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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Little Medusa desperately wants to play outside with the other children. The only problem is, like her namesake in Greek mythology, whenever people look into her eyes, they turn into stone. And, like the Greek mythological monster (though Little Medusa is only a child and not a monster), Little Medusa’s hair consists of venomous snakes that scare people away. Her family, which consists of the famous Greek mythological Gorgon sisters, insists she remain indoors, but Little Medusa is determined to play with the other children. What would happen if she wore sunglasses and tied her snakey hair back? Would that keep the other children safe from turning into stone? Would that reduce their fear of the girl with snakey hair?
Rachelle Jones Smith’s picture book story, Little Medusa: No Stones Turned (Myth Me), is a clever way to introduce young readers to some of the mythological characters from the classical era. Told in rhyming verse, the story attracts young readers who will relate to Little Medusa’s dilemma. All children want to play and be accepted by other children, even if they’re different, and Little Medusa is definitely different. But, she’s also resourceful and, as the plot develops, young readers will be cheering her on and perhaps even making their own suggestions on how Little Medusa can safely play with other children. The colorful illustrations help carry this story along. A charming mythological story to encourage young readers to learn about classical myths and legends.