Sunday, November 1, 2009
If you do a unit on myths, Persephone, written by Sally Pomme Clayton and illustrated by Virginia Lee, would be a good choice for a read aloud book. Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, goddess of the Earth. She is kidnapped by Hades, god of the Underworld, with the purpose of her becoming his bride. Demeter, upset by the loss of her daughter, curses the land and creates winter.
The text is appealing to 3rd-5th graders and the illustrations really set the mood of the story. A fifth grader recommended Persephone to me. I would read this book as part of a unit on Greek mythology or as part of a study of pourquoi stories (tales that explain natural phenomena). With the popularity of The Lightning Thief, you could compare the two texts. Lee's illustrations would make for an interesting discussion of how illustrators can set the mood of story.