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Greek Myths for Young Children (Stories for Young Children) Hardcover – January 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Stories for Young Children
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Pub Ltd (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746037252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746037256
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for my 5 year old and she absolutely loves it!
Laureen Miki
The book was easy to understand, with enough pictures for interest, and pronounciation in the back for the greek names.
L. Bellinger
My only gripe is that not all the characters were drawn, mostly they were but some like Helen and Narcissus weren't.
Mary Mackay

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Katie Drueding on April 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In this charming retelling of many favorite Greek myths, Heather Amery makes the age-old tales of Persephone, Pygmalion, Ulysses, and others come to life for the young reader. These stories are beautifully illuminated and perfect for reading aloud. The print is also large enough that an early reader can tackle them himself. As a bookstore employee, I enjoy using this book for in-store storytime. I highly reccomend it!
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By L. Bellinger on September 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My two boys (7 and 10) where held captive throughout this whole book. They wanted it read to them every night until it was done. The book was easy to understand, with enough pictures for interest, and pronounciation in the back for the greek names. It put all the greek stories together in nice order. We loved it.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mary Mackay on August 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for the 6 - 10 age group. Younger kids may need some bits explained "Mummy, what's a gorgon?" And older kids will already know these popular myths and can go on to more advanced translations. The illustrations are simple and effective with a different border theme for each story. My only gripe is that not all the characters were drawn, mostly they were but some like Helen and Narcissus weren't. The language is age appropriate and the stories move along at a lively pace. Be warned Heracles and Odysseus will require three or four bedtimes to get through.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence M. Sanger on August 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It is very hard to find reasonably faithful collections of Greek myths that are accessible, appropriate, and appealing to small children. This is one of the few I've found. The stories are very engagingly told and--after I made powerpoint presentations about the various Greek gods and heroes and such--have definitely captured the attention of my 3-year-old.

The focus here is on Greek heroes and other encounters of humans with gods. There is not so much about the gods themselves, per se. The stories of Heracles (so named in the book), Odysseus, Jason, Theseus, Perseus, and Bellerophon are all here. The "rape of Persephone" and Eros and Psyche are the only god-only myths here. For this reason, Aliki's The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus (Trophy Picture Books) makes a really excellent companion, with very little overlap. In fact, I would recommend reading the latter before this book, to give it all a bit of context.

The writing, the taste with which the stories are retold for young children, and the story selection are all in this book's favor. What keeps me from giving it five stars is that, for the probable target audience, there aren't enough pictures. It looks like a big picture book, but there really aren't more than a handful of pictures per story. The pictures that there are, are pretty good--but even so there are problems, for example, when there was a perfect opportunity to draw the cyclops with one eye, the artist just showed a pair of giant feet. Anyway, if you child won't sit still for a chapter book, he probably won't sit still for this.

I had a few other small quibbles.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Maki on August 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good book which introduces the Greek Myths to the younger set. Some stories are a bit violent, but you can skip over those parts when you are reading. My 3 & 4 yr old daughters like to hear about the gods & goddesses and their magical powers.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Do you want to read some stories with monsters and heroes? Then Greek Myths by Heather Amery is the book for you.

First, the stories are exciting. In one story Belleron has to kill a fire-breathing monster that is part lion, part snake, and part goat. In another Heracles has to capure the huge wild boar. Will they succeed?

Second, it teaches what the ancent Greeks believed. "The Gift of Fire" tells how fire came into the world. "Pandora's Box" tells how bad thigs came into the world. "The Story of Arachne" tells how spiders came to be.

I woud recommend this book to anyone who likes exciting stories. You won't have trouble getting into the book, but you will have trouble getting out.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been searching for a book on Greek myths that would be simple enough for my 5-year-old, and "Greek Myths for Young Children (Stories for Young Children) fits the bill perfectly. Bound in sturdy hardcover, the book is well-written and ably adapted by author Heather Amery. There is a brief introduction about Greek myths and there are about 16 myths in all:

The Gift of Fire
Pandora's Box
Persephone and the Seasons
The Story of Arachne
The Many Tasks of Heracles
Echo and Narcissus
Daedalus and Icarus
Bellerophon and the Flying Horse
Jason and the Golden Fleece
King Midas
The Adventures of Perseus
The Chariot of the Sun
The Adventures of Odysseus
Theseus and the Minotaur
Pygmalion and his Wife
Eros and Psyche

I liked that there is a guide to pronouncing the Greek names (as found in the book)at the end. The stories are adapted with a younger target audience in mind so details found in the actual full-length myths, such as the minotaur's origins are not explored here (which is a relief!). The reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because I felt the book lacked sufficient illustrations. The illustrations are quite simple, not exquisitely detailed as found in some other books on myths, but they are colorful and beautiful. I just felt that there should have been more of them given that this is targeted towards children. Suitable for Grades K-5.
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