Time for Flowers, Time for Snow


The Greek goddess of harvest Demeter loves her daughter Persephone very much. So when Persephone is kidnapped by Hades, ruler of the underworld, and taken as his bride, Demeter’s sadness brings on the winter snow. When the crops fail, Zeus, sends his messenger Hermes to negotiate Persephone’s release. But things get complicated when Persephone takes a liking to her captor.The book includes a CD of the children’s opera composed by Giannis Georgantelis and produced by Chroma Musika. Over 180 children from Quebec accompanied by the 55-piece Orchestre Symphonique Pop de Montréal sing in this massive transatlantic musical collaboration narrated by Terry Jones (Monty Python).

★"Combining striking illustrations, a dramatic story based on ancient myth, song lyrics, and a companion CD featuring a children's operetta, Time for Flowers, Time for Snow is a fabulous, multi-sensory thrill to be enjoyed by parents and kids alike...An ambitious project that brings together a group of talented collaboraters 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
"[The included CD] is not just an audio readaloud, but an operetta-scale work whose 25 light classical-style songs are performed by dozens of singers and instrumentalists...The project’s production values are of a high standard."
– Publishers Weekly
"The telling is lush in description and dialogue."
– School Library Journal
"A creative foray into sharing myth with young people."
– Kirkus Reviews