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King Midas: A Golden Tale

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
He learns the hard way that some things in life are more precious than gold.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Holiday House (first published March 1999)
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Zhānlìyàn Liú
Oct 12, 2015 Zhānlìyàn Liú rated it really liked it
Title: King Midas: A Golden Tale
Author: John Warren Stewig
Illustrator: Omar Rayyan
Genre: Myth
Theme(s): Appreciation, selfishness, moderation
Opening line/sentence: (type directly from text)
Brief Book Summary: The book starts off with a King who loves gold. The King is granted one wish, and he wishes for everything he touches to turn into gold. He is ecstatic when everything he touches turns into gold until he can no longer eat and accidentally turns his daughter into gold. The story ends with him
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Shawn Thrasher
Jun 17, 2013 Shawn Thrasher rated it liked it
Definitely a good starting point for Greek and Roman mythology; Rayyan's paintings are lovely and amusing. Fantasy lovers will love this one. The story lacked some depth for me; I think the horrifying moment when Midas realizes his beloved daughter has been turned into gold should be, well, a bit more horrifying. Seemed like a wasted moment. But overall, a solid picture book.
Lisa Carroll
Mar 14, 2011 Lisa Carroll rated it it was amazing
I remember hearing about King Midas as a child. I was fascinated that everything he touched turned to gold. This version of the popular Greek Myth was absoulutely amazing. The illustrations were full of detail and there was some humor that maybe only adults would pick up on. Some pages were filled with bold colors of red and purple, where some pages had muted pastels. The pictures of King Midas were made to look like ancient Greece, such as the attire and the pillars etc., but there were modern ...more
Jackie Pino
King Midas adores nothing more in life than his daughter and gold. When a mysterious stranger arrives and asks him what he desires most, Midas requests that everything he touches turn to gold. His wish is granted and the next morning, Midas begins turning everyday objects into valuable treasures. When he accidentally turns his glasses, food, and daughter to gold, Midas realizes what this wish really means. When the stranger appears again, Midas admits that he has learned his lesson and the stran ...more
Ashley
Oct 15, 2009 Ashley rated it really liked it
Be careful what you wish for! I can not imagine having everything I touch turn immediately into gold. It would definitely get old quickly!
The pastel colors used in the illustrations reflect the statues or marbles one would find in the palace of King Midas.
I think that a previous knowledge of mythical creatures would help the reader understand the time period or setting of this book. Also, would help the reader understand many of the sly witticisms the illustrator placed in the illustrations li
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Michael Fitzgerald
Mar 13, 2015 Michael Fitzgerald rated it did not like it
A lame version. Seek the better ones elsewhere.
Jayne
Aug 30, 2012 Jayne rated it it was amazing
If I could give this more stars I would. This is a retelling of the classic story of King Midas. The words themselves are well done. But the illustrations are the star of the show. They are beautiful, whimsical, imaginative, and wonderful. Each page has facets of mythology included as beautiful side notes to the story. Amazing creatures watch sadly as King Midas gets giddy over gold at the expense of eating and hugging his daughter.

My words cannot do justice. This is a great book, one of our fa
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The Brothers
Feb 06, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales, gold, greed, myths
This is a re-telling of the King Midas myth. Nicely done, but nothing too original.

Beautiful illustrations.
Hannah
Jan 17, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
While the story was told wonderfully, it was the illustrations in this one that won me over. Rayyan's melding of ancient and modern-as well as his attention to detail- made me chuckle.

In my opinion, this is by far the best take on the King Midas tale out there.
Rebecca
I remember really liking these illustrations.
Naomi
May 11, 2009 Naomi rated it really liked it
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Professor of Curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mr. Stewig lives in Glendale, Wisconsin.
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