Gaia: Goddess of Earth
by Imogen and Isabel Greenburg
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Pub Date 14 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 14 Apr 2022
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ), Bloomsbury Children's Books
Imagine you made something that was so beautiful and powerful that everyone wanted to take it for themselves. And then you had to watch them destroy it. Would you fight for it?
Meet Gaia, the ancient Greek goddess who created the Earth and the universe that stretched beyond it. She raised trees from their roots to the sky, sent waterfalls tumbling over cliffs and created the tides that sloshed on the shore. She gifted her creation to animals and mortals, and watched as they made it their home.
But she also created a force she couldn't control: the ambition of gods. Gaia watched as the gods fought brutal wars and manipulated mortals such as Hercules and Achilles, disturbing peace on Earth. Storms raged, fires blazed and people, animals and plants suffered. Gaia begged the gods to look after her creation, but no one listened.
But Gaia never gave up fighting for a better world. This is her story.
Written and illustrated by two remarkable sisters, Imogen and Isabel Greenberg, this story is an exciting and action-packed adventure, with a poignant environmental message at the heart of it: the pursuit of power damages our natural world, and we all have to work together to protect it.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 15 members
Absolutely gorgeous, illustrated beautifully, this timeless story deserves to be told forever.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me access an advance copy of this book in exchange for my feedback.
Quality Rating: Four Stars
Enjoyment Rating: Five Stars
You can always count on the Greenberg sisters to believe top quality retellings of ancient history, whether fact or myth. And what a great story to choose to tell - the earliest of Greek creation myths, told with the focus of Gaia, Rhea, the Furies and the Fates (a.k.a. the women who are so rarely remembered). This myth is not only often underappreciated in favour of the more popular and adventurous Gods of Olympus (as opposed to the Titans who preceded them as much of this is), but it also tips off readers about where many other classical figures and creatures came from such as the Cyclopes, the Furies and Fates, even Zeus's thunderbolts and the Greek's devotion to the Olympian deities. For a young reader, none of that will be significant but they'll have a wonderful time reading and exploring the world accompanied by Isabel's ever-lovely illustrations. Top tier children's books here pals, and just as enjoyable for anyone older.