Perseus

Spence's version of the classic Greek tale is familiar in parts. This is a prime example of a self-fulfilling prophecy. King Akrisious sent his daughter Danae and grandson Perseus away because of a prophecy. It told him to beware of Perseus, he may bring you great harm. Perseus was considered a cowardly child. He wanted to show his bravery. So he promised to bring back the head of Medusa, who is a gorgon who with one glance can turn you to stone. With the help of the three nymphs and goddess Athena, he was able to cut off her head. On his way home he saved Andromeda from the Ketos. Perseus returned to the island and turned the king into stone. Perseus decided to return to see his grandfather. On route, he entered into a sports games. Will the prophecy come true?

The tale was familiar in parts from other adaptations, the famous winged sandals. The real highlight of this book is the interesting notes for grown-ups. The source material for the story is explained. It was based on the oldest versions of art work from 1000-400 BCE. This section is very short but very enjoyable. The text was appropriate for a younger age group and a very complex tale was simplified. The illustrations were wonderful and complemented the text. There is a wonderful use of colour. The choice on white lettering on a coloured background and font choice is creative and will appeal to a younger audience.