Island of the Minotaur by Sheldon Oberman
Greek Myths of Ancient Crete

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This book weaves together the famous and forgotten myths of the mysterious Minoans of Crete. Their island empire was obliterated by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions but their clever puzzles and riddling tales were rescued by the Greeks and became an essential part of Greek mythology.

About Sheldon Oberman

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Sheldon Oberman wrote two Sydney Taylor Honor AwardThe Wisdom Bird and The Always Prayer Shawl, which also won a National Jewish Book Award. He taught at Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba, where the Sheldon Oberman Writing Award has been established in his honor. Oberman died in 2004.Neil Waldman has written and illustrated more than fifty books. He is the recipient of the Christopher Award and the National Jewish Book Award. He lives in White Plains, New York.
Published January 11, 2003 by Tradewind Books. 96 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Because Oberman veils the sex—the Minotaur is born after Poseidon’s white bull “attacked and terrified” Queen Pasiphaë in her bedchamber—while weaving in wooden, invented dialogue and details, the tales aren’t particularly authentic, and Drawson’s blocky caricatures are distractingly weird.

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by Blair Drawson, maintains many of the frightful elements of the original tales, particularly Cronos devouring his children (a full-page illustration shows the moment before the event), Queen Pasiphae's implied rape by the Great White Bull and the gruesome deaths of Androgeus and his father...

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