King Midas and the Golden Touch

by Charlotte Craft

Other authorsKinuko Y. Craft (Illustrator), K.Y. Craft (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2003



Call number

398.2 Cra

Call number

398.2 Cra

Local notes

398.2 Cra





HarperCollins (2003), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages.$6.99.


A king finds himself bitterly regretting the consequences of his wish that everything he touches would turn to gold.

Original publication date


Physical description

32 p.; 10.92 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member ChelseaGriffin
The folktale of King Midas and his golden touch is a wonderful book for children that teaches them about lust and greed. They can see from the lesson that Midas learns in this book that it is not about stuff but about the people you care about. The pictures in this book are absolutely wonderful and
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is a great read for children.
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LibraryThing member meallen1
This story is a fairy tale. It is about a man named king midos and everything he touches turns to gold. The story teaches children not to be greedy and not take things for granted. The pictures are fun and bright. The reading level for this book is for first ot second graders. The curricular
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connection is fairy tales.
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LibraryThing member jkessluk
A traditional myth where the king does a good deed and is granted one wish. The king is greedy though and asks to be able to turn everything he touches into gold. He quickly finds out he can't eat this way and turns his daughter into gold, and searches for a way to make things go back to how they
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were. The illustrations in this book are beautifully detailed, and vibrant.
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LibraryThing member eurbanowicz
A retelling of the famous Midas myth (or folktale, depending on the organization system). King Midas asks for the power to create gold, but ends up turning everything he touches to gold, including his daughter. RESPONSE: The artwork in this retelling is the best part. The paintings are rich and
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lush, and set in the middle ages, which seems unusual considering this is a Greek myth. But it works. THEMES/CONCEPTS: greed, "be careful what you wish for", origin myth, ancient Greek religion, familial love
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LibraryThing member edeidrich
This elderly tale of Midas and his insatiable lust for gold, while very familiar, is presented in an artfully exquisite fashion. The oil and watercolor murals which grace the pages capture the lavishness of Midas' twinkling treasures and the painfulness of his ill-thought of actions. Through
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sacrifice and misery does Midas learn of the true scope of his greed, and ultimately the realization of what is most important.
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LibraryThing member ashoemak
I remember this story from my childhood. This version has wonderful illustrations. This story is a wonderful way to teach: being grateful for what one has.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
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
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transforms his beloved daughter Aurelia into a golden statue, he truly knows sorrow...

Based 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 a more medieval setting, making it seem like more of 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.
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LibraryThing member mroque
Summary: There was once a king named Midas who did a good deed for a Satyr and was granted a wish by the God of wine, Dionysus. For his wish, Midas asked that whatever he touched would turn to gold. Although Dionysus tried to dissuade him, Midas insisted that the wish was an excellent one, and it
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was granted! Excitedly, Midas went about touching all sorts of things, turning them into gold. Soon Midas became hungry. He picked up a piece of food, but he couldn't eat it, for it had turned to gold in his hand! His daughter, seeing his dismay, comforts him, and, she too turned to gold. He went to the river and wept. The sand of that river turned as yellow as "fool's gold" for it is there, they say, that King Midas washed away the curse of the golden touch with his own tears.
Genre: Mythology
Review: This story is so fantastic. The pictures are very dark, but so appropriate and compliment the story so well.
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LibraryThing member lruano
King Midas loved gold. The only thing he loved more than gold was his daughter Aurelia. One day he got to grant a wish and he wished that everything he touched would turn into gold. Unfortunately, King Midas didn't know that this could also be a curse. This is a cute myth about how some this can be
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a blessing but also a curse.
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LibraryThing member cvarela
A very good lesson to just about any age group including children and adults. King Midas loves gold more than anything, except for his beautiful daughter. He is granted a wish after showing kindness and mercy to a poor man. He chooses the golden touch so that everything he touches turns into
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precious gold. Although he is warned by making this choice, his greed is bigger than anything and he accepts. When he realizes he won't be able to eat without everything turning into gold, he worries. It wasn't until his beloved daughter is turned into statue of gold that he realizes he has made a big mistake and the golden touch is more like a curse.
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LibraryThing member mcnicol_08
A king finds himself bitterly regretting the consequences of his wish that everything he touches would he turns to gold. This classic tales teaches its readers' the critical story of greediness. I personally loved the enchanting illustrations of the story that seem to captivate the reader.
LibraryThing member memaldonado
Gold was almost the most precious thing for King Midas, but he loved his daughter above everything. One day an old man slept in his garden of roses, and King Midas brought him inside the palace and gave him food. Later that night the spirit of that old man appeared to King Midas in his chamber, and
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rewarded Midas for his help. King Midas asked the spirit to convert everything that he touches into gold, and it happened that way. Everything was not happiness because when King Midas touched his daughter, she became a golden statue. King Midas went to cry along, and the spirit appeared. The Spirit asked him why he was not happy, and he explained why. The spirit told him to fetch water from a river, so that the water could be sprinkled on everything that had the golden touch. Midas did that, and his daughter was not a golden statue anymore. I enjoyed the book because of the illustrations. The illustrations have a lot of details, but most of all I enjoyed the illustration that had the roses covered with gold. The book reflects how greed can destroy one’s life. For an activity for kids I would ask them to write some sentences to describe King Midas.
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LibraryThing member katieloucks
Great! never realized it was a Greek myth until recently.
LibraryThing member 1Avidfan
This is a beautifully illustrated edition of the story of King Midas and His Golden Touch.




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