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The Mythology Handbook: A Course in Ancient Greek Myths Hardcover


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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1080L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First American Edition edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763642916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763642914
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 6 Up—This follow-up to Mythology (Candlewick, 2007) again uses the voice of a fictional 19th-century scholar. Here, Lady Hestia Evans offers a guide to elements of Greek myth for her two children, providing information in "lessons" (e.g., "Life on Olympus" or "Religion in Ancient Greece") with exercises based on each topic. Some of the activities encourage students to do further research (look up Hesiod's "Heroic Age"), while others suggest that they draw new monsters, write hymns with the Muses' help, or design a new pentathlon for the Olympics. Mazes and a word search (using Greek letters) are also included. Unlike its predecessor, The Mythology Handbook does not have many pull-out parts, but a selection of stickers that will not circulate well is appended along with a small envelope containing a letter with a message written in Greek for youngsters to decode. More ambitious readers may have already picked up Edith Hamilton's Mythology, which offers far more in-depth versions of the selections touched on here. However, the activities are engaging, and the illustrations of creatures and maps of the ancient world will add to the knowledge of even more experienced myth fans. This is a worthwhile addition to libraries where the "ology" books circulate well, and for classrooms seeking activities to tie into mythology units.—Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on June 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Maybe you've heard of Zeus and Hera, or perhaps you know them by their Roman names, Jupiter and Juno. But did you know that the king and queen of the gods were not the first beings, at least according to the ancient Greeks? First came the Titans...or was it that Time laid an egg that became the earth? There are actually a few common myths the Greeks told that explained creation. This guidebook, written by a 19th-century explorer for her children, will tell you both of those stories.

THE MYTHOLOGY HANDBOOK is divided into three sections. The first, "The Immortals," details the most important figures in ancient Greek mythology. There were, of course, the gods that lived on Mount Olympus. These gods, which included Zeus, Hera and Hermes, pretty much took care of everything for the people living on earth. Ancient Greeks could pray or sacrifice to a certain god that was especially adept at dealing with certain things, from weather to farming.

The first section of the handbook also gives quick, useful summaries of some of the most important non-gods and the stories about them. There's the story of Persephone, who accidentally became the Queen of the Dead. Her mother, Demeter, was so sad that Persephone had to live in the Underworld that she went to Zeus for help. Zeus decided that Persephone had to live there only four months out of the year, and the rest of the time she could leave. This is why there are four sad, harsh winter months in which Demeter mourns her daughter's absence, and earth becomes cold and unwelcoming to plants and flowers.

The next section, "Gods and Men," describes more essential stories of Greek mythology. If you ever thought you might want your own winged horse, think again --- there was only one man who was able to tame and ride Pegasus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blaze68 on January 4, 2011
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This was such a hit at Christmas! My little guy took time out from new legos and remote control toys to read this book. Now he brings it to school everyday to share stories with his friends
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 28, 2011
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There are many interesting facts found throughout this book about the Greek gods, ancient Greece, Mount Olympus, and the religion in Greece during ancient times. The book was well written, but I would have liked to read a little bit more about thee Gods of ancient Greece. However, I did enjoy how the author put in little peices of information about the ancient Greek's everyday lives and religion. It was interesting to compare how two people were so different then from how people are now. Overall, this book was enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill Newton on December 31, 2012
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My ten year old boy likes this book because it names all the greek gods. He likes the pictures but is not the best book he ever read. It wasn't written to capture a boy's interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Beck on June 5, 2012
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This book has great stories and even better illustrations. It's educational and best of all, not biased for or against Greek mythology. It gives a great basis for kids to reference when they hear about gods and heroes in books or movies. All in all, this is a great book to add to your kid's collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mei lin on April 4, 2011
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As with the rest of the oologies, excellent quality, the story of the book itself, fascinating!!! my tween loves it!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Capn on November 19, 2010
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Very nice book, extremely detailed and full of enriching information. However, remember there are many different variations of each of these and may not be the same as the one you grew up with. I love the packet of stickers at the end!
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By Sherri Krieger on November 5, 2013
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This is first book, ever, to get my 10 year old hooked and interested in detail. She is a big reader, but really read this and shared it. She got her friend interested and was introduced to it by another young reader!!
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