Iduna and the Magic Apples, by Marianna Mayer (1988)

In Iduna and the Magic Apples, this ancient Norse myth comes to life again in the haunting words of Marianna Mayer and the exquisitely detailed illustrations of Laszlo Gal.SUMMARY
Out of the northern mists comes this timeless tale of the goddess Iduna, whose gift of everlasting life keeps the world young. The divine love that flows from the beautiful Iduna constantly renews the earth, and the golden apples from her sacred garden give immortality to the gods.

But when the precious fruit is stolen and the goddess abducted by an evil giant, a frozen darkness descends upon the world. A journey to the land of the dead and a battle of fire and ice must be undertaken before the wicked and conquered and Iduna can once again reign in her sacred grove. (Dust jacket flap)

Marianna Mayer has adapted many fairy-tale classics for children. She is also the author of the highly praised The Unicorn and the Lake, an American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists,” an IRA “Children’s Choice,” and the winner of the 1984 Colorado Children’s Book Award.  She also wrote PegasusAdventures of Tom Thumb, Noble-Hearted Kate: A Celtic Tale, and Unicorn Alphabet.  She lives in Connecticut.

Laszlo Gal is the award-winning illustrator of a number of books for children, including The Parrot, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Little Mermaid, The Willow Maiden, and The Enchanted Tapestry. He studied in Budapest and immigrated to North America in the 1950’s. He live in Canada with his family.

Published in 1988 by Macmillan Publishing Company.

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