King Midas and the Golden Touch

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Harper Collins, Sep 23, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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"There once lived a very rich king called Midas
who believed that nothing was more precious than gold."

So begins this imaginative and breathtaking retelling of the myth of the man with the golden touch. When a mysterious stranger offers to reward Midas for a kindness, the king does not hesitate: He wishes that all he touches would turn to gold. To his delight, his wish is granted and he soon sets about transforming his ordinary palace into a place of golden beauty. But to his dismay, when he accidentally turns his beloved daughter into a golden statue, Midas learns that what at first seems a blessing can also become a curse.

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User Review  - ImperfectCJ - LibraryThing

Beautiful illustrations, lovely version of the story. My kids had some complaints that it wasn't like some of the other versions they'd heard ("Why didn't they say the 'mysterious figure' was Dionysus ... Read full review

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User Review  - memaldonado - LibraryThing

Gold was almost the most precious thing for King Midas, but he loved his daughter above everything. One day an old man slept in his garden of roses, and King Midas brought him inside the palace and ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Charlotte Craft studied comparative literature at Columbia University in New York. After graduating, she traveled to Japan, where she worked as an interpreter and photographer. She now lives in Scotland with her family. The New York Times complimented her first book, Cupid and Psyche, for its "clear, simple text" and noted that the book a "excels in conveying the mythology."

In addition to Cupid and Psyche, she is also the illustrator of Marianna Mayer's Pegasus, Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Ms. Craft lives in Connecticut.

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