Persephone A Journey from Winter to Spring by Sally Pomme Clayton

Persephone A Journey from Winter to Spring

Written by Sally Pomme Clayton
Illustrated by Virginia Lee

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Acclaimed storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton breathes vigorous life into this dramatic story from the ancient world. Beautiful Persephone is cruelly snatched from everything she knows and loves by Hades, the dark-hearted King of the Underworld. While Persephone pines and starves in the Underworld, her mother the goddess Demeter mourns above ground and strikes a curse on the earth making it winter all year round. When the gods intervene, Persephone and her mother are reunited – except for three months of the year during which Persephone must return to Hades as pay back for the pomegranate seeds she ate. Virginia Lee’s illustrations vividly contrast the two worlds in which Persephone lives.


Persephone A Journey from Winter to Spring by Sally Pomme Clayton

No flowers. No plants. No sunshine. When Hades carries Persephone down to the Underworld, her mother curses the Earth and everything stops growing. It is winter all year round. Persephone must return to Earth - but how can Spring return where Winter reigns?

Sally Pomme Clayton's dramatic storytelling and Virginia Lee's haunting illustrations transform one of the world's oldest myths into a classic picture-book.


Sally Pomme Clayton, a much respected storyteller with a penchant for tales with brave heroines, breathes new life into one of the world's oldest myths. Lee's wistful illustrations are reminiscent of both Brian Wildsmith and Jane Ray. Glasgow Herald

A beautiful book. It retells one of the world's oldest myths, transforming it and making it understandable to the senses. What I admire is the way that the words and the illustrations are melded together: the words and pictures, each flowing with neither leading. What you need is someone to read it to you while showing you the pictures. Facts & Fiction

A superb book for exploring culture and storytelling. It provides exciting opportunities for children to engage with work on a cross-curricular level, and will bring history and the seasons to life in your classroom, facilitated by the wonders of modern technology.
Junior Education

It is pleasing to see publishers such as Frances Lincoln commissioning picture book editions of myths such as this fine retelling of Persephone. School Librarian

The story of Persephone demands to be told with dramatic words and pictures and you have that here. The words are direct and strong and read well aloud. The colours are intense and the figures commanding. The earth-black horses of the Underworld contrast with the fresh new colours of Persephone in Spring. The illustrations show movement and power. This story is all about the earth and the artist does justice to the sea and the sky and to the land, both above and below. An excellent version of the myth. Carousel

About the Author

Sally Pomme Clayton

SALLY POMME CLAYTON is an internationally acclaimed storyteller. She co-founded The Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Hugh Lupton, spearheading the revival of storytelling in the UK. She has a huge repertoire of stories, many of which feature bold heroines. She tours throughout Britain and internationally, performing at the British Museum, the Barbican and Southbank Centre. She writes for BBC Radio and theatre. Her first book for Frances Lincoln was Tales Told In Tents, followed by Amazons! and Rama And Sita.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

6th June 2013




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