Kidsbookmanager.com Top Ten Books for Young Readers (2004)
Rising from the sea full grown,
I was made of salt foam,
I shine more brightly than that marble girl
carved in my image so long ago.
How many years? I don’t know.
Time has little meaning for me;
a goddess, after all, has eternity
to wander in…
Thus, Aphrodite speaks of her imagined rival, the famed Venus de Milo statue, in this innovative and spellbinding collection of poems. From Zeus, the Olympians’ supreme ruler, to his gloomy brother Hades and the ill-fated forest nymph Echo, the voices of the gods of Mount Olympus, the sea, the underworld and forest come alive within these stunningly illustrated pages. Beautifully realized in Kate Hovey’s mesmerizing verse, the characters of ancient Greek and Roman mythology form a rich and vibrant tapestry. These twenty-three poems serve to illuminate their unique and powerful personalities while highlighting the humor and pathos of their stories.