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One of the best children's books ever, it presents a more whimsical and charming side to Greek mythology, and is probably an ideal entree into the world of Greek mythology for children not quite old enough yet to handle the darker, more complex tales. The drawings are equally as adorable as the subject matter and narrative, and Gerstein weaves enough of the narrative into a whole, combining many elements of the Pan myth, to create an arc for his title character and fun cameos from such mainstrea...more
Jan 13, 2010 W.B. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mythology buffs, parents who torture their kids with edumacational books
It was thrift store serendipity that put this children's book by prolific author Mordicai Gerstein (born 1935) in my unchildlike hands. In fact, looking at those hands right now on the keyboard, I think they rather resemble Pan's hands. Maybe that's why I feel an affinity for this demigod/trickster spirit. I hadn't read any books by Gerstein before, but this was a good introduction to the Cadldecott winner (awarded for a book written in response to 9-11). Gerstein retells some familiar mythologi...more
Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had four books named New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of Life magazine, and by children’s books from the library: “I looked...moreMore about Mordicai Gerstein...