Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer TKono
"The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold"
by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Carson Ellis is a
pleasant book. It puts the stories of Pandora,
Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus, and Psyche into
modern language. While the stories are all different,
some characters' names are mentioned in several
scenarios. The text flows as readers revisit Greek tales
that captivate their imagination.
This book is a quick read; with under seventy-five
pages, it can easily be read in a day. Its black and
white pictures are beautiful, but the reader is left
wanting to see more. The vocabulary is simple, with the
hardest word being philandering. There are some sexual
innuendos, but they are not at all graphic. They refer to
married couples sleeping in the same bed and loving each
other. The euphemisms aren't explicit, but parent
guidance is suggested.
slight sexual innuendos
Reviewer Age: 17
Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA