read online Audiobooks King Midas and the Golden Touch By M. Charlotte Craft – Bilb-weil.de

King Midas is a goodman, and he is adevoted father to hisdaughter, Aurelia Yet Midasknows no music sweeter than therattling of golden coins, and the gold he gathers, the he desires When a mysteriousstranger offers to grant the kinga single wish as a reward for akindness, Midas does not hesi tate He wishes that all hetouches would turn to gold Butall too soon, he learns that whatat first seems a blessing can alsobecome a curseThe legendary man with the magic touch comes alive as a remarkably complex figure in this breathtaking new vision of perhaps the most universal of all Greek myths Kinuko Y Craft s radiant paintings glow with human drama, natural beauty, and golden splendorKing Midas is not a cruel man, but his passion for gold surpasses all else, save his love for his daughter If only everything he touched would turn to gold When Midas is granted that single wish, he rejoices until he nearly loses his beloved child to his greed Here is a skillfully retold story of extraordinary resonance and wisdom, with a message no reader will soon forget Radiant paintings glow with luxurious, golden, splendor


10 thoughts on “King Midas and the Golden Touch

  1. Abigail Abigail says:

    A retelling of the ancient Greek myth of King Midas, who foolishly believed that gold was the ultimate blessing, only to learn his lesson when Dionysus gives him the gift of the golden touch Unable to eat golden food, or drink golden water, Midas is miserable but when his new found ability transforms his beloved daughter Aurelia into a golden statue, he truly knows sorrowBased upon the version of this story found in Nathaniel Hawthorne s A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys , Charlotte Cr A retelling of the ancient Greek myth of King Midas, who foolishly believed that gold was the ultimate blessing, only to learn his lesson when Dionysus gives him the gift of the golden touch Unable to eat golden food, or drink golden water, Midas is miserable but when his new found ability transforms his beloved daughter Aurelia into a golden statue, he truly knows sorrowBased upon the version of this story found in Nathaniel Hawthorne s A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys , Charlotte Craft s narrative is engaging, but it is the illustrations by Kinuko Craft that truly give this picture book a magical quality One of my favorite illustrators, Craft s work is always vibrant and richly detailed, with a lushly romantic quality, and her luminous, light filled paintings are always a delight Although this is a classical story, Craft chooses to locate it in amedieval setting, making it seem likeof a fairy tale than a myth The scene in which Midas rushes down the stairs, a wave of golden transformation fanning out behind him, is exactly the kind of picture I would have spent hours poring over as a girl Highly recommended to folklore and mythology lovers, and to anyone who values beautifully illustrated picture books


  2. Ȝmman Saqqaf Ȝmman Saqqaf says:

    I remember being told the Nathaniel Hawthorne version of the story Which was really mournful for me back in my childhood However, I m still a big fan of it I grew up fond of dark romanticism genre It suggests that sins like the seven deadly sins yet guilt and evil are naturally inherent in human beings This is absolutely true I believe that parents must tell their children dark versions of the fairy tales For me, I wouldn t like it if my child grew up believing that the world is so nice I remember being told the Nathaniel Hawthorne version of the story Which was really mournful for me back in my childhood However, I m still a big fan of it I grew up fond of dark romanticism genre It suggests that sins like the seven deadly sins yet guilt and evil are naturally inherent in human beings This is absolutely true I believe that parents must tell their children dark versions of the fairy tales For me, I wouldn t like it if my child grew up believing that the world is so nice and will do him good, and life is a rose pink and fairy tales can possibly happen in reality I was just thinking that not every child will respond to a tale in the same way Some will be fond of the greediness of the king, some will feel agonized for the state the king had reached, some will fear to make a wish because what you wish for might just come true We should not expect children to interact with one interpretation of the story good interpretation We should keep their eyes open to the rest of the possibilities and discuss them with them and give them the freedom to adopt the opinion they want for themselves.Now allow me, dear readers, to shred this tale into piece First of all, I like to admit that I do not have the slightest concern of seeing any goodness, or bright side of any story or the explicit meaning it holds However, I like to focuson the badness and the implicitly It sfun and stimulus GreedinessAnd the first deadly sin we have is greediness When I was reading that King Midashad everything that money could buy, but he wasn t happyI said alright, that s cool, he might be lonely, melancholic, lost a loved one But hell no, he s just a greedy MOF ,More than anything else, King Midas loved counting his money and piling it into great shining heaps of gold, but always he wanted However, when a wish was offered to him, he could not think of something else but to wish that everything he touches turn to gold YOU HAD ONE WISH AND YOU BLEW IT, BITCH PrideLet s go back to the first lines of the story, where you ll discover the second deadly sin for the day pride That mad kind is taking a huge pleasure of counting his gold like a maniac,More than anything else, King Midas loved counting his money and piling it into great shining heaps of gold, but always he wanted This is so close to the character of The Businessman in The Little Prince, he was concerned with matters of consequence, like counting an recounting the stars so he can be richer Nevertheless, that Businessman said one hall of thing to The Little Prince,Kings do not own, they reign over It is a very different matter GluttonyWell, what King Midas did with his old school teacher and the friend of the God Dionysus MIGHT look so generous, lovely and thoughtful of King Midas, but no Let us just focus on the implicitly Gluttony, our third deadly sin As you see, it was just the two of them for a meal However, King Midas felt the urge to show off in front of the old man andhe ordered his servants to prepare a feast for himSee the word FEAST, this is gluttony mixed with greediness DionysusObviously, gods judges by appearances COME ON, HE S A SINFUL KING But who can blame Dionysus he s the god of ritual madness and religious ecstasy However, this story explicitly tells us that the God Dionysus is kind of merciful he s not a Genie who can t reverse a wish you ve made He ll give you the wish you want and watch you regret it, and beg him until his ego is fully satisfied then he ll reverse your wish.And now, that I m all satisfied with my critique I ll leave you for your thoughts


  3. Sara Sara says:

    They never do take an economic perspective of what happens when you flood a market with something.


