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D'Aulaire's Norse Gods & Giants Paperback – August 19, 1986


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From Publishers Weekly

The Caldecott Medalwinning team of Abraham Lincoln and D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths has compiled in one illustrated volume stories about the gods and heroes of the Norse people.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ancient myths, populated by gods and giants, were invented by the imaginative Norsemen centuries ago. Everything from the creation of the world to daily events and supernatural occurrences form the basis for these incredible, fun and fascinating stories. Complete with a Reader's Companion: a combination index, glossary, pronunciation and reader's guide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers (August 19, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385236921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385236928
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I remember this book from way back in the day.
Bilbo Baggins
I really wish they would reprint this book so I could buy it for my son who loves Norse mythology ( thanks to me his mom).
Marianne Mcparland
The book crackles with magic, action, and amazing worlds.
Jeffrey Leach

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on July 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
When I was in grade school, so many years ago, a friend of mine turned me on to this amazing book. This book became my raison d'etre during those years. I checked it out of the library so many times that the librarian would come looking for me when someone else wanted to borrow it. I can still remember that copy of the book: the clear plastic cover over the dust jacket with a tear along the bottom right corner. When I moved on into junior high, once in awhile I would think of this book and wonder if it still resided in its usual position on the bookshelf. Even after I graduated from high school and began my life, I continued to wonder if this book was still in the library of my old elementary school. True, I thought about the book less and less as the years went by, but I still remembered it fondly when I thought of it. Then one night, while skating along the Internet, I thought of the book and decided to see if I could locate a copy. I frowned when I discovered it was out of print, but continued my search, becoming feverish as each avenue of inquiry turned up naught.
Then finally, success! I found a copy, available for an astronomical sum. I shelled out the dough and waited for its arrival. I was not disappointed. The book was just as I remembered it: an oversized hard cover copy with the familiar, although faded, dust jacket. Ultimately, the price I paid for the book really didn't matter. Who can put a price on the memories of childhood? I would have paid double what I coughed up for this precious book. What disappointed me was discovering that it was out of print. That is a crime I hope is soon remedied.
D'Aulaire's "Norse Gods and Giants" is an excellent book for a child. It is a simplified retelling of the stories and adventures of the Norse pantheon.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. W. Ohlson on July 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
Like so many other readers, I remember this as the first book I ever read in school. The Norse gods were nothing like their immortal counterparts in Greek and Roman mythology--they were true heros who knew their days were numbered, yet fought valiantly against malevolent forces until the bitter end. The D'Aulaires spin these heroic myths into abridged tales that will certainly enthrall any youngster and leave them asking for more. I attribute, almost exclusively, my lifelong love of reading to this book. In fact, some years back I was able to purchase a copy of the book, which had been autographed by the authors. I paid a sizeable sum, but now proudly display the copy on my bookshelf for all to see. I guess the only downside is that I cherish the book so much, I don't let my own children look at it without me being present!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A gamer dad in Virginia on March 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
It being reprinted! Its being reprinted at last, and in hard cover!!!!!

It is being retitled "D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths" and can now be pre-ordered from Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Jones on December 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Like so many folks, I had a copy of this book as a child and it always fascinated me, mostly because of the beautiful and unusual art. The stories puzzled me, being raised in the modern Christian and scientific tradition, and I found them strange as a child. But as I grew into a greater and more open minded appreciation of my Norwegian heritage, I decided to re-read them as a way of sampling some fond memories from my childhood. Reading the book anew and enjoying the artwork all the more, I realized they were a most wonderful introduction to an ancient worldview of a people who lived in a very harsh climate. All the forces of nature that can make us feel so small, a raging sea, an avalanche, a vast and beautiful forest, the towering peaks of an awsome fjord, have been personified in the old Norse pantheon. It is fascinating still to read of the explanations this culture offered for the harsh forces of nature in their worldly experience. The worldview of the ancient Norse is presented in this book so clearly and so accesibly, it is a wonder and a treasure to read. I sure do wish I could share it with my children. I am sorry their youth is passing and this book is not in a reprinted version. It is unfortunate that the book about the Greek Gods and Heroes by the same author can be reprinted but this one cannot. It is a shame that such an important contribution to the traditions of Europe and America, in the form of these tales in this wonderful book, is being neglected. I hope it will be reprinted one day so that I can enjoy this book again and share it with those I love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah D. Primrose on April 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Wow ~ I always knew this was an amazing book...it was read & re-read by myself & my siblings for many, many years until I believe the copy we owned literally fell apart! When a friend of mine was clearing out her old children's books & gave them to my then-young son about 10 years ago, I was so pleased to see that "Norse Gods & Giants" was among one of the many dusty, gently worn books in the bunch. I am not sure who has enjoyed this book more -my son, my husband or myself! The vivid, dramatic illustrations really make the stories come to life! I thought of buying a copy as a gift for my young niece, but see that it is out of print & the prices for used copies seem astronomical....! I don't know that I could bare to part with the copy my friend gave us a decade ago --especially since I realize now that it is a first edition handcover copy published in 1967 --! It's a wonderful treasure of a book that will entise & excite the imagination of young & old. I hope it will be put back into print so it can become available again at a reasonable price.
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