cover image Greek Myths: Stories of Sun, Stone and Sea

Greek Myths: Stories of Sun, Stone and Sea

Sally Pomme Clayton, illus. by Jane Ray. Frances Lincoln/Otter-Barry (PGW, dist.), $19.99 (78p) ISBN 978-1-84780-227-9

Ten Greek myths unfold in abbreviated chapters that tell the stories of Pandora, Perseus, Medusa, Pegasus, and others. Clayton’s renditions are told in clear, yet lyrical prose: “Orpheus followed a track between steep rocks, into a cave. He left daylight behind him and walked into darkness.” Ray’s illustrations combine classical, tapestry-like compositions with gold inlay, and feature motifs that borrow from folk art traditions. Pegasus’s feathery wings resemble layered bits of quilting; quaint speckled villages and coifed shrubbery appear in many scenes. Clayton and Ray create an accessible path into Greek mythology, while closing notes provide insight into Greek culture, history, and the wisdom contained within the stories (“When you see a spider’s web, remember that you can weave your own fate, and make something beautiful with your life”). Ages 8–11. (July)