale 6 The Great White Bullp. 40
Tale 7 The Puzzle of Daedalusp. 46
Tale 8 The Deadly Quest of Androgeusp. 50
Tale 9 Theseus and the Minotaurp. 56
Tale 10 The Flight of Daedalus and Icarusp. 72
Tale 11 King Minos Seeks Revengep. 78
Tale 12 The Giant Wave, the Cloud of Deathp. 84
Tale 13 Discovering a Lost Worldp. 92
Glossary of Names and Placesp. 97
Afterwordp. 104