Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Pomegranate Seeds” as Want to Read:
The Pomegranate Seeds
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Pomegranate Seeds

by
3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  16 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 34)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mistiemae1 Downs
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
Lindsey
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
Somona
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
...more
Delicious Strawberry
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.
Fivewincs
Fivewincs marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2016
Christie Angleton
Christie Angleton marked it as to-read
Feb 03, 2016
Alirio Daza
Alirio Daza is currently reading it
Nov 27, 2015
Kate
Kate rated it really liked it
Oct 27, 2015
Melissa
Melissa rated it liked it
Oct 06, 2015
Janelle Taylor
Janelle Taylor marked it as to-read
Aug 14, 2015
Katelynn
Katelynn rated it it was amazing
May 17, 2015
Evan Collin
Evan Collin marked it as to-read
Apr 24, 2015
Elizabeth
Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Mar 18, 2015
Gemma
Gemma rated it liked it
Jan 27, 2015
Julie
Julie added it
Jan 20, 2015
Boyd Rudyk
Boyd Rudyk marked it as to-read
Nov 03, 2014
Perri
Perri rated it really liked it
Oct 08, 2014
Monica
Monica marked it as to-read
Jun 08, 2014
Lori
Lori added it
Feb 20, 2014
Nautica
Nautica marked it as to-read
Nov 23, 2013
Pinky
Pinky rated it really liked it
Oct 22, 2013
Brooke
Brooke added it
Oct 15, 2013
Sarah
Sarah rated it really liked it
Dec 06, 2013
Bart Everson
Bart Everson marked it as to-read
Jun 08, 2013
Anna-marie Pesely
Anna-marie Pesely rated it it was amazing
May 08, 2013
Sioux
Sioux marked it as to-read
Nov 14, 2012
Shalaka
Shalaka rated it liked it
Apr 13, 2012
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
413379
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
More about Laura Geringer...

Share This Book