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Condemned by a jealous king, Bellerophon must win the trust of the legendary winged horse Pegasus or face certain death. From the poignant meeting the growing bond of friendship between horse and man to the dramatic slaying of the fearsome fire-breathing Chimera, this is an unforgettable adventure that will stir the imagination of young and old alike. Featuring glorious pa Condemned by a jealous king, Bellerophon must win the trust of the legendary winged horse Pegasus or face certain death. From the poignant meeting the growing bond of friendship between horse and man to the dramatic slaying of the fearsome fire-breathing Chimera, this is an unforgettable adventure that will stir the imagination of young and old alike. Featuring glorious paintings that readers will want to savor again and again, here is a magnificent edition of a timeless Greek classic.


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Condemned by a jealous king, Bellerophon must win the trust of the legendary winged horse Pegasus or face certain death. From the poignant meeting the growing bond of friendship between horse and man to the dramatic slaying of the fearsome fire-breathing Chimera, this is an unforgettable adventure that will stir the imagination of young and old alike. Featuring glorious pa Condemned by a jealous king, Bellerophon must win the trust of the legendary winged horse Pegasus or face certain death. From the poignant meeting the growing bond of friendship between horse and man to the dramatic slaying of the fearsome fire-breathing Chimera, this is an unforgettable adventure that will stir the imagination of young and old alike. Featuring glorious paintings that readers will want to savor again and again, here is a magnificent edition of a timeless Greek classic.

30 review for Pegasus

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    What a beautiful book! I am very pleased to have this be my first introduction to the story of Pegasus and Bellerophon. I have no idea how accurate this retelling is, but I completely enjoyed it! It was quite refreshing to finally meet a hero that I could stand behind pretty much 100%! Bellerophon is brave, fair, handsome, and learns the importance of trust. What's more, he befriends Pegasus! (what could be better!?) This said, not all the characters are as "perfect" as Bellerophon, but I'm not sur What a beautiful book! I am very pleased to have this be my first introduction to the story of Pegasus and Bellerophon. I have no idea how accurate this retelling is, but I completely enjoyed it! It was quite refreshing to finally meet a hero that I could stand behind pretty much 100%! Bellerophon is brave, fair, handsome, and learns the importance of trust. What's more, he befriends Pegasus! (what could be better!?) This said, not all the characters are as "perfect" as Bellerophon, but I'm not sure they were supposed to be. And while certain aspects of the story weren't especially involved or detailed, the focus of the story definitely was (that being the stories of Bellerophon and Pegasus). I loved how Pegasus was described, and that even though he was "wild" he obviously had a good heart and a kind nature. I was impressed by Mayer's choice of words and details. The book felt like a very smooth and solid read, like a miniature novel. I didn't feel the story was too sparse, but rather that Mayer chose the most important places to provide detail (and beautiful words), and kept the rest to a minimum (quite clever, I think!). Add to this Craft's incredible illustrations, and you have a fantastic, impressive, and touching story. I'm always amazed at Craft's detail, and use of light, as well as her amazing ability to create fairy worlds and gods that are only semi-transparent. This book contains beautiful two-page spreads that left me wanting to examine every inch of paper. A very sweet story, and a wonderful way to experience it! Highly, highly recommended!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Zuvich

    Another Mayer & Craft extravaganza! I LOVE their books and this was my first time reading this (unlike previous books, which I read during my own childhood). I played ancient Greek music in the background to accompany this (I recommend it!) and my daughter was fascinated by it and found the monster quite scary and Bellerophon and Pegasus wonderful heroes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Neesa Vasquez

