Written by Marianna Meyer
Illustrated by K. Y. Craft
Morrow Junior Books, New York,
Marianna Meyer and K. Y. Kraft breathe new life into the classic story of
the wild, solitary steed Pegasus who followed no one until the young hero
Bellerophon needs his help. Condemned by a jealous king, Bellerophon must
win the trust of the elusive Pegasus or face certain death--as so many before
him--on the bone-scattered cliffs where the blood-thirsty chimera makes its
Soothsayer tells Bellerophon that the great battle with the chimera can only
be won in the air, on the back of the winged horse Pegasus. Bellerophon's
search ends at the legendary fountain of Pirene, where he finds and wins
the the trust of Pegasus. Together, Bellerophon and Pegasus, one hero of
the earth and the other master of the clouds, battle the fierce chimera,
a nightmare demon-beast with a goat's body joined to the head of a lion.
The vicious creature is horrible to behold, embroiled in billowing clouds
of fire and smoke, descending to earth to rake his enemies with deadly talons
and destroy with lightning-fire breath.
The battle is fierce and the outcome
in doubt. All night the deadly contest rages on, ending only when an exhausted
and severely wounded Bellerophon
risks all with a final, desperate spear thrust.
K. Y. Kraft's oil over watercolor
illustrations are created in a classical tradition. Her portrayal of Pegasus
is wonderful: a gossamer creature with
translucent wings of feathered clouds and a rainbow mane. If Pegasus exists,
this is what he looks like. A truly noble steed of the air.