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Children's Fiction Greek & Roman

Time for Flowers Time for Snow

by (author) Glen Huser

illustrated by Philippe Béha

by (composer) Giannis Georgantelis

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2013
Greek & Roman
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 11
  • Grade: k to 6


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 B�ha'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 Qu�bec school children accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique Pop de Montr�al, and narrated by the legendary Terry Jones of Monty Python fame.

About the authors

From his earliest years, Glen Huser has loved to write and read and draw and paint. That’s when he wasn’t losing himself in the dark cocoon of a movie theatre or picking out old-time radio standards and Broadway musical hits on the piano. As a teacher and school librarian for a lengthy career in Edmonton, he worked his passions for art and literature into school projects such as Magpie, an in-house quarterly featuring writing and art from students. In his off hours, he wrote movie reviews for a local weekly, children’s book reviews for The Edmonton Journal, and got his small ink landscapes into galleries. As he worked on a degree in Education and then a Masters in English at the U of A, he had the good fortune to work under the tutelage of Rudy Wiebe, Margaret Atwood and W. O. Mitchell. For several years he was a sessional lecturer in children’s literature, information studies and creative writing at the U of A in Edmonton and UBC in Vancouver. His first novel Grace Lake was shortlisted for the 1992 W.H. Smith-Books in Canada First Novel Award. He has written several books for young adult readers including the Governor General’s Award-winner Stitches and the GG finalist Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen. Short stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines, most recently Plenitude and Waterloo University’s The New Quarterly. Glen’s current home is Vancouver where he continues to write as well as pursue interests in art and film studies.

Glen Huser's profile page

Philippe Béha has been a freelance illustrator for 30 years. He is passionate about children's books and has illustrated some 130 picture books that have earned him many awards, including The Canada Council for the Arts Award, the Governor General's Award, the Christie Award and the Prix Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Philippe Béha's profile page

Giannis Georgantelis has composed music for theatrical plays, multimedia projects and festivals, as well as musical ensembles. Giannis is also an accomplished orchestrator, having arranged many different folk songs of the Mediterranean for his group Carousel. His discography includes two CDs and two children’s operas, which received great critical acclaim in Greece.

Giannis Georgantelis' profile page

Editorial Reviews

"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 B�ha, 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."
Quill & Quire Starred review

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