Sky Cloud City- $18.95

By Maria Kamoulakou-Marangoudakis (Author), Aspasia Arvanitis (Illustrator)

Inspired by the ancient Greek play Ornithes (The Birds, 414 BC) by Aristophanes; first book in a series by Greek archaeologist Maria Kamoulakou-Marangoudakis. In this delightful tale, two best friends rescue a pair of crows and are swept away to the Land of the Birds. Join them in their adventure where they meet the bird king and his subjects, and help the birds unite to achieve the impossible: a bird city in the clouds called Ornithopolis. Sky Cloud City is the first book in the series, The Adventures of Hope & Trusty. Inspired by the ancient Greek play Ornithes (The Birds, 414 BC) by Aristophanes.

About the Author

About the Author: Maria Kamoulakou-Marangoudakis was born in Athens, Greece, and spent her childhood steeped in the city’s ancient art and architecture. From early on, Maria felt a strong calling to become an archaeologist, and went on to study archaeology in England in the late 1980s. She holds two degrees in the field, one with distinction. Maria’s experience as a field archaeologist and a researcher with Greece’s Hellenic Ministry of Culture spanned more than sixteen years. During that time, she worked in important archaeological sites throughout Greece, including Sparta, the Diros Caves, Patras, Aetolia-Akarnania, Epidaurus, the islands of Santorini, Lesvos, Zante and Kefalonia. Maria finished her career in Greece as a member of the 35th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities in Kefalonia. Following her marriage to Carl Marangoudakis, Maria moved to the United States in 2008. The seeds of her venture into children’s literature were planted in 2012, during a stormy wintery night in New England. Maria had just emerged from a serious health adventure that left her with a strong desire to “seize the day” by reaching out to children. Using her background as a Greek archaeologist, Maria turned to her favorite ancient Greek playwright, Aristophanes, for inspiration. The Adventures of Hope & Trusty: Sky Cloud City is a free adaptation of the most fairytale-like of his comedies, The Birds (Ornithes). It is the first book in a series inspired by the most popular comedies of Aristophanes.

About the Illustrator: New England artist Aspasia Tsihlakis Arvanitis was born to a Greek-American family in Springfield, Massachusetts. From adolescence on, Aspasia had a strong inclination for painting and was attracted by the works of the Renaissance Masters. Her earliest training in oil painting took place during evening classes at Springfield Putnam High School in the early 1970s. She subsequently attended painting classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield and won a Humanities Award for Excellence in Fine Arts Painting at Springfield Technical Community College. She has taken private lessons in pastel and oil painting in Agawam, Massachusetts, and took a specialized course in Florida to learn the oil painting techniques of the Renaissance Masters. Aspasia enjoys experimenting with new techniques and styles in oil and pastel painting. Now in private collections in Europe and the United States, her compositions include portraits, landscapes, seascapes, still life, abstract and surrealistic paintings. Aspasia’s favorite artistic subject matter is water reflection.


“A sweet, tender childhood story that speaks in the most beautiful way to the values of love, peace, and cooperation between people. A wonderful adaptation of the ancient comedy writer Aristophanes, that gives us valuable lessons for the present.” Aggeliki Kompocholi Ph.D, Philologist and literary critic, University of Athens, Greece.

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