I Am Arachne: Fifteen Greek and Roman Myths

Paperback | July 21, 2009

byElizabeth SpiresIllustratorMordicai Gerstein

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Spinning, I can't stop spinning, so stay a minute, and I, Arachne, will spin a story for you . . .

In this singular collection, the heroes and heroines of fifteen Greek and Roman tales give their own dramatic accounts of events. From the magnificent spinner Arachne, who learns that a mortal should never challenge a god, to the god Pan, who prefers Earth to Mount Olympus, to the beautiful, self-indulgent Pandora and the gold-stricken Midas-the reader becomes a confidant to the tellers of these sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, always engaging tales of wonder, woe, romantic love, and jealousy. Mordicai Gerstein's energetic, whimsical illustrations combine with Elizabeth Spires's playful renditions for a totally fresh take on familiar and not-so-familiar myths.

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Spinning, I can't stop spinning, so stay a minute, and I, Arachne, will spin a story for you . . .In this singular collection, the heroes and heroines of fifteen Greek and Roman tales give their own dramatic accounts of events. From the magnificent spinner Arachne, who learns that a mortal should never challenge a god, to the god Pan, ...

Elizabeth Spires is the author of three other books for children, including The Mouse of Amherst, and four collections of poetry for adults. Her book I Heard God Talking to Me was published by FSG in Spring 2009. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 7.7 × 5.21 × 0.35 inPublished:July 21, 2009Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312561253

ISBN - 13:9780312561253

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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"Spires, author of The Mouse of Amherst (1999) makes ancient tales unusually vivid and immediate by recasting them as first-person accounts. . . . Mordicai Gerstein's crosshatched ink drawings add touches of visual elegance to the stylish retellings. . . . a truly memorable read-aloud candidate." -Booklist

"Spires has a poet's ear for language." -Voice of Youth Advocates