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Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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About the Author
CHRISTINA BALIT is a graduate of the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. An award-winning dramatist and illustrator, Christina has painted more than 20 children's books, including Blodin and the Beast by Michael Morpurgo, Zoo in the Sky, The Planet Gods, The Lion Bible, National Geographic's Treasury of Greek Mythology, and National Geographic's Treasury Egyptian Mythology. Her author titles include Escape From Pompeii, Atlantis, The Legend of the Lost City, and An Arabian Home. Her plays include Woman With Upturned Skirt, The Sentence, and Needle (winner of the Brave New Role award).
Top Customer Reviews
Here are a few examples:
"Life really started for Hera when she put on her gold sandals and strutted before that brother of hers, Zeus. and, oh glorious moment, he looked at her in that way of his."
"His [Ares] lips were full and peaked, and the thought of what they were capable of made goddesses tremble."
"The pompous nitwit [Zeus]." "This devilish god was worse than a billy goat ..."
"The robber Procrustes, who had two iron beds that he made his victims fit, putting short ones on the long bed and stretching them and putting tall ones on the short bed and cutting off parts .. "
"There she was again: Semele. Zeus' mouth watered. But Semele was human. He followed, intoxicated by her beauty."
"She [Aphrodite] could touch a god like a cool welcome spray on a hot afternoon or slam him like a tsunami that threatened to never let him up for air.Read more ›
Parent note: the book employs some sexually suggestive scenes and descriptions. Nothing hard-core, but eyebrow-raising and not suitable for younger children. Parents know best when their children are ready for trendy/sexy language.
This book delivers dynamite illustrations while bridging the gap between childhood picture books and Edith Hamilton. It gets kids ready for classic literary themes that they will read time and again in their highschool literature classes and beyond.
Also in this age range, do not miss Rosemary Sutcliff's adaptations of the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Black Ships Before Troy
The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey [WANDERINGS OF ODYSSEUS -OS]
For younger children, try some of these:
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus (Trophy Picture Books)
The McElderry Book of Greek Myths (Margaret K. McElderry Book)
D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
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Great book for people just starting their interest in mythology. My daughter (11yr.) loves it! She has a fondness for mythology and is always looking up information online and in... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Shannon
A "must have" for mythology fans.Very beautiful illustrations.Published 16 days ago by Ong Chong Jep
We very much enjoyed this as an introduction to the stories of Greek gods and goddesses. It would have been nice to see some notes about the comparable Roman deities, but such... Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Turner
I bought this book for my third grade students to read aloud. It is full of beautiful myths and colorful pictures. I really love it and I am sure they will too!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a beautiful book. All the kids enjoy reading it and learning about Greek mythology.Published 2 months ago by B. Jones
My son and I are going over mythology this summer, and I bought this book specifically because of the gorgeous artwork. I'm not disappointed- the art is consistently amazing.Published 2 months ago by S. Harris