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King Midas: The Golden Touch by Demi

King Midas: The Golden Touch

by Demi

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King Midas is a selfish man who always does things backwards. When he is granted one wish, he wishes that everything he touched turned to gold. At first he was very pleased with his new found richest. However, as time goes on he realizes that his wish is more of a curse as he cannot eat food and becomes lonely when all of his servants turn to gold as well. After speaking with an oracle he goes to the river to get rid of the wish. After his gift is gone, Midas is happy with what he has and prays to the gods for wisdom and moderation.
  sbarshaw | Jan 16, 2018 |
Story of the greek King Midas who asked to have the power to turn anything he touches into gold. His wish is granted and he quickly realizes that it isn't all its cracked up to be. ( )
  SatinaJensen | Jun 29, 2016 |
This book tells the myth of King Midas, the Greek king who wished for a golden touch from Apollo. The book is illustrated in a way that is friendly for younger audiences, possibly even down to the elementary level. At the same time, the myth is accessible for older students who are studying Greek mythology. The book itself would be good to study author's perspectives - such as comparing the telling of the myth in this picture book to how the myth is told in another media, such as a strictly narrative form. I also think this book would be accessible for English language learners.
  jstrecker | Apr 18, 2016 |
I love Greek Mythology and i especially loved this book, which is about a king who was granted the golden touch by a satyr. the main concept in this book was greek mythology and moral lessons. The book has great artwork that enhances the story. The lesson that I gathered from the the story, which is very valuable for children is, sometimes you may think you want something but what you want may not be as great as it seems, so be happy with what you have!
  michelleripley | Mar 12, 2016 |
Greedy King Midas learns from his mistakes and changes because of them. This is Greek mythology is a “Rites of Passage” type myth because Midas learns from his mistake and becomes wiser; it has beautiful cultural illustrations. It gives lessons in consequences, greed, and the need for wisdom. Good for discussions on values and choices, also valuable in history lessons.
  JuliannOlson2015 | Nov 16, 2015 |
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Long ago the ancient Greeks believed their gods were in the sky and the winds, the seas and the mountains--in everything.
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"Blessed" by the god Dionysus with the ability to turn everything he touches to gold, greedy and ignorant King Midas quickly learns that one must be careful what one wishes for. When his food and drink turn to gold, as well as his servants and every other living thing in the palace, Midas is immediately penitent. "Why did I ever ask for such a stupid gift?" he cries, as his teardrops turn to gold.

This classic Greek myth may be familiar to many readers, but few will deny that it has ever been presented so spectacularly. Award-winning artist Demi's paintings are shot through with gold, against Mediterranean backdrops of sea blue and purple. Each page of this gorgeous picture book is bordered with golden patterns, and a four-page fold-out depicts Midas transforming his many-columned palace into solid, immobilized gold. Here is a perfect introduction to Greek mythology for young readers who will be as mesmerized as Midas by the allure of the golden touch--Demi's in this case! (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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A king finds himself bitterly regretting the consequences of his wish that everything he touches would turn to gold.

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