  4. Marquise Marquise says:

    A decent retelling of the Midas myth, not particularly imaginative or original but with lovely illustrations.


  5. Margaret Chind Margaret Chind says:

    This is a beautiful book Recommended on multiple lists, but specifically on the third grade read aloud lists for Memoria Press curriculum and I look forward to that We found it at the library, and I am ready to blindly trust their lists, because everything they suggest is worth buying for our own shelves K.Y Craft is an artist that I stumbled upon by accident when I saw a gorgeous book in the library, it was Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, which is another one on our to buy list King Mida This is a beautiful book Recommended on multiple lists, but specifically on the third grade read aloud lists for Memoria Press curriculum and I look forward to that We found it at the library, and I am ready to blindly trust their lists, because everything they suggest is worth buying for our own shelves K.Y Craft is an artist that I stumbled upon by accident when I saw a gorgeous book in the library, it was Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, which is another one on our to buy list King Midas and the Golden Touch is beautiful as I said and I definitely would go forstories told by Charlotte Craft I m not sure that I knew this book before, but I did know the story and this is a gorgeous way to read it With large images and small to adorn the pages as well as some full two page spreads that continue to tell the story with images instead of words in parts is amazing and powerful for the readers While right now I was reading this for my own benefit and not to my girls, I am quite sure that they will love it I will not hesitate to buy this one when I find the right price scheduled


  6. Dolly Dolly says:

    Gorgeous illustrations are the highlight of this retelling of the classic myth Deep jeweled tones and exquisite details place the setting of the story in a medieval castle, making the story feellike a tale from the Brothers Grimm The narrative isn t too long, so this would be a good book for most elementary school age children Our youngest daughter and I had both read The Chocolate Touch recently, and so I thought this would be a good way to compare the two tales We really enjoyed read Gorgeous illustrations are the highlight of this retelling of the classic myth Deep jeweled tones and exquisite details place the setting of the story in a medieval castle, making the story feellike a tale from the Brothers Grimm The narrative isn t too long, so this would be a good book for most elementary school age children Our youngest daughter and I had both read The Chocolate Touch recently, and so I thought this would be a good way to compare the two tales We really enjoyed reading this book together


  7. Jaimie Jaimie says:

    The myth of King Midas is one of my favourite stories from the Greek tradition, but I really enjoyed Craft s change of location to a mock War of the Roses era England Greed for gold is afterall a universal problem, and the contrast of the living roases that the King s daughter loves so much is a nice nod to the English themes.


  8. Joshua Joshua says:

    In teaching different genres of literature with my students, I have used this to teach myth Because the story itself leans heavily upon a moral, students will want to identify this as a folktale So I do just a little groundwork with explaining its origin in Greek mythology.


  9. Set Set says:

    I love the Greek Mythology and medieval story of King Midas and the Golden Touch and K.Y Craft s illustrations really did this story justice.


  10. Nick Somsavanh Nick Somsavanh says:

    MYTHOLOGY King Midas and the Golden Touch 2003 , written by Charlotte Craft and illustrated by Kinuko Y Craft, is a book about the the mythological figure King Midas and the origin story of how he got his powerful touch to turn everything gold King Midas loved goldthan anything in the world, except for his daughter One night, while feasting, his men find an old man asleep in the King s rose bushes when his men try to capture and imprison the old man, King Midas instead takes pity on MYTHOLOGY King Midas and the Golden Touch 2003 , written by Charlotte Craft and illustrated by Kinuko Y Craft, is a book about the the mythological figure King Midas and the origin story of how he got his powerful touch to turn everything gold King Midas loved goldthan anything in the world, except for his daughter One night, while feasting, his men find an old man asleep in the King s rose bushes when his men try to capture and imprison the old man, King Midas instead takes pity on the man and invites him in for a feast The next day, the old man re appears as a young man in spirit form and grants the King the power of turning everything he touches into gold With this new power, the King merrily turns sheets, clothes and flowers into gold, but when he goes to eat with his daughter, he realizes that even the food he touches turns into gold Understanding the double sidedness of his new power and inability to eat food, the King sobs Wanting to comfort her dad, his daughter runs and hugs him, something the King embraces but then quickly realizes the danger he put her in She turns into a gold statue and the King is stricken with grief The spirit of the old man reappears and informs Midas of a way to get rid of his power, to which the King quickly sets off on his journey for the cure The text in the book are done on a single page and accompanied by a drawing on that same page, as well another drawing on the very next page, giving plenty of visual aide to the story The book has beautiful artwork with highly detailed illustrations that are reminiscent of most paintings from the Romantic era Each photo is framed within a white border, which helps give each illustration aelegant and classical look Sometimes though, the design and placement of some illustrations mainly the ones sharing a page with text is awkward as a lot of white blank space is left on the page and not fully utilizing the allotted space of the book If it weren t for this awkwardness, I would award the book five stars While some of the text may be long usually no longer than 2 paragraphs , the vocabulary isn t too complex for most elementary school students to understand I would recommend this book for parents educators to read to their young ones, and would recommend 1 3 grade students to read this book independently