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D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths Paperback – March 1, 1992
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The D'Aulaires' illustrations have a memorable quality: once pored over, they will never leave the minds of the viewer. Decades later, the name Gaea will still evoke the soft green picture of lovely Mother Earth, her body hills and valleys and her eyes blue lakes reflecting the stars of her husband, Uranus the sky. No child is too young to appreciate the myths that have built the foundation for much of the world's art and literature over the centuries. This introduction to mythology is a treasure. (Ages 10 to adult) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"The drawings...are excellent and excitingly evocative."--The New York Times
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What originally struck me as so fantastic (and still does) is that the D'aulaires don't write down to their audience or edit out details important to the original myth that some parents might not approve of. The end result? An all ages storybook and mythological primer that no one should be ashamed to own.
The drawings are an acquired taste, falling somewhere between Classical pottery paintings and Art Deco, but they do grow on you. My only quibble is that there's no pronunciation guide, which can really hamper you if this is your first exposure to these stories.
Buy this for for your children or even for yourself, you will never regret it.
"D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths" also gave me a great insight into a more adult world, and a curiosity, which I still carry to this day. Astronomy was no problem, as I already knew the names of things. Science also held fewer mysteries than it might have. (Hippocratic oath anyone?) My interest in Greek Myths lead to interest in Rome, which was followed by Shakespeare's Roman plays. Greek statuary lead to an interest in art, and a trip to the British Museum. Someday I hope to travel to Greece itself, and view the stomping grounds of Heracles and Belpheron.
All starting from this book. I think that is a pretty good recommendation.
If you like Greek myths, you will love this book. If you just like stories, you will love this book.
The only inaccuracy is that to make the stories age-appropriate, many of Zeus' "adventures" are somewhat censored, but not in a major way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm using this to supplement The Lightning Thief in my 6th grade class and my students can't get enough. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Dan H.
My youngest daughter fell in love with Greek mythology due to this book. The illustrations are great and the compilation of stories is very nice. Highly recommend!Published 12 days ago by Marina Netto Grande
Remember this book from school, now I have my very own copy :) . Perfect for introducing children to the world of mythology and the illustrations are really good :)Published 13 days ago by Jennifer Bombay
I remembering being in first grade & I checked this book out at the library every week. Then I rediscovered it several years later at a new school library & checked it out often. Read morePublished 15 days ago by S. Wood
Beautiful illustrations in this Greek Myth book that has become a classic.Published 15 days ago by K. Miles
Classic and wonderful book of myths. I read this over and over as a child and thought my own child would love it (he does). Read morePublished 19 days ago by Rebekah
This is something my 5th grader wanted to learn about but it hasn't been taught in her public school. She's enjoying it!Published 20 days ago by Sue Sasko
Best introduction to Greek myths for children and adults; the CD's are great too.Published 22 days ago by seasidesusan