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D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths Hardcover – September 19, 1962
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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
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book of greek myths. It was one of my favorite books as a kid, and one of my children's favorite books as well. The pictures are gorgeous.Published 4 days ago by TimmTamm
Beautiful book. I had bought it for my son in 1972 who has kept it all this time as a treasure. This time I bought it for my grandson's 8th birthday. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Carmen
I got this amazing book from my good friend Kylie who gives me a new Greek myths book every birthday. Read morePublished 27 days ago by W. Jeon
I ordered this book for my son'e summer reading and we have both found it very enjoyable. Great stories with fantastic pictures.Published 29 days ago by Wendy W.