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Time for Flowers, Time for Snow
A retelling of the legend of Demeter and Persephone
By author: Glen Huser   Illustrated by: Phillippe Béha   By composer: Giannis Georgantelis
Selling Points: Hades, Persephone, Demeter, seasons, love, Greek mythology
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Pub Date: Sep/30/2013
Pages: 54
Picture Book
Price:  $18.95
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The Greek goddess of harvest Demeter loves her daughter Persephone more than life itself. So after Persephone is kidnapped by Hades, ruler of the underworld, and taken as his bride, Demeter's sorrow covers the earth in winter snow. The crops fail, and Zeus sends his messenger Hermes to bring about Persephone's release. But things get complicated when Persephone takes a liking to her captor. The book includes a CD of the lyrics performed as an opera choral by school children of Montreal. The Monty Python Terry Jones narrates the text on the CD.
School Library Journal - December 1, 2013
"The telling is lush in description and dialogue."
Quill & Quire - November 1, 2013
"Combining striking illustrations, a dramatic story based on ancient myth, song lyrics, and a companion CD featuring a children's operetta, Time for Flowers, Time for Snow is a fabulous, multi-sensory thrill to be enjoyed by parents and kids alike...An ambitious project that brings together a group of talented collaboraters with splendid results. This is not just a book, it's a whole arts experience with many facets—literary, artistic, musical—to explore."
Publishers Weekly - October 7, 2013
"[The included CD] is not just an audio readaloud, but an operetta-scale work whose 25 light classical-style songs are performed by dozens of singers and instrumentalists...The project’s production values are of a high standard."
Kirkus Reviews - September 25, 2013
"A creative foray into sharing myth with young people."


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