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Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters Hardcover – October 11, 2011

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"This is the kind of rich but accessible reference work school librarians love. It’s  also likely to stimulate fact-obsessed Percy Jackson fans as well as children who have been ordered to research their school papers offline....This is a book meant to dazzle its readers — and it does."   New York Times online

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About the Author

Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children's fiction. She received her BA in mathematics in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures in 1973, both from Harvard University, then did a postdoctoral year in Linguistics at MIT. She is an award-winning author of poetry, novels, and short stories for children. A few of her award-winning children's books include Stones in Water (winner of the Golden Kite Award and the Sydney Taylor Award), Alligator Bayou (a Parents' Choice Gold book for historical fiction), Daughter of Venice (Nevada Young Readers' Award), Albert (Kentucky Bluegrass Award), and Mama Miti (Anne Izard's Storytellers' Choice Award and the Bock Book Award). Donna Jo lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Christina Balit has illustrated a number of children's books, including Atlantis and Escape from Pompeii. Before becoming a prize-winning illustrator, Ms. Balit studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. She lives in Kent, England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426308442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426308444
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.7 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The illustrations are stunning; obviously influenced by ancient Minoan and Mycenaean paintings, but with a twist of modern originality. My children (ages 7 and 9) have been fascinated by the artwork, intrigued by the hidden details (the planet symbols corresponding to the gods are cleverly included in many of the paintings) and interested in the information about the constellations (in an additional section at the back of the book). However, due to some of the sensual, derogatory and violent language, I've decided this book needs to be shelved until my children are older - if I don't remove the book all together. And I fully realize that the gods in Greek mythology are frequently immoral, selfish and vicious, and it's difficult to write with a sensitivity appropriate for children; however, Treasury of Greek Mythology treats these godly attributes with a little too much detail for my taste.

Here are a few examples:

"Life really started for Hera when she put on her gold sandals and strutted before that brother of hers, Zeus. and, oh glorious moment, he looked at her in that way of his."
"His [Ares] lips were full and peaked, and the thought of what they were capable of made goddesses tremble."
"The pompous nitwit [Zeus]." "This devilish god was worse than a billy goat ..."
"The robber Procrustes, who had two iron beds that he made his victims fit, putting short ones on the long bed and stretching them and putting tall ones on the short bed and cutting off parts .. "
"There she was again: Semele. Zeus' mouth watered. But Semele was human. He followed, intoxicated by her beauty."
"She [Aphrodite] could touch a god like a cool welcome spray on a hot afternoon or slam him like a tsunami that threatened to never let him up for air.
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This book is perfect for that 7th or 8th grade reader, someone with an advanced vocabulary and a good sense of humor, but someone who still appreciates a beautiful illustration. I think older grades are often short-changed when it comes to illustrations. Around 6th grade, poof! No more glorious pictures.

Parent note: the book employs some sexually suggestive scenes and descriptions. Nothing hard-core, but eyebrow-raising and not suitable for younger children. Parents know best when their children are ready for trendy/sexy language.

This book delivers dynamite illustrations while bridging the gap between childhood picture books and Edith Hamilton. It gets kids ready for classic literary themes that they will read time and again in their highschool literature classes and beyond.

Also in this age range, do not miss Rosemary Sutcliff's adaptations of the Iliad and the Odyssey.

Black Ships Before Troy
The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey [WANDERINGS OF ODYSSEUS -OS]

For younger children, try some of these:

The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus (Trophy Picture Books)
The McElderry Book of Greek Myths (Margaret K. McElderry Book)
D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
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Couldn't be happier. My daughter is named after Ares, so we love to read the kids greek mythology books. The love Zeus and any time it thunders they yell, "Oh, Zeus is mad". So this book was a must. I saw it a Barnes & Noble and the price was significantly lower here. The pictures are insanely good, the pictures alone are worth buying the book. The book details all the gods and goddesses' stories and the stories are just short enough for my 4 & 5 year old to follow without losing focus. I highly recommend this book for all ages. Even adults, if you love greek mythology you can't go wrong with this nice reference.
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When you get a book put out by National Geographic, you can't possibly go wrong! This book is beautifully written, beautifully illustrated - one of the best I've ever bought. A real treasure and a book to be enjoyed by the whole family.
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It was love at first site when I opened the box and the gorgious artist cover was starring back at me. I thumbed through the stories and I cant wait to share them with my son. This book will indeed deliver memories for us to look back on one day with its vivid pictures and collection of myths. Ebooks are missing the specialness this book still passes on!
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I bought this book so I could introduce my kids to Greek Mythology. It is a bit of a disappointment in the way it is written. It says it is for middle school or young adult. I would say more like mid to late elementary. For the later group it is well written and the pictures are great. For the intended group, not so much.
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I bought this book for my granddaughters for Christmas. It has gorgeous illustrations and the stories are well written - not too long, but they get the main ideas across. I would highly recommend it. It's a real book to enjoy the old fashioned way - page by page, story by story. My 8 year old granddaughter has become an expert on Greek myths!! Great on a coffee table for the whole family to enjoy.
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My 10-year-old has been very much into Greek mythology and this was a great Christmas gift for him. He reads it voluntarily (which of course makes mom happy!) and enjoys learning more about it.
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