Myths, legends, and a secret grandmother up a tower with long silver hair
October 27, 2012 9:16 AM Subscribe
Trying to identify a book my nanna had on her shelf and that I loved when I was a kid, but has been given away since. I thought the volume was called 'Myths and Legends', though one story I recall in particular strikes me as probably more of a fairy story. It might have been one of a set with a number of volumes.
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What I remember is a book an inch or inch and a half thick, similar-looking to those Readers Digest condensed novel sorts of things. I think it had a dark green cloth cover, or maybe blue. In it I remember reading Greek myths including Orpheus' ill-fated journey into the Underworld and about Apollo's daily trip across the sky. I'm pretty sure it was from the same book that I also recall a story about a young girl (princess?) who discovered a secret door and climbed up a twisting set of stairs to discover the secret abode of an old woman with beautiful silver hair who revealed she was the girl's (great?) grandmother. I have the feeling they had a special but secret relationship, hidden perhaps at the old woman's urging. I don't really remember anything more. Maybe something about the moon, or moonlight?
The volume(s) had illustrations throughout - black line drawings - but mostly it was text. So I think it was aimed at older children, maybe 8 to 10 year olds? It may have been on my nanna's shelf since her own children were young; they were born throughout the 50s.
If the book sounds familiar to anyone I'd particularly like to be able to identify it specifically in hopes of finding a copy like what I remember. I realise this is unlikely however, so I'd also love to hear if anyone can help identify the story about the grandmother so I can read it again even if in some other collection.