    Pegasus is a traditional literature book and falls under the sub genre of myths. I have always enjoyed reading about Greek Mythology and learning more about the many beliefs and stories created. The illustrations were so vibrant and beautiful. The illustrations caught my attention and made me feel as if I was immersed into the story. I was able to fall in love with the hero, Bellerophon, because he was handsome and brave. The images were mystical and included some fairies and other animals. The Pegasus is a traditional literature book and falls under the sub genre of myths. I have always enjoyed reading about Greek Mythology and learning more about the many beliefs and stories created. The illustrations were so vibrant and beautiful. The illustrations caught my attention and made me feel as if I was immersed into the story. I was able to fall in love with the hero, Bellerophon, because he was handsome and brave. The images were mystical and included some fairies and other animals. The use of lighting was mesmerizing and made the characters and setting pop out. The way the author describes the horrific monster helps the reader imagine how the creature looks before even seeing the actual illustration of the dragon. The way the dragon breathed fire and had long dragon claws made me worry for Bellerophon's life. The best part of the story was when the luminous woman told Bellerophon, the only way to gain Pegasus' favor was trust. Even if Bellerophon gains Pegasus' trust, they must still be equal to one another in order to succeed. This could be a great lesson to teach children about trust, teamwork, and equality. The colors used in the illustrations made the scene where Bellerophon and Pegasus met, so dramatically believable. The authors use of imagination, team work, and color made the story enjoyable.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    We have been exploring various Greek mythology stories for the last two years, and our oldest is especially excited every time we find a new mythology book. Our youngest hasn't liked the stories quite as much, but is game to listen in during storytime and I know that she really likes Artemis. When I saw this book in our library's card catalog, I was thrilled. It's a greek myth we'd not yet explored and it features the winged horse. Our youngest absolutely loves horses, pegasus and unicorns, so I We have been exploring various Greek mythology stories for the last two years, and our oldest is especially excited every time we find a new mythology book. Our youngest hasn't liked the stories quite as much, but is game to listen in during storytime and I know that she really likes Artemis. When I saw this book in our library's card catalog, I was thrilled. It's a greek myth we'd not yet explored and it features the winged horse. Our youngest absolutely loves horses, pegasus and unicorns, so I knew that this book would be a hit with both our girls. The story is quite serious and even violent at times, but our girls were enthralled. They were already somewhat familiar with the story, so they were excited to hear a more in-depth version. And the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous - we spent a long time looking at all of the details within the pages. Overall, it's a thrilling and entertaining story and we really enjoyed reading it together.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Coyle

    A fantastic fantasy told for children also with beautiful illustrations by K. Y. Craft. The majestic Pegasus and the hero Bellerophon fight the awful Chimera. Who will win? I wish I would have known of this book for my oldest son who loved mythology when he was young.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ♥Mary♦Sweet♣Dreams♠Are♥Made♦of♣This♠

    A beautifully illustrated Greek Mythology book. A beautifully illustrated Greek Mythology book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eden Williams

    I was surprised by this book because I expected this book to be a novel. It's short, only forty pages, but it's still good! This story is about a hero named Bellerophon and a wild, winged horse named Pegasus. Bellerophon must kill the dreaded Chimera. But he hasn't a hope on the ground, to defeat the monster, he must ride Pegasus. But can he gain the wild, independent horse's trust and friendship?And, even if he does, can he defeat the Chimera, who has already slayed thousands? Find out in Pegas I was surprised by this book because I expected this book to be a novel. It's short, only forty pages, but it's still good! This story is about a hero named Bellerophon and a wild, winged horse named Pegasus. Bellerophon must kill the dreaded Chimera. But he hasn't a hope on the ground, to defeat the monster, he must ride Pegasus. But can he gain the wild, independent horse's trust and friendship?And, even if he does, can he defeat the Chimera, who has already slayed thousands? Find out in Pegasus! I thought that Bellerophon, the hero, was a little too perfect. I mean, he was handsome, he was brave, and he was a skilled fighter. I would like him better if he had at least one fault. It would make him seem more human, but that's probably just me. Besides, this is such a short book, not a novel, that there's no room for character development. I loved how Mayer described Pegasus! "No ordinary horse, Pegasus soared over mountains and galloped through clouds as effortlessly as he trotted through green meadows." The artwork was even better than the story, so beautiful! It just showed Greek culture so well! I love Greek culture so much! Overall, this is a great book that I recommend to 3rd - 5th grades.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Charisse Nichole

    I have two problems with this book. The first is that it focuses on Bellerophon, not Pegasus like the cover and title lead you to believe. It was still a fantastic story with gorgeous illustrations (per usual), but I was disappointed by the lack of focus on Pegasus. The other problem I had was that the author changed part of the myth surrounding why Bellerophon goes in search of Pegasus. I always anticipate changes in these stories but this story with this change just didn't seem like a good cho I have two problems with this book. The first is that it focuses on Bellerophon, not Pegasus like the cover and title lead you to believe. It was still a fantastic story with gorgeous illustrations (per usual), but I was disappointed by the lack of focus on Pegasus. The other problem I had was that the author changed part of the myth surrounding why Bellerophon goes in search of Pegasus. I always anticipate changes in these stories but this story with this change just didn't seem like a good choice to me personally. I'm sure a LOT of people will disagree with me and that's ok. I understand WHY the author did it, I just don't think I would've made that particular change. There were smaller changes they could've made instead to make it more true to the myth and yet make it nicer for children which is what I imagine they intended. Apart from those two things, I loved this book! The pictures were magnificent and I really enjoyed getting to read about Bellerophon with a dash of Pegasus. Plus the Chimera is always fun to read about, too. I highly recommend this to all ages/anyone interested.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School

