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This story is suitable for children age 6 to 8 approx.
The story from ancient Greece of the boy who flew too close to the sun. It continues the story of Daedalus, whom we first met in the story of the
We hear how he and his son Icarus tried to escape from Crete with wings made of feathers and wax. Some of the touching details, such as Icarus playing
with the feathers, come from the Latin poet,
I've told you before about the half man-half bull called the Minotaur. This strange and terrible beast lived in a deep, dark Labyrinth on the island of
Crete. Well you may remember that the Labyrinth was created by the cunning and ingenious mind of Daedalus.
Daedalus was a brilliant architect and inventor, in fact, he was so brilliant that King Minos of Crete did not want to let him go back to his home in Athens.
Instead, he kept him as a prisoner. Daedalus lived with his son Icarus in a tower of the palace, and King Minos made him invent weapons of war that would
make his army and navy even more powerful than they already were.
Although Daedalus and Icarus had every comfort that they could ask for, the father longed to return home to Athens. His son hardly remembered his home city,
but he too wanted to leave, because he longed to run and play in the open, rather than be in a tower all day.
Daedalus looked out over the waves of the Mediterranean Sea, and he realised that even if they could manage to slip out of the tower and find a little boat,
they wouldn't be able to sail very far before they were spotted and caught by one of the ships of King Minos's navy.
He thought for a long time about the best way to escape, and finally he came up with a plan, and this is what he did.