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Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice pictures. Fun stories. More for upper elementary to high school. Adults who enjoy short stories may like this as well. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon shopper
Unmitigated tripe !. A rehash and total betrayal of the beautiful Greek myths. The author seeks to infuse her interpretation and " PC values " into this pathetic offering. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ultramind
Beautiful illustrations, easy to read. Missing a few characters though.Published 1 month ago by booksmart
The illustrations in this book are phenomenal. It added a whole new dimension to our classroom.Published 1 month ago by Barbara Digby