They Come to the Desert Land. The Carrying Out of the Argo. Near to Iolcus Again. Peleus and his Bride from the Sea. Theseus and the Minotaur. The Life and Labors of Heracles. The Battle of the Frogs and Mice. Shurley English Level 5 Practice Booklet. Streams of Civilization, Volume 1: Join Jason and the Argo crew as they embark on a perilous quest to recover the golden fleece of a wondrous winged ram! Skillfully blending Jason's saga with other classic legends, Padraic Colum creates a compelling introduction to Greek myth for young readers.
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The Golden Fleece: And the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles
This title describes the cycle of myths about the Argonauts and the quest for the Golden Fleece, as well as the tales of the creation of Heaven and Earth, the labours of Hercules, Theseus and the Minotaur, and others. Paperback , pages. Published March 1st by Simon Pulse first published Newbery Medal Nominee To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Basically, they were what people used to fangirl about centuries ago, instead of Kaz Brekker and the Dregs.
Summary So this boy Jason shows up one day in his hometown and walks straight up to his evil uncle aka King Pelias and says 'hey uh, that throne belongs to me. Cuz you know, you kinda stole it from my dad. I don't get how people had the guts to be so straightforward back then.
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Anyway, Pelias is like hm okay but before that you gotta bring me the Golden Fleece at the end of the rainbow. Because yolo, Jason agrees. To be honest I knew Orpheus and Theseus were part of it, but Atalanta though?? I had no idea the squad be lit. And so they journey and have tons of fun and adventures and near death experiences, e.
Also, there's a witch somewhere along the way, straight out of Ravenclaw. Ah, that I had been reared and fostered as he was reared and fostered by the wise centaur and under the eyes of the immortals! Suitable for kids in the 21st century? Unless you could stand reading pages of thee's and thou's. That's no problem, but it just wasn't for me.
I legit struggled with deciding whether or not I should DNF this book and almost sobbed. This book wasn't bad, to be honest, but I felt like it kept jumping back and forth. It was as if instead of only covering the letter A, the author went like hmm A is related to B, because alphabets, right? As if he had to tell us about every existing myth that had a connection to Jason. Which can possibly lead us to what? The creation of mankind, probably. Because Jason wouldn't exist if we didn't talk about how 'Heaven and Earth had children'. Plus, the order was super confusing.
Okay to be honest, some other stories weren't even related. I understand how the title of this book says 'The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles', but the main plot was originally about the Argonauts, so why talk about Pandora all of a sudden? Oh and also, Hades is called Aidoneus over here. Don't ask me why.
When the book talked about the gods I almost thought this man was left out at first lmao. Because of the writing, I felt myself skimming a few pages in the middle. I'd still recommend it to some people, but if you're just starting Greek mythology, this book might be a tad overwhelming and confuse the soul out of you.
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May 25, Scott rated it did not like it Shelves: I started out really liking this book, but about a quarter of the way through it began to bore me to tears. I think that it was Twain who said something like, "Don't tell your readers that the lady is singing.
Bring her on stage and let them hear her. Jul 24, Rachael rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the first "real" book of myths I read as a child. It is a great introductory version of many of the classic Greek stories for kids. For adults, there are many, many better books out there. Aeson worried that his brother Pelias was going to do harm to his young son as he may view him as a threat to the throne, so Aeson sent his young son with a servant up into the mountains to be raised by Chiron who had trained many young heroes in the past. Pelias had been warned that a young man half shod coming to his Kingdom could be a danger to his thrown, so when Jason arrives as a grown man in Iolcus wearing only one sandal Pelias decides to send Jason on a quest to retrieve the golden fleece which is dangerous and near impossible, therefore removing the threat from himself.
Jason has Pelias build him a ship and request the presence of any other young men who wish to join on the quest to make a name for themselves. They named the ship the Argo and that is how the Men became known as the Argonauts. Some of the other characters who appear whose names you may recognize Artemis, Orpheus, Heracles, and Atalanta. I actually listened to this one as an audio book in the car back and forth to work; the reader was Fred Williams who has a very calm and soothing voice to the point where he almost put me to sleep at first when I started listening to it.
I eventually got used to it but it took a while. I enjoyed it as I have some back ground knowledge of the stories already, but I think for anyone just starting out in Greek Mythology it could be confusing and a bit over whelming. Along his travels, his crew mates and other individuals told stories about all of the Greek heroes, heroines, and the creation of everything. I would highly recommend this book to a friend because, it contains action, humor, interesting, and extraordinary events. Oct 15, Tammie rated it it was ok.
I actually started this a loooong time ago easily 5 years but found it a bit boring so I discontinued reading.
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I picked it up again after recently completing Edith Hamilton's compilation of myths - that helped a lot. Fair enough, as far as Greek mythologies go, they are filled with lusty and violent tales of gods and mortals, and these elements may not be suitable for young impressionable minds.
However, even if you redact this, I actually started this a loooong time ago easily 5 years but found it a bit boring so I discontinued reading. However, even if you redact this, you still have to appeal to your target audience, which I think Colum failed to accomplish. His tales are matter-of-fact, and straightforward; he doesn't seek to excite you. I find it a great pity, because I liked his editorial choice of using the Argonauts as narrative vessels to help weave in snippets of the Olympians.
Other than that, it really was quite dry, which explains why I dropped this book the first time.
Lots of good stories. Sometimes it uses name variants that are less familiar. Narrator OK, but not great - very dry. Nov 19, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: In , his retelling of Greek myths was recognized as a Newbery Honor Book. Stories on My Own Countryside in In addition to publishing more than 60 books over his lifetime, Padraic Colum was a professor at both Columbia University and the City College of New York. He died in Enfield , Connecticut on January 11, , at the age of Part I of the book details the adventures of the Argonauts as they sail to Colchis. Jason and Medea conspire to take the Golden Fleece and make their escape.
Pen and ink drawings created by Willy Pogany illustrate the text in a style reminiscent of ancient Greek art.
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While I enjoyed reading this rendition of the story of Jason and the Argonauts, I am not sure that the youthful reader of today would have spent much time trying to slog through the pages of text filled with archaic words and sentence structure. While appropriate to the theme, the writing style made for a slow read. This reading challenge entails reading all of the Newbery Honor and Medal books since inception of the award in , so I will be reading the two other honor books written by Padraic Colum.
Feb 13, Jo rated it liked it Shelves: This was a Newbery Honor book in It is written well and the stories are easy to get into.