The evil giant Thiassi vows to capture Iduna and her magic apples which give the gods on Valhalla everlasting life.
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Grade 3-6-- A stirring picture-book rendition of the Norse myth of how Iduna's apples kept Odin and the other gods from growing old, until Thiassi, a monstrous giant in hideous bird shape, plotted to kidnap her and gain the power of the apples. After evil black insects, evolved from Thiassi's cast-off feathers, sting Iduna with their poisonous venom, she becomes alarmingly weak. This provides the opportunity for the god Loki, succumbing to treachery as a condition for saving his own life, to deliver her to Thiassi. The Everlasting Garden begins to die as winds, rain, and snow battle it. The gods themselves begin to age and decline, until they coerce Loki to rescue Iduna. The text is a delight. Mayer's poetic style of writing echoes the beauty and tranquility of the Everlasting Garden. Lyrical descriptive passages will evoke vivid scenes in readers' imaginations. Superbly crafted, the retelling is made more compelling by Mayer's astute use of engrossing dialogue as well as embedded phrases and short sentences and implied pauses. Gal's sweeping compositions dramatically evoke the myth's ever-changing mood. Strikingly framed by identical side panels (albeit in the same muted sepia tones), the double-page spreads offer a visual interpretation in a majestic classical style. Gal uses a resin-color wash with egg tempera on paper technique highlighted by cross hatchings and colored pencil to add detail and texture. The action is perceived as frozen-in-time vignettes, each poignant moment enhancing the narrative. This book will be a valuable addition to mythology collections. --Ronald Jobe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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Iduna is a fair-haired goddess from ancient Norse mythology who tends a magic garden in the kingdom of Asgard. In her verdant domain, flowers grow alongside clear streams, sweet grass and abundant fruit trees, but the greatest treasure of all is a chest of golden apples that give everlasting youth and vitality to the gods. In this vivid retelling of a haunting tale, disaster strikes when Thiassi, hateful enemy of the gods, succeeds in abducting Iduna and the apples from her paradise. With Iduna imprisoned in a fortress of stone, death haunts the once-invincible gods and the magic garden withers into a perpetual doom. An ominous black raven looks on from the border on each page, lending a spooky touch, but the artworkfor all its careful touches and ornate landscapesis occasionally uneven. Most distressing are the portrayals of Iduna; her image is inconsistent throughout the book. Ages 5-9.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Laszlo Gal (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0027651207
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027651207
Book Description Macmillian Publishing Company, New York, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Gal, Laszlo (illustrator). Book Condition: NEW, beautiful etched burgundy boards with gold gilt lettering to spine. "Out of the norther mists comes this timeless tale of the goddess Iduna, whose gift of everlasting life keeps the world young. The divine love that flows from the beautiful Iduna constantly renews the earth, and the golden apples from her sacred garden give immorality to the gods. But when the precious fruit is stolen and the goddess abducted by an evil giant, a frozen darkness descends upon the world. A journey to the land of the dead and a battle of fire and ice must be undertaken before the wicked are conquered and Iduna can once again reign in her sacred grove. This ancient Norse myth comes to life again in the haunting words of Marianna Mayer and the exquisitely detailed illustrations of Laszlo Gal.". Bookseller Inventory # 000101
Book Description Nov 30, 1988. Book Condition: New. First Printing. Hardcover in dust jacket. Very clean - no marks , no flaws. Bookseller Inventory # 0815R797579
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Pu, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110027651207