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D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths Paperback – March 1, 1992
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"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 Horn Book
“The drawings . . . are excellent and excitingly evocative.”—The New York Times
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"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."--"Horn Book.
"The drawings...are excellent and excitingly evocative."--"The New York Times.
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I read it and tossed it into my trash can.
Oh is it badly written and presented!
It goes like this: Here is a huge number of gods dumped on your head in total chaos, none of whom have one charming characteristic, not one story is worth a dang because they aren't lucid, and you really ought to be reading Bulfinch instead.
What originally struck me as so fantastic (and still does) is that the D'aulaires don't write down to their audience or edit out details important to the original myth that some parents might not approve of. The end result? An all ages storybook and mythological primer that no one should be ashamed to own.
The drawings are an acquired taste, falling somewhere between Classical pottery paintings and Art Deco, but they do grow on you. My only quibble is that there's no pronunciation guide, which can really hamper you if this is your first exposure to these stories.
Buy this for for your children or even for yourself, you will never regret it.
We still love the pictures and stories. So I hope the publisher's listening - PLEASE fix your binding.
Their Troll book and their Animal book are not similarly afflicted, and I like the art much better to boot, so I'd recommend those. Still looking for the right early read-along Greek myth book, I guess.
The writing is what it has going for it. Suppose you have a young kid who isn't especially into hyperliterate Mediterranean mythology, and you're trying to open up his/her world. Well, this might simplify things into digestible terms to the extent that s/he "gets" it and starts to expand his/her worldview. I'm speaking theoretically, because this didn't happen, in my case, but I don't know if that was so much the failing of the book as that of the kid. Aww. ;-( But seriously. I mean, wtf are these kids even into these days besides Nyancat? I don't know. The writing seemed OK. Maybe if the artistic prowess was bumped up said kid would have liked it more, but then again, maybe the fact that it wasn't in FPS POV was sufficient deterrent from enjoying the stories.