Jason and the Golden Fleece

Spence is re-telling another Greek classic tale. There was more background than in previous adaptations.  Jason was a son of an ousted King Aeson. Sent away from home at a young age for his own safety, he is taught valuable lessons. He returns as an adult to claim his birthright. A prophecy warned King Pelias – Jason's uncle that Jason was dangerous. King Pelias was cunning and sent Jason on a quest and if he returned with the Golden Fleece, the throne was his.

There are a number of myths crammed into this story, for instance, Blind King Phineus and Harpies, Argo and the Argonauts. The tale is simplified and this tale is complex.  Without the interesting notes section, the story might be overly simplified.  

The interesting notes for grown-ups was wonderful.  This story was a pet project for Spence. There are numerous examples of the early art work to explain the source of this adaptation. The art work is very important as these versions are earlier and are not recorded in literature. Each part of the myth is explained using images of art work and explains all his choices. This section is so important to the explaining of the myths. Expanding this section would only enhance the experience of reading this book.

Once again, this tale is for a younger audience – the illustrations take in account the early art work and are essential to explaining the tale to younger readers.