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In the time of myths and legends...
...Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty, has grown jealous of a young girl named Psyche. She is envious of the praise heaped upon the mortal girl for her splendor. The goddess decides to dispatch her mischievous son Eros, the god of love, to perform a nasty trick.
When the trick goes awry, Eros finds himself falling in love with Psyche. Unable to resist her allure, he whisks her away to a palace in the sky. Wanting Psyche to fall in love with him for who he is and not for his name or looks, Eros hides his true identity from her and forbids her to see him in the light.
Persuaded by her two jealous sisters, Psyche plots a way to see him by lamplight. Her plan backfires and, feeling spurned and betrayed, Eros abandons her. Not wanting to live with anyone but Eros, Psyche sets out on a quest to regain the trust of her one true love.
This is a wonderful story of true love, redemption, and the conquering of impossible odds during the golden age of mythology.
“Foley retells one of the most famous love stories of all time, and it is certainly beautiful to behold. Banerjee’s lovely, jewel-toned paintings will keep readers’ eyes glued to the page as they follow the suspenseful twists and turns of this classic tale. This adaptation begins and ends with the framing device of a teacher telling the story to her lovelorn student. This is a good narrative choice for sharing this story with young readers—they “hear” the teacher explain the story and respond to her student’s questions and exclamations along the way. The story of Eros and Psyche has more ups and downs than a roller coaster, as love, jealousy, and trust are all stretched to their breaking points. Ultimately (*spoiler alert*) true love prevails, even though it is challenged by family obligations and by death itself. This is a good adaptation of an old story, and one that will entice today’s readers.” - School Library Journal
"” highly recommend Campfire’s comics. They do what they are intended to do and do it in a way that excites kids about classic literature.”– Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom (a resource for teachers and librarians)
“An interesting take on the story of Eros and Psyche and amazing artwork make this adaptation of the classical myth a very successful one.”– RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“If you are looking for a way to introduce a youngster to the magical world of mythology, this Campfire version of Eros and Psyche is a good place to start. It is a story that has everything: romance, jealousy, adventure, and mystery. It is a story with lessons to learn, morals to be drawn. But most important of all, it is a story told with flair and illustrated with style.” – Jack Goodstein, Blogcritics