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"This is the kind of rich but accessible reference work school librarians love. It’s  also likely to stimulate fact-obsessed Percy Jackson fans as well as children who have been ordered to research their school papers offline....This is a book meant to dazzle its readers — and it does."   New York Times online

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About the Author

DONNA JO NAPOLI is professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College, mother of five, grandmother of five, and the author of more than 80 books for children and young adults. While her undergraduate major was mathematics and her graduate work was in linguistics, she has a profound love of mythology, folklore, and fairy tales. 


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).
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; Reinforced Library ed. edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426308442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426308444
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ashley Valadez on March 22, 2012
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Couldn't be happier. My daughter is named after Ares, so we love to read the kids greek mythology books. The love Zeus and any time it thunders they yell, "Oh, Zeus is mad". So this book was a must. I saw it a Barnes & Noble and the price was significantly lower here. The pictures are insanely good, the pictures alone are worth buying the book. The book details all the gods and goddesses' stories and the stories are just short enough for my 4 & 5 year old to follow without losing focus. I highly recommend this book for all ages. Even adults, if you love greek mythology you can't go wrong with this nice reference.
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The illustrations are stunning; obviously influenced by ancient Minoan and Mycenaean paintings, but with a twist of modern originality. My children (ages 7 and 9) have been fascinated by the artwork, intrigued by the hidden details (the planet symbols corresponding to the gods are cleverly included in many of the paintings) and interested in the information about the constellations (in an additional section at the back of the book). However, due to some of the sensual, derogatory and violent language, I've decided this book needs to be shelved until my children are older - if I don't remove the book all together. And I fully realize that the gods in Greek mythology are frequently immoral, selfish and vicious, and it's difficult to write with a sensitivity appropriate for children; however, Treasury of Greek Mythology treats these godly attributes with a little too much detail for my taste.

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.
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This book is perfect for that 7th or 8th grade reader, someone with an advanced vocabulary and a good sense of humor, but someone who still appreciates a beautiful illustration. I think older grades are often short-changed when it comes to illustrations. Around 6th grade, poof! No more glorious pictures.

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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When you get a book put out by National Geographic, you can't possibly go wrong! This book is beautifully written, beautifully illustrated - one of the best I've ever bought. A real treasure and a book to be enjoyed by the whole family.
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It was love at first site when I opened the box and the gorgious artist cover was starring back at me. I thumbed through the stories and I cant wait to share them with my son. This book will indeed deliver memories for us to look back on one day with its vivid pictures and collection of myths. Ebooks are missing the specialness this book still passes on!
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I bought this book for my granddaughters for Christmas. It has gorgeous illustrations and the stories are well written - not too long, but they get the main ideas across. I would highly recommend it. It's a real book to enjoy the old fashioned way - page by page, story by story. My 8 year old granddaughter has become an expert on Greek myths!! Great on a coffee table for the whole family to enjoy.
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I bought this book so I could introduce my kids to Greek Mythology. It is a bit of a disappointment in the way it is written. It says it is for middle school or young adult. I would say more like mid to late elementary. For the later group it is well written and the pictures are great. For the intended group, not so much.
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My daughter is very into all Rick Riordan books. She asked for this book specifically and I'm happy I ordered it. The quality of the pages, color, and binding is very good. The stories are very readable; not encyclopedic, but not silly or too short.
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