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Viking Tales (Yesterday's Classics) Paperback – November 17, 2005
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A teacher in Chicago at the beginning of the last century, Jennie Hall wrote a number of engaging history books for children. In addition to Viking Tales, she authored Buried Cities, Four Old Greeks, Men of Old Greece, The Story of Chicago, and Our Ancestors in Europe, An Introduction to American History.
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This excellent stand alone book presents more "tales" about actual Vikings than on the gods and the Vikings belief system. To thoroughly and fully appreciate this book, please do some Norse mythology research.
*Ever wonder how Greenland received its name? Read about Eric the Red (my favorite tale😄)
I encourage those who read this book to read the footnotes given in the story for they give additional information about the Viking culture that couldn't be fit in the story without taking it into tangents that would mire the plot in details kids would find boring. Also, read the final piece where the author gives suggestions for integrating the stories in this book into a school curriculum. Things have changed since the early part of the 20th century and yet you can see, even then, how teachers were struggling to engage students' interest in the history and geography of the world around them.
Then go watch the television series, THE VIKINGS and see how our interpretation of their lives has changed.