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The McElderry Book of Greek Myths (Margaret K. McElderry Book) Hardcover – February 5, 2008
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and the Hanukkah Goblins, a Caldecott Honor Book illustrated by Trina Schart
Hyman. He was once a storyteller, and he loves classic tales. For more information
visit Eric's website at www.ericakimmel.com.
Pep Monserrat has illustrated picture book versions of such classics as The
Musicians of Bremen and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. He is delighted
to have this opportunity to portray the archetypal heroes and heroines of ancient
Greece. For more information visit Pep's website at www.pepmonserrat.com
Top Customer Reviews
I think I may have stared for the longest amount of time not at any one picture in this gorgeously illustrated book, but at the copyright page instead. According to the publication page, "The illustrations for this book are rendered electronically." Hmmm. Nope, I don't know what that means. How do you define "rendered"? If these pictures were truly created entirely on a computer then color me very much amazed. Truly illustrator/artist Pep Montserrat has outdone himself with some of these images. The endpapers call to mind the black and red figure painting techniques found on ancient Greek vases. You can almost see the brush strokes on some of these images. Many look as if they were painted on top of wood.Read more ›
-For the artwork.
-Those wanting to provide a captivating introduction to the Greek Myths.
-Greek Myths aside, to those who are looking for a just fabulous story book to share with their kids! What I am saying is that this is such a piece of art in itself, that even those who aren't particularly looking for Greek Mythology, will still find much to love about this book.
I love reading to my children myths, of all sorts, and also differing versions of the same myths, for each one has something unique to offer, and together they offer a patchwork of humanity. This retelling is delightful, captivating, vivid, and expresses all the humanity and emotion that are the heart of these myths.
It is worth buying for the artwork alone... the type of illustrations that you just want to sit and look at over and over again! My 6 and 4 year old were captivated by them. The textures that are used to make up the images made my son and I look closer to try to figure out how the pictures were made.
This is the book for you if you want something that really brings the stories to life, and leaves you feeling like you shared a rich experience with your children... one that invites you to think, feel, and want to revel in the stories again. The stories are clear and understandable to the young, flow from one story to the next in a way that helps you recognize the relationship of the different characters in different stories to each other, and is just plain fun to read. My 6 year old didn't want me to stop, and had me read it to him cover to cover. The stories stayed with him and later while playing the spontaneous comment "I don't want to be greedy," emerged from his musings over the stories.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the myths are told a bit more gently then the originals, but it's not too disneyfied either. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rachel
Amazing book, my daughter knows this book by heart. And the illustrations are the best. Really brings you into the storyPublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a nice introduction for young children to the Greek Myths. Illustrations are colorful and hold attention. Stories are not too long. But it is nothing terrific. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Neem
The book is well arranged and easy to read with enough stories and relevant illustrations to keep a six year old's interest.Published on January 15, 2014 by William G
This book has an organized layout. The myths are detailed enough to be fascinating with out dragging on for elementary age students. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Teacher & Mom
Nice if you don't want to get into the nitty gritty of mythology. For instance, the abduction of Persephone was due to Hades being "in love" with her and after time she... Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by To the Point
The illustrations in this book are magnificent. The book is an oversized illustrated book, and the pictures are fascinating.
Eric A. Read more