Now there’s a girl who understands things, the crow thought.
When two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, die in a vicious battle over the crown of Thebes, the new ruler, King Creon, decides that Eteocles will be buried as a hero, while Polynices will be left outside as a feast for the dogs and crows.
But the young Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, will defy the cruel tyrant and attempt to give her brother the burial he deserves. This simple act of love and bravery will set in motion a terrible course of events that will reverberate across
the entire kingdom…
A definite must have for a kid’s bookshelf!
I feel like, if there had been re-tellings of works such as Antigone which we can safely claim to be one of the building bricks of literature, more people of my generation would be more interested in exploring books rather than sliding their finger on their screens or posting pictures of their meals/duck-faces on various platforms.
Reading is amazing and it really opens a whole different world to you, it provides you with culture, it broadens your knowledge! It only does you good to pick up a book and the sooner you do it, the better it is.
I can only express myself on The Story of Antigone – a simplified re-telling of Sophocle’s greek play – since it is the story I got to read, but if the rest of it is going to be as well- and simple written, and as beautifully illustrated as it, this series of classic retellings from Pushkin Books – in my opinion one of best thing that could have happened to children/young people of this generation in terms of educating them – is going to be a huge success.
I’ll definitely be grabbing some copies for gifting purposes (and some for myself, they are just too beautiful).
Dave Eggers says, of the series: “I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it. Ever since Alessandro conceived this idea I thought it was brilliant. The editions that they’ve complied have been lushly illustrated and elegantly designed.”