From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-This collection relies heavily on standard Greek and Roman myths, moderately covers Celtic and Scandinavian legends, and sparsely covers tales from all other parts of the world, including America. The subtitle aptly describes the content. The stories are simplified to the point of dullness for the most part, and, in an attempt to provide continuity, the authors devote a paragraph at the beginning of each story to set the scene. This device is annoying if the selections are read in sequence. The writing lacks a storytelling flair and is fairly matter-of-fact. These retellings will not engender a love of myths on their own, but may be used by teachers and media specialists as a general introduction to the topic. For tales retold in a livelier style, send students to the D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (Doubleday, 1962) or for a world view to Geraldine McCaughrean's The Golden Hoard (McElderry, 1996).Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day School Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI
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Completing the Read-Aloud series are: One-Hundred-and-One African-American Read-Aloud stories
: featuring the best African-American short stories selected for their rich histories, spiritual writings, and adventurous characters; One-Hundred-and-One Read-Aloud Bible Stories
: Young children can experience the great pleasures and wonders of the Bible, with these faithful adaptations of the Old and New Testament now told in modern prose; Read-Aloud Poems for Young People
: More than 300 poems by such masters as Maya Angelou, Robert Frost and Dr. Seuss designed to be shared by parents and children; One-Hundred-and-One Read-Aloud Classics
: These ten-minute read-aloud selections introduce young listeners to the magic of story-telling, with short selections from Charlotte's Web, The Little Prince, Harriet the Spy, and other classics; One-Hundred-and-One More Read-Aloud Classics
: continue to share these volumes before bed or whenever parents and children want to spend time together. Includes excerpts from Arabian Nights, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chronicles of Narnia and many other childhood favorites.