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Summary: The king chose Danae, Perseus' mother, to be his new wife. To eliminate any threat of the marriage, the king challenged Perseus' bravery and sent him to slay Medusa and bring back her head. This is a Greek myth retold for a young audience.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 6 to 9
Reading Level: 2.6
Age of Child: Read with a 4½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our kindergartner didn't seem to grasp the reason for the journey, but was most interested in Perseus' effort and freeing all of the objects turned to stone.
Adult Reader Reaction: Since we had just recently seen a show on Discovery Kids that included a scene that introduced Medusa, we had a basis of comparison for expanding that lesson. The story is one we all remember from school ... just told better.
Pros: This is a very familiar myth told in a way that is neither gruesome nor over-bearing. It's a nice way to introduce Greek mythology for later, more sophisticated study.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Kids love adventure stories, and this is a classic. How many readings you'll do, will vary; it could have a short shelf life if the kids are looking for more sophisticated tales.