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Book of Greek Myths Hardcover – 1962
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No education is complete without a large slice of Greek mythology. And there's no better way of meeting that literary quota than with the D'Aulaires' book. All the great gods and goddesses of ancient Greece are depicted in this big, beautiful classic, lovingly illustrated and skillfully told. Young readers will be dazzled by mighty Zeus, lord of the universe; stirred by elegant Athena, goddess of wisdom; intimidated by powerful Hera, queen of Olympus; and chilled by moody Poseidon, ruler of the sea. These often impetuous immortals flounce and frolic, get indiscreet, and get even. From petty squabbles to heroic deeds, their actions cover the range of godly--and mortal--personalities.
The D'Aulaires' illustrations have a memorable quality: once pored over, they will never leave the minds of the viewer. Decades later, the name Gaea will still evoke the soft green picture of lovely Mother Earth, her body hills and valleys and her eyes blue lakes reflecting the stars of her husband, Uranus the sky. No child is too young to appreciate the myths that have built the foundation for much of the world's art and literature over the centuries. This introduction to mythology is a treasure. (Ages 10 to adult) --Emilie Coulter
"For any child fortunate enough to have this generous book...the kings and heroes of ancient legend will remain forever matter-of-fact; the pictures interpret the text literally and are full of detail and witty observation."
"The drawings...are excellent and excitingly evocative."--The New York Times
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I just think it's an interesting subject and this is one of the best books I've found regarding Greek myth. Might be better for an older child, maybe 8 or 9, but it's a straightforward read and wonderfully illustrated.
Highly recommend and happy with the price, as I've had trouble finding it elsewhere. It arrived quickly and in perfect condition!
This book is also a perfect birthday gift for kids 7-10 to encourage them to read. I am now getting multiple copies to hand out as birthday gifts.
The Greek myths are integral to so much literature and films - children need a good foundation for future reading and this book gives that.
I recommend this book without reservation.
The book is well written, has a large format with many stories. It is nicely decorated, and, in my opinion, it is absolutely worth the price.