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No education is complete without a large slice of Greek mythology. And there's no better way of meeting that literary quota than with the D'Aulaires' book. All the great gods and goddesses of ancient Greece are depicted in this big, beautiful classic, lovingly illustrated and skillfully told. Young readers will be dazzled by mighty Zeus, lord of the universe; stirred by elegant Athena, goddess of wisdom; intimidated by powerful Hera, queen of Olympus; and chilled by moody Poseidon, ruler of the sea. These often impetuous immortals flounce and frolic, get indiscreet, and get even. From petty squabbles to heroic deeds, their actions cover the range of godly--and mortal--personalities.
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
"For any child fortunate enough to have this generous book...the kings and heroes of ancient legend will remain forever matter-of-fact; the pictures interpret the text literally and are full of detail and witty observation."
"The drawings...are excellent and excitingly evocative."--The New York Times
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My 8 year old is really enjoying this book. The stories are well-written (if somewhat brief - there's a lot of ground to cover) and the images are evocative and compelling. Read morePublished 9 months ago by PJF
A comprehensive collection of Greek mythology. Covers all the well-known and lesser-known myths with great illustrations. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nena B
This book is as entertaining and educational today as it was when it was first published. It's been a gift I've given to a good number of kids over the years, and it is always... Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2011 by R. C. Cooper
Nice illustrations. My son enjoys the classic stories and there is a lot of chronologic history of Greek gods and their offspring. A good reference and comprehensive anthologyPublished on June 18 2009 by happygarden
No need for a lot of words here, it is just excellent, and probably my favorite audio book ever. The talents of Broderick, Poiter, Newman and Turner simply inspire me. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by J. Lucio
An adult friend gave me a ripped but still good book of this
, I read it, and there was the start of my myth-mania.
These stories hold my 6-year-old spellbound, as well as the rest of the family! Consider getting the audio version, though, read by Paul Neuman, Kathleen Turner, Matthew Broderick... Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by JB
My 5th grade teacher gave this book of myths to me as a present. Ever since I read the book and saw the illustrations, I have treasured this book. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by Ornella Bijlmakers