The Greek goddess of harvest, Demeter, loves her daughter, Persephone, more than life itself. So after Persephone is kidnapped by Hades, ruler of the Underworld, Demeter's sorrow covers the eart
The Greek goddess of harvest, Demeter, loves her daughter, Persephone, more than life itself. So after Persephone is kidnapped by Hades, ruler of the Underworld, Demeter's sorrow covers the earth in winter snow. The crops fail, and Zeus sends his messenger Hermes to bring about Persephone's release. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Glen Huser's interpretation of the iconic Greek myth offers an enchanting parable about why the seasons change— that times of joy and abundance are followed by those of scarcity and sorrow. Paired with Pilippe Béha's soaring illustrations, Time for Flower, Time for Snow is a powerful meditation on the wheel of life itself.
Included is a CD of the opera performed by over 180 Québec school children accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique Pop de Montréal, and narrated by the legendary Terry Jones of Monty Python fame.
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has written many novels for children, including The Runaway
for Tradewind Books. He has received several awards, including the Governor General's Award. He lives in Vancouver.
is an internationally acclaimed artist and has won the Governor General's Award for his illustrations three times. He has illustrated over 125 books for children, including the prize-winning The King Has Goat Ears for Tradewind Books.
has composed and arranged music for theatrical plays, multimedia projects, festivals and musical ensembles. His two previous children's operas received great critical acclaim in Greece.
"Time for Flowers, Time for Snow is a fabulous multi-sensory thrill to be enjoyed by parents and kids alike. . . The illustrations, supplied by lauded artist Philippe Béha, lend the book visual appeal. Figures, mostly seen in classical Greek profile, are animated by rich colour and decorative detail, while dialogue and song are cleverly suggested by fragments of musical notations collaged into the images. . . Time for Flowers, Time for Snow is an ambitious project that brings together a group of talented collaborators with splendid results. This is not just a book, it's a whole arts experience with many facets — literary, artistic, musical — to explore."
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— Quill & Quire Starred review