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D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths Paperback – March 1, 1992
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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 the Hardcover edition.
"The drawings...are excellent and excitingly evocative."--The New York Times
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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.
"D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths" also gave me a great insight into a more adult world, and a curiosity, which I still carry to this day. Astronomy was no problem, as I already knew the names of things. Science also held fewer mysteries than it might have. (Hippocratic oath anyone?) My interest in Greek Myths lead to interest in Rome, which was followed by Shakespeare's Roman plays. Greek statuary lead to an interest in art, and a trip to the British Museum. Someday I hope to travel to Greece itself, and view the stomping grounds of Heracles and Belpheron.
All starting from this book. I think that is a pretty good recommendation.
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.
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I ordered this book for my son'e summer reading and we have both found it very enjoyable. Great stories with fantastic pictures.Published 2 days ago by Wendy W.
This was one of my favorite books as a child but after a few moves, I lost my copy. I found this and ordered it to share with my daughter, to teach her a bit about her Greek... Read morePublished 9 days ago by KLH
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths is an excellent survey of the great stories of Greek mythology. Though sanitized from the original myths and written for children, adults will find... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Fan of Time-Life Books
Great book my niece loved it. Very comprehensive book of the Greek Gods.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is about the human condition. It show cases lessons we all need to learn. The kids love it when I paraphrase and add lib which is the mark of all good stories.Published 1 month ago by andy williams