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The Pomegranate Seeds

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When Demeter's young daughter, Persephone, is kidnapped by the king of the underworld, the earth-goddess decrees that nothing will grow on Earth until the girl is returned to her. Laura Geringer brings a modern sensibility to her interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's adaptation of the Greek myth about the origins of the seasons. She retells it as the story of a child cau ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 9th 1995 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Aug 08, 2010 Mistiemae1 Downs rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
The Pomegranate Seeds is an adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1853 retelling of the Demeter/Persephone myth (entitled "Pomegranate Seeds" in Tanglewood Tales). As one might expect from the adaptation of an adaptation, this tale is quite a muddled version of the classic myth. The actual abduction is extremely downplayed, almost to the point of nonexistence (the word "kidnapping" occurs only once in the book, I believe), and Hades is depicted as simply wanting a child to brighten the halls of hi ...more
Dec 26, 2008 Lindsey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Elementary and Middle school students interested in Greek and Roman mythology
An interesting version of the classic Abduction myth. This version of the myth is definitely "G-rated" as Persephone is described as a young girl abducted by her lonely uncle - there is no mention of their marriage, her becoming Queen of the Underworld or anything that would even remotely hint at incest. The illustrations are beautiful but they are far outnumbered by pages of solid text. This version of the story is something I would use to introduce the Greek and Roman myths to young children, ...more
May 09, 2010 Somona rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Author: Laura Geringer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Genre: Picture Book - Mythology
Summary: The Greek myth of how the seasons came to be. Hades abducted Persephone and took her to the underworld. Demeter, full of sorrow abandons her duty and searches the Earth for her daughter and as a result all the plants on Earth die. Zeus demands that Persephone be return to her mom but before she was taken back she had swallowed a couple of pomegranate seeds from the underworld. This causes her to spend 3 mont
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Nov 03, 2012 Delicious Strawberry rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a story of romance, you will not find one here. The relationship between Hades and Persephone is more familial in this version. The illustrations are beautiful if a bit fuzzy at times, but if you're a big fan of the Hades and Persephone myth, this is definitely something you want in your collection, since this is better than some of the other H and P children's books out there.
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Laura Geringer is the author of many highly acclaimed books for children and young adults, including the celebrated A Three Hat Day illustrated by Arnold Lobel; Myth Men, a popular series of graphic novels based on the classic Greek myths; and Sign of the Qin, Book l of the Outlaws of Moonshadow Marsh series, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Boom, Boom Go Away illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulli ...more
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