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D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths Paperback – Illustrated, March 1, 1992
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- Lexile measure : 1070L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 1.66 pounds
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780440406945
- ISBN-13 : 978-0440406945
- Dimensions : 8.94 x 0.65 x 12.25 inches
- Publisher : Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (March 1, 1992)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- ASIN : 0440406943
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No, what I find terribly sexist and misogynist is the judgements the authors make about women and how the women are described. All the queens and princesses are beautiful. Artemis, who kills a mortal for looking at her naked is a "cold and pitiless goddess". A nymph who refuses Apollo's advances is judged as having made a poor choice, as all the other nymphs were more than happy to be his "bride".
There is no reason for these uncomfortable statements about women and their refusal to be raped (yes, even by Greek gods). It does nothing for the accuracy of the myth. It is clearly the authors' judgements and rape-culture attitude showing through.
I have to believe that there is a way to introduce Greek myth, even accepting rape, without demeaning and vilifying the women who refuse to be treated as chattel or sex objects by gods and heroes.
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.
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The illustrations are beautiful and evocative. The language is well graded for children but not too simplified; some books gloss over the nuance of the myths.
I'd forgotten about this book until I read Neal Stephenson's 'Fall' and it brought back all my memories about the book. I've bought this copy for my son, who is still a bit young to read it on his own, but I look forward to reading it to him at night.