Marzollo, Jean. Let's Go, Pegasus! New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2006.
Spring 2007 Nonfiction-Folktales and Nursery Rhymes Rating 3, Recommended, satisfactory in style, content, and/or illustration.
Summary: All is well for Perseus and his mother, Danae until the king comes to visit and demands that Danae marries him. The king didn't care for Perseus, so to get rid of him; he challenges Perseus to kill the evil monster, Medusa. Medusa had snakes for hair and could turn people and animals to stone with her stare. Scared, Perseus asks the Greek gods, Athena and Hermes for help. Athena gives Perseus her shield, so that Perseus could see Medusa without looking into her eyes and Hermes gave Perseus a sword and red bag to carry Medusa's head, as well as winged boots to allow Perseus to fly. Perseus defeats Medusa and out of her body comes a beautiful white horse named Pegasus, which he rides home. The king tries running away when he sees Perseus arriving home, but Perseus lifts Medusa's head out of the bag, allowing Medusa's eyes to look right at the king, turning him into stone.
Response: This is the second myth book I have read by Jean Marzollo and just like Pandora's Box, this story has the small birds (acting as a "Greek chorus") along the bottom borders of this book, making comments and questions relating to the events occurring on that page. As young readers read these questions and statements, they get to learn more about the topic of Greek gods and myths. The vivid watercolors and alternating fonts separate narration from dialogue, making this an interactive story for young readers, who can act out the dialogue and be actively engaged in the text. In the foreword of this book, Jean Marzollo offers suggestions for the use of this story in different contexts of the classroom. Students can read the story like a play, using transmediation to make the story more meaningful to the class. I think that it's great that Jean Marzollo has decided to do a series of adaptations of Greek mythology for young readers because it introduces young children to classical Greek myths. This will allow them to have an idea and prior background of these myths when they explore them in later grades.