    This beautifully illustrated book retells the ancient Greek myth surrounding the flying horse, Pegasus and the hero Belleophon. Readers will learn about the origin of Pegasus, his friendship with Belleophon and their heroic battle against the Chimera. Those who enjoy Greek mythology will appreciate the variation and detail of this ancient tale.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Honestly I picked this up because of the artwork. Pegasus and Belleropon's has never been one of my favorites, aside from Pegasus, but I do love K.Y Craft's art so I had to look at the book. The story is alright but really the draw is the pretty pictures. Honestly I picked this up because of the artwork. Pegasus and Belleropon's has never been one of my favorites, aside from Pegasus, but I do love K.Y Craft's art so I had to look at the book. The story is alright but really the draw is the pretty pictures.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Solid retelling of Bellerophon, Pegasus, and the Chimera accompanied by Craft's gorgeous, vibrant illustrations. If the writing in this Greek classic had been more descriptive and rich, it would have been worthy of five stars. Solid retelling of Bellerophon, Pegasus, and the Chimera accompanied by Craft's gorgeous, vibrant illustrations. If the writing in this Greek classic had been more descriptive and rich, it would have been worthy of five stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    The illustrations are nice and the story is interesting, it's a similar but different take than the other version by Jane Yolan we read today. We found the Yolan version much more interesting. The illustrations are nice and the story is interesting, it's a similar but different take than the other version by Jane Yolan we read today. We found the Yolan version much more interesting.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I thought I was getting a chapter book when I borrowed this...but I still enjoyed it. An overview of the myth about Pegasus, gorgeous pictures and a nice story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    sch

    A homeschool read. Enchanting illustrations, but the text is weak.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Roslyn

    Gorgeous pictures, good story with good words (not dumbed down). My six-year-old says, "I liked it. It was good." Gorgeous pictures, good story with good words (not dumbed down). My six-year-old says, "I liked it. It was good."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Set

    I love this Greek Mythology story of Bellerophon and Pegasus battling the Chimera. K.Y Craft is an awesome illustrator and the story was well written.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Middlestead

    A long picture book, but gorgeous illustrations.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Lovely. Too wordy for Kindergarten.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wilma

    Although beautiful and a good storytelling, the wording was a bit exhausting to read aloud and just seemed to be missing that enchantment X factor I was expecting

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ebookwormy1

    Captivating illustrations and an adventure featuring a hero's (Bellerophon's) triumph over a dragon (Chimera) are sure to make this book of interest to boys. The writing, in my humble opinion, was good, but not great, though it did hold the attention of my students. Those familiar with the Illiad's telling of the story will realize Bellerophon's story has been sanitized for children. Perhaps that is necessary considering a key to Bellerophon's struggle is that he has refused a woman who sought to Captivating illustrations and an adventure featuring a hero's (Bellerophon's) triumph over a dragon (Chimera) are sure to make this book of interest to boys. The writing, in my humble opinion, was good, but not great, though it did hold the attention of my students. Those familiar with the Illiad's telling of the story will realize Bellerophon's story has been sanitized for children. Perhaps that is necessary considering a key to Bellerophon's struggle is that he has refused a woman who sought to entice him. This slight of hand is more palatable than that of eliminating Bellerphon and Pegasus's final adventure. After the triumph over the Chimera, Bellerphon's hubris caused him to fly Pegasus over the land of the gods at Olympus. Zeus was angered and struck him down. Bellerphon ended his life as a blind ostracized outcast, while Pegasus was humbled by becoming Zeus' pack horse. Good lessons for little ones, but maybe over their heads? In the end, this is the story of Bellerphon and Pegasus' first adventure, and it is on the longish side for elementary children. The contextual illustrations expose them to the mystery and beauty of the ancient Greek legend. In my mind, this initial positive experience is enough to compensate for age appropriate editing, especially with students who are boys. 3.5 stars, but I'm putting it down as 4 because I think most teachers/ parents who purchase it aware of these limitations will be happy with it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    Simply and elegantly written, this classic Greek myth tells the tale of the heroic Bellerophon who was duped into delivering a message bearing his own death warrant and how he found help through the aid of a mystical horse called Pegasus. What gives this story its unique slant is that the hero doesn't conquer the beast. Instead they form a bond of mutual trust and friendship and it is this bond that allows them to defeat the menacing Chimera. The pictures are also breathtakingly lovely, Pegasus s Simply and elegantly written, this classic Greek myth tells the tale of the heroic Bellerophon who was duped into delivering a message bearing his own death warrant and how he found help through the aid of a mystical horse called Pegasus. What gives this story its unique slant is that the hero doesn't conquer the beast. Instead they form a bond of mutual trust and friendship and it is this bond that allows them to defeat the menacing Chimera. The pictures are also breathtakingly lovely, Pegasus seeming a true creature of the air with wings that mimic the surrounding clouds. Indeed, many of the illustrations depict people, animals and creatures that seem nothing more than manifestations of their natural habitats. Animals both drink at a pool and hover around it as little more than glittering eyes. A weeping woman's dress flows into the trail of tears from her eyes until she becomes a stream herself. The Chimera is a beast of fog, thundercloud and shadow as he rages over the countryside. Even Bellerophon's role as a mythic hero is slyly conveyed in the red scarf that streams behind him like a cape as he flies on Pegasus's back. This is a fantastic picture book and note should be taken of the illustrator's wonderful efforts. Even though this is ostensibly for children, I believe adults will find this a delectable book as well.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Canadian Reader

