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No education is complete without a large slice of Greek mythology. And there's no better way of meeting that literary quota than with the D'Aulaires' book. All the great gods and goddesses of ancient Greece are depicted in this big, beautiful classic, lovingly illustrated and skillfully told. Young readers will be dazzled by mighty Zeus, lord of the universe; stirred by elegant Athena, goddess of wisdom; intimidated by powerful Hera, queen of Olympus; and chilled by moody Poseidon, ruler of the sea. These often impetuous immortals flounce and frolic, get indiscreet, and get even. From petty squabbles to heroic deeds, their actions cover the range of godly--and mortal--personalities.
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.
"For any child fortunate enough to have this generous book...the kings and heroes of ancient legend will remain forever matter-of-fact; the pictures interpret the text literally and are full of detail and witty observation."
"The drawings...are excellent and excitingly evocative."--The New York Times
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This book on CD is fabulous. I initially bought it for long car rides. Somehow, this set of Greek myths migrated in to the house and my older kids listen to it over and over again. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mama of 4
Had this as a kid - fond memories didn't realise as I imagined they would - it is really dated in its prose and fairly hard to read. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Rossisinski
Only a little bend was on the corner, which if I'd bought it new I'd have easily put a bend in it right away. No markings or tears. It arrived at time promised. Good value buy.Published 21 days ago by Deborah S. Johnson
This was my favorite book when I was very young, and I've made it my "go-to" gift for new babies in my life. Read morePublished 29 days ago by M D.
My kid's most favorite book every. We got it from the library and finally just had to buy it for ourselves to keep at home.Published 1 month ago by Happy Mom
I bought this book at an elementary school book fair when I was in 3rd grade (about 1972?). I devoured this book repeatedly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. M. Wolf
Gorgeous book on Greek mythology. The illustrations are marvelous and the stories well written. A classic! Read morePublished 1 month ago by bridge