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Adventures of the Greek Heroes Hardcover – May 4, 1973


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"The Only Game" by Mike Lupica
Jack discovers sometimes it’s more than just the love of the game that keeps us moving—and he might just be able to find his way back to "The Only Game". See more

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 4, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395069130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395069134
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,797,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the authors' answer to the need they found in their teaching experience for easy versions of Greek hero tales, and the result is most successful . . . vigorous and appealing. Included are Hercules, Perseus, Theseus, Orpheus, Meleager, and Jason." School Library Journal, Starred

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Customer Reviews

A wonderful book that is indeed encyclopedic.
Thomas Shuford
Most of the great heroes are present in "Adventures of the Greek Heroes".
Marco Antonio Abarca
I strongly recommend that all elementary school students read this book.
Charles Ashbacher

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Callie on August 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was in middle school and really wanted to read a book about Greek mythology because that was my main interest back then. I read this book and enjoyed it, despite its childish narration(a bit more fit for six year olds). However, I was disappointed when I did further research and discovered that many of the myths were wrong in this book. For one thing, in this book, when man disregarded the gods, the gods took fire from mankind and Prometheus took the fire from the gods to return to men, but as punishment he was chained to a rock. Well, anyone who knows mythology well enough knows that Prometheus actually stole fire to introduce to mankind and was honored, but later punished because he made it so that the gods got the worst of the sacrifice. In addition, the book doesn't say that Hercules performed his labors for the king because of Hera's jealousy. Instead, it makes it seem like the gods sentanced Hercules to work for the king for no reason at all. I was also ticked off by the puny, unecessary dialogue and the fact that the Latin equivalents of the Greek gods were used instead of the real Greek names(such as Minerva instead of Athena). Now, for some postivie info, it does at least have some good illustrations and most of the stories actually were right. I must admit it did a fairly good job at telling the stories of Perseus, Orpheus, and Theseus. I would for sure not recommend this book if you're looking for an introduction to Greek mythology. Instead, I recommend checking out Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia(with plenty of articles on Greek myths) and "D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths". If you'd like to read this book, better to go for the library than to buy it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Shuford on August 25, 2002
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A resource/reading teacher at the third grade level for almost three decades, I have used Adventures of the Greek Heroes to great effect at the beginning of the year. The book is on a beginning third grade level. The controlled vocabulary will annoy older readers, but suits young readers. A great introduction to the Greek myths, and surprisinly detailed in its accounts of the six or so heroes on which it is mainly focused: Prometheus, Hercules, Perseus, Theseus, Orpheus, Jason. It's about 170 pages and well-illustrated.
Adventures of the Greek Heroes is by no means comprehensive. For that you need D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, which is on about a fifth grade level. A wonderful book that is indeed encyclopedic. It begins with the origins of the gods and proceeds roughly chronologically to the Trojan war.
Wiseman and McClean's Adventures of the Greek Heroes, nonetheless, is a very valuable introduction for younger readers, eight and nine year olds, particularly for boys, who, as we all know, are less inclined to read. This book motivates third grade boys like few others.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
... The purpose of a children's book on mythology is not tooffer adult versions of the myths in any didactic manner, but topresent the myths in a manner that would interest a child, and Iremember reading this book over and over when I was young and lovingit. The stories are exciting and the drawings very nice, and while Inever really became interested in Greek myths later, I still have mycopy of this book thirty years later. For a child, this is a fine bookof adventure stories, and it need be no more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
My daughter read this book when she was 6, and it really got her excited about Greek mythology. True, it's not the most comprehensive account of most Greek myths, but then the stories have to be boiled down quite a bit for very young readers. Complications of the original stories--such as sex and violence--have to be soft-pedaled. I think this books is a good first encounter with Greek myths. After all, it's hard to go wrong when you have those great monsters and heroes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2002
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This was the first book I read as a 6-year-old after the basic learn-to-read primers. It sparked a love for Greek myths and other classics that has lasted to this day. There are some changes in the text, but it puts the plot in terms a child can understand without embarrassing a parent. Came back to buy the book for my own daughter.
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With so much of Western cultural patterns derived from the ancient Greeks, all children should be exposed to the mythology and literature of their civilization. This book is an excellent primer on how the Greeks expressed their opinions of the universe through their fables and legends. With the exceptions of their powers, the Greek gods were humans in form, expression and ingestion. Even the mighty Zeus was emotional, sexually active, required food and drink for sustenance and was prone to fits of hostility against humans and other gods.
This book describes the actions of some of the mightiest of the Greek human heroes; the adventures described are those of:

*) Hercules
*) Perseus
*) Theseus
*) Orpheus
*) Meleager
*) Jason and the Argonauts

The descriptions are basic, yet detailed, giving the late elementary student an excellent introduction to Greek thought. To the Greeks, the acts of nature were the consequences of the whims of the gods and their heroes are the prime examples of people who were able to triumph over great adversity. The fundamental story of the conquering hero is a staple of literature that began in part with the Greeks and has continued to be an essential part of human culture since that time. I strongly recommend that all elementary school students read this book.
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