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Persephone and the Pomegranate

A Myth from Greece

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A sumptuously illustrated picture book by the author of the bestselling THE BOOK OF GODDESSES and THE GODDESS TAROT. Kris Waldherr’s breathtaking illustrations, filled with mystery and magic, enrich this haunting Greek myth that will linger in the mind long after the last page has been turned.

When Persephone bends down to pick a blood-red narcissus, the earth suddenly splits in two. From the abyss a golden chariot appears, and its mysterious driver drags Persephone into the crevice. Then the earth seals shut with a shudder. Deep in the darkness of the underworld, Persephone discovers that she has been abducted by Pluto who loves her and makes her his queen. But Persephone is inconsolable, knowing she will never seethe sun or her mother Demeter again.

Then the grief-stricken Demeter, goddess of the harvest, refuses to allow spring to return unless she is reunited with her daughter. And as the earth becomes frozen and the wheat fields barren, the survival of the earth is uncertain. Will Pluto free Persephone, or is the earth doomed?

Praised by the New York Times Book Review for its “quality of myth and magic” and by Jean Shinoda Bolen (GODDESSES IN EVERY WOMAN) as "a beautifully done retelling of the major mother-daughter myth." 

Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer whose art has been exhibited in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her numerous books for adults and children include THE BOOK OF GODDESSES (One Spirit/Book of the Month Club top ten bestselling book), DOOMED QUEENS, THE LOVER’S PATH and SACRED ANIMALS. She is also the creator of bestselling The Goddess Tarot and The Lover’s Path Tarot, both which are available as iPhone apps.

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From Publishers Weekly

30 August 1993 – Waldherr, illustrator of Amy Ehrlich's Rapunzel and Robert San Souci's The Firebird , here transplants a Greek myth to a dreamy, Botticelli-like setting. Evoking a time ``when gods and goddesses still lived among humans,'' her romantic prose describes Persephone's abduction by Pluto, ``lord of the underworld,'' and the heroic attempts of Persephone's mother, the harvest goddess Demeter, to rescue her. Lush oil paintings, some full-page, others in miniature, conjure up tranquil, moonlit landscapes; an ethereal netherworld; blossoming forests. Persephone and Demeter, both gauzily gowned and given flowing, pre-Raphaelite tresses, and an ardent, black-haired Pluto stand out against a supporting cast of courtly specters. Haunting. Ages 4-8.

What's New in Version 1.1

Deluxe illustrated edition updated for iPad


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Persephone and the Pomegranate
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  • £1.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
  • Category: Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables
  • Published: 13 August 2015
  • Publisher: Art and Words Editions
  • Print Length: 35 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.1
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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