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Tales of the Greek Heroes (Puffin Classics) Paperback – March 5, 2009

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The Puffin Classic series is the perfect way of reading the old and the new - and loving both Lovereading4Kids --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Roger Lancelyn Green was born in 1918 and lived in Oxford and at his family home in Cheshire, which the Greens had owned for more than 900 years. He loved storytelling and was fascinated by traditional fairy tales, myths and legends from around the world. He was a professional actor, a librarian and a teacher. His retellings include Egyptian, Greek and Norse legends, plus a retelling of Robin Hood. He also wrote many books for adults, including a biography of his friend C. S. Lewis, creator of the The Chronicles of Narnia. Roger Lancelyn Green died in 1987. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1190 (What's this?)
  • Series: Puffin Classics (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Puffin Classics edition (March 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141325283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141325286
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roger Lancelyn Green was a true expert of classic literature and ancient mythology. Green was also good friends with C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Lewis's stepson Douglas Gresham (who recently co-produced the Disney production of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE). So, Roger Lancelyn Green ran in literary circles.

Furthermore, Roger Lancelyn Green thoroughly studied all the ancient mythologies from around the world. He knew them inside and out. But unlike most other like-minded scholars, Green chose to bring these stories home for children. Such he has done with Norse mythology, Egyptian mythology, Robin Hood, Arthurian legend, and of course, Greek mythology.

Green's book TALES OF THE GREEK HEROES is nothing short of exciting and fun to read. It's simple enough that a child can understand it and complex enough that an adult reader will not be bored by it. In it are such exciting stories as the adventures of Perseus the Gorgon-slayer (also depicted in the 1981 film CLASH OF THE TITANS) and all the labors of Hercules (or Heracles). The book concludes with the fall of Troy, which gives way to Green's two follow-up books THE TALE OF TROY and THE LUCK OF TROY.

I also highly recommend Roger Lancelyn Green's KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE.
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Groger Lancelyn Green retells the stories of the ancient Greek Heroes in a way that lends detail and continuity to those stories we have all heard. I had several "oh...that is how it hooks together" moments while reading.

The actual reading level is probably appropriate for a 5th-6th grader, but the style and story-telling will grasp the attention of an older reader. This book would also be a fabulous "read-aloud" for a younger audience with interest in the Greek Heroes.

Roger Green is obviously passionate about this subject and his passion shines through and grabs the reader. This is one the better books I have ever read about the ancient Greek heroes.
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My 10 year old boy can't get enough of Greek mythology. He's read all the Percy Jackson books and has organized a Greek God game at recess. This is just up his alley! He read it over a weekend (when he's not even required to read for school). Loved it! Now the 8 year old is reading it too.
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My daughter fell in love with the Percy Jackson series a while back and she has been obsessed with Greek Mythology ever since.She has the D'aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, as well, but when I saw this one as part of the Puffin Classics series, I bought this one to see if it had any new stories in it. The illustrations are few but fantastic, and it is a great book for an older set of children. The D'aulaires is good for kids from kindergarten up, but this one requires a more sophisticated reader. If you have a child who reads at or around a 3rd grade level with confidence, they can likely handle this book.

My 9 year-old daughter read it cover to cover and loved every page.
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A Kid's Review on June 16, 2005
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I reaky enjoyed this book because they have all the best myths and stories. Also it has some myths that i dident even know existed like the gods vs. the giants. Over all I realy loved this book.
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I have long been a fan of the Greek Myths every since Jr. High. With "Percy Jackson" books giving these Myths a new spin, this is a great book to get acquainted with the origins of the plot elements found in Rick Riordan's great books.

you will discover so many of the items such as "The Golden Fleece," and run in to many of the many of the monsters, "Medusa," "The Minotaur," as well as see the parallel adventures found in the "Percy Jackson" books. These stories are far from boring and reading the original myths will give you a greater appreciation for why the modern versions by Rioran are so engaging.

If you've read up to the "Son of Neptune" you will see a familiar piece of wood that when burned will end a heroes life. Such are the benefits found by reading this book. You will also read about the greatest Hero of all and his many labors. A must read.
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Great contrast for comparison studies on the different Greek tales. This was bought as a companion for several other books purchased on mythology. I used it for my children's mythology and legends course study. The kids never balked at their reading assignment and they enjoyed the multitude of information that it covered.
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Roger Lancelyn Green had a great idea in creating a meta-world where all of the great Greek heroes interact as contemporaries. This idea works because the ancient Greeks saw their heroes as living in an organic "Heroic Age". It is a compelling idea but it is poorly executed. This book fails because Lancelyn Green must jam in all of the heroes and their many adventures into a short children's book. Jason, Perseus, Theseus and Heracles deserve their own books in which their many adventures can be properly told. These ancient stories are foundational texts for Western Literature. It is a real diservice to young children for all these stories to be bundled into a truncated text.
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