    A lovely picture book to look at up close, but less good as a read-aloud for a large group--the pictures are far too intricate and many of them are very darkly coloured. The telling falls a little flat. Belleraphon, the hero who engages the winged horse to help him battle the chimera, is not sufficiently developed. The author makes efforts to underline the respect between this hero and the winged horse, but the relationship between the two is never fully affecting. I wanted to like the book. My A lovely picture book to look at up close, but less good as a read-aloud for a large group--the pictures are far too intricate and many of them are very darkly coloured. The telling falls a little flat. Belleraphon, the hero who engages the winged horse to help him battle the chimera, is not sufficiently developed. The author makes efforts to underline the respect between this hero and the winged horse, but the relationship between the two is never fully affecting. I wanted to like the book. My students did not.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Meg McGregor

    The illustrations are exquisite and are what drew me to this book! "As the goddess in his dream had foretold, the two had become brothers, bonded by a trust that neither could ever forget!" This close friendship between Bellerophon and Pegasus is the kind of friendship I am always seeking! I do believe my dogs and I have this friendship as they follow me anywhere and everywhere and don't like me out of their site! The illustrations are exquisite and are what drew me to this book! "As the goddess in his dream had foretold, the two had become brothers, bonded by a trust that neither could ever forget!" This close friendship between Bellerophon and Pegasus is the kind of friendship I am always seeking! I do believe my dogs and I have this friendship as they follow me anywhere and everywhere and don't like me out of their site!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mir

    The illustrations by Craft are pretty, and there are plenty of them, but they are not my favorites of hers. And the text, although adequate, seemed a little stilted. It wasn't a great or particularly authentic retelling of the Bellerophon myth. I felt like Mayer was trying to make the story fit a later mold of fairy tale (face challenges, win princess, live happily ever after). The illustrations by Craft are pretty, and there are plenty of them, but they are not my favorites of hers. And the text, although adequate, seemed a little stilted. It wasn't a great or particularly authentic retelling of the Bellerophon myth. I felt like Mayer was trying to make the story fit a later mold of fairy tale (face challenges, win princess, live happily ever after).

  25. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    As a youngster, I thought horses were the best creatures ever to roam the earth and unicorns and Pegasus were even more fantastic mega-awesome versions of horses. However, the actual myth of Pegasus is pretty dull. It’s a retelling of the old knight-versus-monster story we’ve heard a million times before.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lari

    This would be a good book to use doing a mythology unit. Having an individual tale in a picture book format like this makes it a little more accessible than some of the larger collections of mythology, which can be a little overwhelming. I think it's a great book for boys who are into battle. The illustrations would be good for an art lesson on classical or romantic styles. This would be a good book to use doing a mythology unit. Having an individual tale in a picture book format like this makes it a little more accessible than some of the larger collections of mythology, which can be a little overwhelming. I think it's a great book for boys who are into battle. The illustrations would be good for an art lesson on classical or romantic styles.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Skylar Burris

    My daughter is currently obsessed with pegasuses, but at least this gives me an opportunity to introduce her to Greek mythology. This book has beautiful illustrations, but the storytelling left something to be desired. It didn't "flow" easily as a read aloud. My daughter is currently obsessed with pegasuses, but at least this gives me an opportunity to introduce her to Greek mythology. This book has beautiful illustrations, but the storytelling left something to be desired. It didn't "flow" easily as a read aloud.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    This book is a great introduction to Ancient Greek mythology. The art is absolutely superb. I would use it for an older group of children however because the art can be dark in places, but still appropriate.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    The story line for this book was less about Pegasus and more about the Greek hero who rides him. I was fine but brief. THe artwork on the other had was absolutely beautiful. 3*

  30. 4 out of 5

    Magda

    I'll go along with Miriam's review. I'll go along with Miriam's review.

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