Book Review: King Midas and the Golden Touch

Rating: ★★★★★

King Midas, with his greed for gold, learned an important lesson when he got his wish that everything he touched would turn to gold.  This gift became a curse, and he realized almost too late that the things most precious to him could not be purchased with money.  This ancient Greek myth, with its timeless themes of love and greed, has been told and retold for centuries.

Charlotte and K.Y. Craft have produced a beautiful rendition of King Midas and the Golden Touch.  Charlotte Craft’s well-crafted retelling (based on Nathanael Hawthorne’s version) moves the story along at a good pace, giving enough details to satisfy an elementary-age audience.  The great appeal of this book, however, comes from K.Y. Craft’s stunningly beautiful paintings.  Lush with details, Craft’s use of light and shadow evokes a medieval mood, bringing the ancient story a little closer to the present day; and the glimmer of gold shines on every page.  This is an excellent book to introduce the classic myth to young readers, providing them with an imaginative framework for engaging the full version of the story at a later age.

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Publication Information: Craft, Charlotte. King Midas and the Golden Touch. Craft, K.Y. (Illustrator). HarperCollins. 1999. ISBN: 006054063X.
Categories: 5 Stars, Age 04-08
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Posted on August 18, 2010

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