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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (December 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590480472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590480475
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this stunning volume, Osborne and Howell return from Favorite Greek Myths and Mermaid Tales from Around the World to uncover a cache of tales from another dynamic tradition. Originating from the pre-Christian culture of the Vikings, these 14 legends taken from the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda largely revolve around the incessant squabbling among the energetic Norse gods and goddesses and the ominous frost-giants. Dwarves, dark elves and magical animals also play key roles, while plots feature clever disguises, spells and crafty ploys, many masterminded by this collection's liveliest character, the trickster god Loki. An abundance of well-pitched dialogue makes these potentially dense tales admirably accessible to the target audience. Howell's majestic art, rendered on rag board in acrylics with oil washes, conveys an impressive range of moods as it echoes the stories' key themes, among them the sometimes nebulous nature of good and evil, the effects of the gods' actions on the natural world and the rebirth of life after an apocalyptic confrontation between the deities and their foes marks the end of "time's morning." Subtle line drawings, re-creations of primitive Viking art, scratched onto the surface of each commanding, double-page painting enrich the historical patina. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6?An eye-catching, well-told collection of Norse myths by the team who created Favorite Greek Myths (Scholastic, 1989). In her introduction, Osborne says that her intention in retelling these myths was to "present the stories as simply and clearly as possible, without sacrificing their mythic tone." She certainly accomplishes her goal, for the 14 stories included here all possess a straightforward narrative but never lose sight of their power and magic. Among the myths included are "How Thor Got His Hammer," "The Golden Apples," and "The Death of Balder." Howell's illustrations are an ideal companion to the tales. Using a combination of acrylic and oil paints, the artist creates powerful and memorable images of the gods, goddesses, and giants who populate Norse mythology. While there are other excellent volumes on this topic, Padraic Colum's classic The Children of Odin (Macmillan, 1962) and Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire's Norse Gods and Giants (Doubleday, 1967; o.p.) among them, Osborne and Howell's title is both accessible and entertaining.?Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, Normal
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

ABOUT MAGIC TREE HOUSE®:
Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 120 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 32 different languages in over 30 international markets. There are currently 51 Magic Tree House books and 28 Fact Trackers, the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as ebooks and Listening Library audio books, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. Visit www.MagicTreeHouse.com for more information about the series, activities, and more.

The Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program is a free, comprehensive set of online educational resources for teachers developed by Mary Pope Osborne as gift to teachers, to thank them for their enthusiastic support of the series. Complete with lesson plans, curriculum guides, and creative activities, the Classroom Adventures Program incorporates every book in the series, including the nonfiction Fact Tracker titles, enabling teachers to build upon students' interest in Jack and Annie's adventures, while simultaneously meeting core curriculum standards across a multitude of subjects. Educators can learn more at http://mthclassroomadventures.org/.

MARY POPE OSBORNE is an ardent advocate and supporter of children's literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993-1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country's leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children's literacy. She recently spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams for her continued efforts. Mary has donated over 250,000 books to children in need through her Gift of Books program. She resides in Connecticut. The creator of the Magic Tree House series, Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with her husband, WILL OSBORNE, and her sister, NATALIE POPE BOYCE.

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I bought the book for my son.
JohannS
Middle school or high school kids enjoy this stuff and its a great way to get them to read.
Randall J. Sexton
This is an excellent book about Norse myths for children.
Harper Curtis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1997
Format: Hardcover
As an advocate for pure mythology, I am pleased to say that this book is an excellent piece of historical literature. Many stories tend to stray away or add to the original writings of myths, but not this one. It goes without saying that the authors of this book did their homework and researched the actual tales. The art is magnificant, and really adds to the quality of the work. If you have children who are tired of the repeated Greek Classics, then I highly recommend this twist on the myths. I think they will appreaciate the change. Remember, this is not some watered down piece of work, this is as close, in chidren's books, to the true nature of Norse Myth as you will find. An excellent piece of work
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
Favorite Norse Myths is all about stories Norse men believed. There are 14 different stories about gods, giants, and sea serpents. The book was interesting because Norse men actually believed in these stories. It was awesome the way the author told about the myths. I love the part of the nine worlds. This is the best book I ever read. I recommend other students read it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Mary Pope Osborne is the author of the Magic Tree House series of kids books. She tells a good story.
I learned next to nothing about Norse myths when I was a kid. My Swedish American husband checked this book out of the library to read to our 5 y.o. daughter. It was over her head then (7 y.o. is probably more appropriate), but hubby and I really enjoyed it. We've checked it out numerous times since, and probably should just buy it already! It's a fun referrence book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 1, 2005
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
I highly recommend this book for people of all ages.

It has a pronunciation key, (As each name sounds type), in the back of the book as one of its attributes.

The biggest joy is that the authoress takes the Norse myths, which I have always found to be a perplexing bunch of near madness, and renders it all readable. This could not have been easy. Even readable and with clear stories a person can follow there's no doubt that Norse myths are difficult to feel an affinity towards.

It is a pure positive "can do" experience. The names can be pronounced, the myths followed, and thus a person can clue in.

I am not going any further with the theme of Norse myths. I only have this book and I am sticking to this book.

The artwork by Troy Powell is great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Johnson on September 25, 2009
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This is a great telling of Norse Myths which can be enjoyed by all age levels. Also love the handy glossary and pronunciation key. A great buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harper Curtis on June 11, 2011
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This is an excellent book about Norse myths for children. If we were only to get one book it would be D'Aulaire's book of Norse Myths. However, Mary Pope Osborne's book is a nice complement to D'Aulaire's. The illustrations are very different and the stories are told somewhat more simply. We love Mary Pope Osborne and are happy to have this book.
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