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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845070615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845070618
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 26.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Riordan grew up during the war in his chimney-sweep grandfather's house in Portsmouth. After school he was a barman, waiter, railway clerk, commercial salesman, and dance band musician. During his National Service in the RAF he learned Russian and went on to become Professor of Russian Studies at Surrey University. Besides novels, he has written folk-tale collections, picture books and over 20 academic publications. His first novel for children, Sweet Clarinet, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book Award and, like his other novels The Prisoner and When the Guns Fall Silent, is based partly on his own wartime experiences.


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James Riordan travelled the world collecting folktales and published over thirty volumes of tales from different countries. The Twelve Labours of Hercules won the UK Reading Association Award 1998. He was Emeritus Professor at the University of Surry and Visiting Professor at the University of Worcester, as well as holding honorary degrees from Birmingham, London, Moscow and Grenoble. He regularly reviewed children's books for The Times., and his autobiography, Comrade Jim: the spy who played for Spartak, was published in 2008 by Fourth Estate. He also wrote ten novels for young people. His first, Sweet Clarinet, won the NASEN award in 1999 and was nominated for the Whitbread Prize in 1998. Match of Death won the South Lanarkshire Book Award in 2004, and The Gift was nominated for the NASEN award in 2006. He published a novel on slavery, Rebel Cargo, with Frances Lincoln in 2007. James Riordan died in 2012.

Jason Cockcroft was born and brought up in West Yorkshire, where he lives in Ilkley. He studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art. Jason began his career while still at art school. He is the illustrator of the Harry Potter jackets. He lives in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

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I used a Power of Reading approach that was very effective in engaging a Year 5 class. If you just want a good picture book of an Ancient Greek myth, it'll do just as well.
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The First Hero of Greek Mythology 15 May 2009
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Format: Paperback
The story of Jason and the Argonauts is one of the oldest heroic stories of Western Civilization. Homer makes reference to Jason in both the Iliad and the Odyssey. However, the first complete telling of the myth comes to us from the Third Century BCE in the epic poem, Argonautica. "Jason and the Glden Fleece" is a retelling of the Argonautica with children as its targeted audience.

"Jason and the Golden Fleece" does a good job of tracking the plot line of the Argonautica. All the major characters and incidents are included in this version. The writing is competent and the illustrations are first class. However, what keeps me from giving this book five stars is that I am not sure the Argonautica can really be condensed for children. It is too interesting a story to be reduced down to its simplest plot elements. Although I have not read it, I suspect that the Padraic Colum and Willy Pagany retelling probably does the myth more justice.
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