By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walter Crane
Pleasant retelling of six Greek myths to a crowd of vigorous kids through a grasp storyteller. comprises The Gorgon's Head, The Golden contact, The Paradise of youngsters, the 3 Golden Apples, and The mind-blowing Pitcher. a variety of black and white illustrations by means of famous illustrator Walter Crane brighten up the narrative. compatible for a long time nine and up.
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Oh, what a day of Indian summer was it going to be! The children snatched their baskets, and set forth, with hop, skip, and jump, and all sorts of frisks and gambols; while Cousin Eustace proved his fitness to preside over the party, by outdoing all their antics, and performing several new capers, which none of them could ever hope to imitate. Behind went a good old dog, whose name was Ben. He was one of the most respectable and kind-hearted of quadrupeds, and probably felt it to be his duty not to trust the children away from their parents without some better guardian than this feather-brained Eustace Bright.
Long before this time, King Polydectes had seen the two strangers—the mother and her child—who had come to his dominions in a floating chest. As he was not good and kind, like his brother the fisherman, but extremely wicked, he resolved to send Perseus on a dangerous enterprise, in which he would probably he killed, and then to do some great mischief to Danaë herself. So this bad-hearted king spent a long while in considering what was the most dangerous thing that a young man could possibly undertake to perform.
Your task is done," said the calm voice. " It was, indeed, necessary to take flight; for Perseus had not done the deed so quietly but that the clash of his sword, and the hissing of the snakes, and the thump of Medusa's head as it tumbled upon the sea-beaten sand, awoke the other two monsters. There they sat, for an instant, sleepily rubbing their eyes with their brazen fingers, while all the snakes on their heads reared themselves on end with surprise, and with venomous malice against they knew not what.
A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys, Illustrated Edition by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walter Crane