Jason and the Golden Fleece is the second book in the Early Myths collection, a series of children's picture books about Greek mythology. Each book tells the tale of a character from myth and brings the story to life through inspiration from art and literature. The books are aimed at 4 to 8 year olds, are beautifully illustrated and easy to read. The story of Jason tells one of the oldest stories from Greek myth. Our hero tries to win back the throne, stolen from his father, but is challenged to a great adventure to prove his skills. He gathers to greatest of the heroes and sails to the edges of the world to win the fabled Fleece. He returns to Greece with princess Medea to claim his prize but faces many obstacles along the way.
Jason and the Golden Fleece followed Perseus, which won a bronze medal at the Moonbeam Children's Awards 2014. Our third book, Odysseus, has received two awards- an honourable mention at the 2015 Royal Dragonfly Books Awards and a finalist position in the 2015 Wishing Shelf Children's Book Awards. Our latest book is Atalanta which was released at the end of 2015 and our fifth book will be released in late 2016.
Simon is the author of the Early Myths children's books series. Started in 2013, Early Myths have won multiple book awards and the series continues to grow. There are currently five books and the sixth is due out in late 2017.
The books focus on a character from Greek myth and explores their tale in a colourful and fun way for children aged 4-10 years old. Each of the images in the books are inspired by ancient art and literature; something that the kids don't have to know to enjoy the tale but gives a the story a firm grounding.
Simon has embraced all formats, from paperback to eBooks and audiobooks. The collection is available as Amazon paperbacks, iBooks eBooks and on the Kindle. There are also audiobooks from iTunes and Audible.
It's been surprisingly difficult to find Greek mythology presented in a way that is appropriate and interesting to young children in the pre-school/early grade school range. The Early Myths series by Simon Spence is definitely the best example I've encountered. The illustrations are based on ancient artistic representations of the myth, and are well integrated with the text, which is generally engaging. And there are even a few pages at the end discussing the ancient source material! (For the adults, presumably). My daughter seems to like Jason and the Golden Fleece best.