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


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Puffin Classics
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Puffin Classics edition (March 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141325283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141325286
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

Customer Reviews

Roger Lancelyn Green was a true expert of classic literature and ancient mythology.
D. Collier
Seriously, this is a great book if you're interested in Greek mythology - I loved it!
Mimi
Great for kids to understand written with great detail but clear and simple language.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Collier on December 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By just.a.reader on November 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mother of 4 boys on April 3, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy R. Nix on January 8, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Rhineberger on June 20, 2010
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I was expecting more of the greek myths like story form but this is still a very helpful guide to brush up on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Walker on June 12, 2009
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This books is amusing and well done! I have recommended it to many of my friends and a few family remembers who love Greek stories. This would make a great gift for anyone who loves good stories or someone who loves Greek heroes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adesh Seuraj on December 24, 2008
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Roger Lancelyn Green, has been able to paint a beautiful anthology of the Greek heros in almost perfect chronological order. The stories are lucid, and Green's enthusiasm gives the book a clear sense of direction up to The Tale of Troy Divine.
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