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Volume VI Number 1 . . . . September 3, 1999
Pegasus, the Flying Horse, an attractive book in appearance, is written by award winning author Jane Yolen and illustrated by Li Ming whose beautiful oil paintings are found on every page. A good reader or a talented story teller would savor the drama of the myth of Bellerophon who rode on Pegasus to slay the three headed monster, the Chimaera, thereby winning a princess for his bride.
For readers with less ability and less love of Greek myth, the book will not have as great an appeal. The cast of characters with their foreign sounding names and the unfamiliar place names make for difficult reading or listening. The brilliant illustrations may succeed in holding the attention of those children, but, on the whole, it is a book for a select few. However, in these days when classics are rarely taught, it will be a valuable resource to introduce the subject of mythology. Recommended for children who enjoy myths and whose parents or librarians have the necessary funds for a beautiful book with limited appeal.
Joan Payzant is a former teacher-librarian who lives in Dartmouth, NS.
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