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D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths [Hardcover]

Ingri d'Aulaire , Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
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Sept. 19 1962
"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."--Horn  Book.

"The drawings...are excellent  and excitingly evocative."--The New  York Times.

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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."
--Horn Book.

"The drawings...are excellent and excitingly evocative."--The New York Times

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IN OLDEN TIMES, when men still worshiped ugly idols, there lived in the land of Greece a folk of shepherds and herdsmen who cherished light and beauty. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book May 5 2009
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This is a fantastic book that I loved reading as a child, and now get the chance to introduce it to my children. It is written perfectly for young children, and the stories are a good mix of happy and sad, love and violence. I would quibble that some of these stories are a little biased by the D'Aulaire's interpretations, but they are generally quite good. The stories are written in language easy enough for most 8-12 year olds (and precocious 6-8's), and the illustrations are gorgeous and unique. Certainly for introducing young children to Greek Mythology, it would be hard to find a better book.

If you read this book and liked it, I'd also recommend the D'Aulaires Book of Norse Mythology. The Norse pantheon are just as interesting, somewhat similar, but also very different, from the Greek pantheon. Both books make great reading for children and make learning about classic beliefs fun and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obliged to Read! May 18 2004
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. For a long time I then kept it safely locked in my cupboard. I never actually had time to look back again at the magnificent drawings and pictures. Now that I am in 8th grade though, I thought I might as well read the inspiring stories all over again and again I enjoyed it tremendously.
For me, it is one of the most remarkable books ever written. It is not only enjoyable but a good learning experience as well. I have learned so much from reading just these few stories that I now know more about Greek mythology than my grandfather does.
This book is almost like an encyclopedia only meant for myths and legends. I recommend this book for adolescents as well as adults. Children will be able to understand the stories very clearly once they get a hold of this book. In my opinion, the illustrations in this book were so vivid you could almost understand the stories without any text.
In conclusion, I truly believe that D'Aulaire's Greek Book of Myths is one of greatest books ever written and illustrated. As the years go by, I will return to this book once again and read it all over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, easy -to-read stories! June 14 2002
By A Customer
The first time my Mom told me to read this book I didn't really want to,but after I read the first paragraph,I couldn't stop!! I recommend it for all ages. I am homeschooled, and we use this book for Greek and Roman history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedic Jan. 26 2002
By J. Mack
This book is oversized and has 192 pages. It is fairly comprehensive of the major and lesser figures in Greek mythology. It includes timeless stories about these beings. Because of the tremendous influence that Ancient Greek culture has had on western civilization, to this day, this volume is undoubtedly useful--a treasure.
I disagree with the comments on the art by other reviewers. Some of the art is truly wonderful, but other illustrations are not attractive. Generally, the simple line drawings and monochrome illustrations are far better than the full color illustrations, where the use of color sometimes assaults the eye (and sensibilities).
For an introduction to Ancient Greece and its mythology, I'd recommend something else (like Greek Gods and Goddesses....... For a children's reference book, this is the one to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and well written April 6 2014
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A comprehensive collection of Greek mythology. Covers all the well-known and lesser-known myths with great illustrations. Great base for future understanding allusions/genres in literature.
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This book has been a constant source of delight and conversation to my
10 year old grand daughter since it arrived. She is an avid and fluent reader
and likes to curl up with the book by herself, but younger children might need
to have it read to them. The stories are beautifully told and the illustrations
are clear and unambiguous as well as pleasing in their interpretation of the
verbal imagery. I am more than pleased and happy to recommend this book as a gift
to any family who cares that their children's education includes the basics
of classical mythology which underpins so much of the literature they will
encounter later on. Already, my grand daughter is making the connections
between the stories and references in modern English that are still in use, such
as "Pandora's Box" and being "as rich as Croesus" - to name just a couple.
I cannot recommend this book enough as an introduction to a world of terrific stories,
as well as enriching so many aspects of the child's understanding of her own culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless and Timeless Sept. 20 2010
Oversized with gorgeous and revealing illustrations, this amazing book will strike young children with awe about the mighty power of human imagination and - about Greek gods, goddesses both major and minor as well as the mortal descendants of Zeus. The masterfully retelling of Greek myths that flows in well-organized order brings to life such immortal tales of Persephone, Prometheus and the Nine Muses. I received formal training on Greek mythologies in college and though I loved these Olympian gods radiantly, it was not without pain just to figure who's whose son or daughter from Homer, Virgil and Ovid. Fortunately for my children (and I), we have D'AULAIRES' BOOK OF GREEK MYTHS that comes with helpful Zeus' family tree, index of gods' names and a constellations map. This is the definite volume on classical mythology that any family library cannot do without.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift for Children
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 more
Published on Sept. 14 2011 by R. C. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
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 anthology
Published on June 18 2009 by happygarden
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio Book is captivating, enchanting and wonderful
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 more
Published on July 12 2004 by Juan A. Lucio
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Basics.
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.
Published on June 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, even better on tape
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 more
Published on May 24 2004 by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Greek Myths
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It accurately portrayed many of the better known myths with wonderful pictures. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Kat,Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing better!
A rare gem in the science fiction/fantasy genre, this series has a female heroine, Lyra. We follow Lyra throughout the series as she encounters intense mysteries and drama. Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by D. M ZWIRN
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the younger reader
I still have my copy of this book from my early childhood. It's a wonderful introduction to Greek mythology for the younger age groups. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by Liz
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