- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 1070L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440406943
- ISBN-13: 978-0440406945
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (664 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths Paperback – March 1, 1992
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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!
If you like Greek myths, you will love this book. If you just like stories, you will love this book.
The only inaccuracy is that to make the stories age-appropriate, many of Zeus' "adventures" are somewhat censored, but not in a major way.
This book is also a perfect birthday gift for kids 7-10 to encourage them to read.
Perhaps most interesting to me is how the stories elegantly avoid vulgarity without bowdlerizing the classic versions of the texts. Frankly, the Greek myths are highly sexual stories, and as an adult I was delighted to experience - in art and literature - more graphic versions of the tales I fell in love with as a little girl. I think the transition was easy for me because the D'Aulaires do not erase sex from these stories. They simply allude to it in such general and simple expressions that they stay true to the original spirit of the tales without ever straying into inappropriateness.