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Child's Introduction to Greek Mythology: The Stories of the Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Monsters, and Other Mythical Creatures Hardcover – May 4, 2011

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About the Author

Heather Alexander has written numerous books for children and young adults including previous titles in this series, A Child's Introduction to the World and A Child's Introduction to Greek Mythology. She is a former children's book editor and lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Meredith Hamilton graduated from Brown University and has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Formerly an art director at Newsweek and Time, she illustrated the previous six books in the Child's Introduction series, among other books, and her work can be found in magazines and animations as well. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and three children.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Child's Introduction to
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal; Har/Pstr edition (May 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157912867X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128678
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My six and eight year old love this book. Some of the stories required some funny comments for explanation. (Zeus really thought he was a player, and no wonder Hera, his wife, was so mad. He should have known that a husband is supposed to only have ONE wife. He sure is Silly!) They both begged for it every night. Now that we are done with it - except for two pages that are just facts and not stories - they want a new one. I checked out a popular Mythology book from the library, but it is not holding their interest.
The illustrations are great and engaging. It is a great introductory mythology book.
My son is a little advanced for a boy his age when it comes to sitting and listening, but not by much. My recommended age would be for 7 years and up - but every child is unique. Some people may be uncomfortable with some of the stories - Zeus is notoriously unfaithful, he sends Prometheus to a rock to get his liver eaten out everyday for eternity, Medusa, Cyclopes... My kids ate it up. I knew what I was getting into - it is Greek Mythology - but just know there are some stories that may make you squirm a little depending on the age of your children.

Overall - I highly rate this book.
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This is one of the best books I have seen for children about the Greek myths. I teach third graders and can't wait to share this book with them. The illustrations are very appealing and the detail given about each story is wonderful.
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By Kimberly on February 21, 2013
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I am using this book to introduce Greek Mythology to my 9th grade English classes. The language is easy to understand, the pictures provide a better visual than most Google images, and the poster of the family tree helps the students make connections between gods/goddesses. This book is excellent for children as well as anyone interested in learning about the basics of Greek mythology. I highly recommend it.
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Ordered so many books about Greek Mythology and this was by far the best.
So well written and easily digestible for a group of 6-7 year olds.
Also loved that it included a poster/family tree, stickers, and tattoos. So masterfully done.
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My just-turned-eight year old daughter loves it, it's a great overview and comes with some cute tattoos of major characters. The illustrations are well done and there is a pronunciation guide in the back for all those of us who stumble over the names. It's really gotten her interested in the topic, and about how ancient greek names are the root words for a lot of other things in the English language today.
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And our new Common Core Curriculum has a unit of "heroes and Greek Mythology" that (sadly) is way way way over the heads of my kids. We did some of the actual text (rigor, rigor!), but the kids were sleeping.

Enter this incredible picture book version I bought last year on Amazon. It really covers the bases without ALL the details, but what's important for my students is that are ARE details, and they match what I've taught them. Even Hercules is a two or three page version in language that doesn't startle those who shun words they don't know.

I would strongly suggest this for low level readers, and ELL. Just the pages that describe the Olympian gods are worth their weight in gold!
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My grandsons 4 and 7 asks lots of questions and love the book and the stories. The 7 year old whispered into the phone, "there are naked people in the book" big secret for a 7 year old boy. He thanked me very much before he told me the secret. I hope they learn to love Greek Mythology as much as I do.
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I bought this book for my seven year old grandson and he loved it! There is plenty of information for the older student, but there are also stories that hold everyone's attention! Aside from the content, it is a beautiful book, hard cover with sturdy pages. It is a great book to pick up and read anytime, a fact book for many of the gods and a story book!
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