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Perseus by Simon Spence is a illustrated children's book about the story of Perseus, a Greek myth. Perseus' mother Danae is a princess, but is locked away by her father when a prophecy states that her son will cause great harm to the king. Although she is locked away, the Greek god Zeus helps her to have a baby boy whom she names Perseus. Enraged, the king put his daughter and Perseus in a crate and shipped them out to sea. Perseus and his mother were rescued by fishermen and stayed on the island for many years.
Because the other children teased Perseus for not bring brave, he volunteered to kill the evil creature Medusa and bring back her head. With the help of the Greek goddess Athena, Perseus was able to meet the nymphs and received three special gifts. A sickle sword, a pair of sandals with wings, and a bag to hold the head of Medusa. Medusa was so evil that her head was made of snakes. If she looked at anyone, she could turn them into stone. Perseus approached the sleeping Medusa quietly, and chopped off her head while she slept, making him the bravest man in the land!
I love the idea of a children's book series that teaches young people about the Greek myths. I think other parents will appreciate the educational information in this story and kids will love the adventure of Perseus and his mother.