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Apollo's father was Zeus (ZOOS), the king of all the gods. His mother was the beautiful Leto (LEE-toh), the daughter of Titans Coeus (KEE-ohs) and Phoebe (FEE-bee). But Zeus was not married to Leto--his wife was Hera (HEER-uh). Nick also remembered that Hera was very jealous of Leto. She took her jealousy out on Apollo and his twin sister, Artemis (AHR-tuh-mis)--even before they were born. Hoping that the twins would never be born, Hera forced Leto to live at sea. She demanded that no land allow Leto to enter. But when the soon-to-be mother arrived at the island of Delos (DEE-los), it welcomed her anyway, providing her with a place to give birth. It wasn't much of an island. It floated in the sea, pushed around by the wind and waves. But when it allowed Leto to stay there, four pillars grew from the ocean floor to hold the island in place forever. Like many Greek myths, this earliest story about Apollo is an exciting one. Leto certainly isn't the only goddess to be banished by one of the gods. But when Apollo and his twin finally arrive, everything that his mother had to endure seems somehow worth it. Apollo's cry was said to be a sound of music. And like his mother, he was beautiful to the point of perfection. In this new book for children, author Tammy Gagne helps young readers understand the many stories of Apollo.