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Let's Go, Pegasus!: A Greek Myth    by Jean Marzollo order for
Let's Go, Pegasus!
by Jean Marzollo
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Jean Marzollo, whose picture book series of biblical retellings includes Daniel in the Lions' Den, David and Goliath, and Miriam and her Brother Moses, takes on a Greek Myth in a similar fashion, in Let's Go, Pegasus!

She tells the story of young Perseus who lived on a Greek island with his mother Danae. A bad king decided he wanted Danae for his wife. To rid himself of her son, the king ordered Perseus to kill the monster Medusa. Perseus negotiated to the effect that the king would leave his mother alone if he returned with Medusa's head.

Discovering that one look from Medusa would turn him to stone, Perseus decided he needed the Gods' help. Both Athena and Hermes responded to his pleas - the former lent him her shield to use as a mirror (and so avoid eye contact), while the latter gave him a sword to kill the monster with, and winged boots for speedy travel.

Of course Perseus succeeded in killing the monster, and when a beautiful white winged horse arose from Medusa's body he cried, 'Let's go, Pegasus! Now you're free! / From death came life, as all can see!' And the monster's head came in handy for one last zap into stone too.

As in her Bible series, Marzollo includes a running commentary on the bottom of her pages. This time the speaker is Athena's owl, with questions for the reader ('What does "wise" mean?'), advice for Perseus ('Don't turn around!') and helpful added explanations of events.

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