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Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters Hardcover – Oct 11 2011


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (Oct. 11 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426308442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426308444
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 23.8 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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These are his comments: Really cool art. Easy to understand. Way more detail about the Gods and Heros than in any of the other books I've read.
He loved the book and it is a learning experience for any kids 12 or over.
It is nicely bound and a beautiful book for his collection.
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By Dawn Grace on Jan. 18 2014
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Given as a gift but very well received and recipient was truly excited about this book. She is quite interested in Greek Mythology at the moment. Hope this book will help her interest last.
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200 of 240 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful illustrations, some objectionable text Jan. 29 2012
By Hoover - Published on Amazon.com
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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. She perfected her charms ..."
"Paris was a dimwit, as far as Zeus could see. He was the perfect idiot ..."

I'm very disappointed that Treasury of Greek Mythology, supposedly written for ages 8 and older, contains language and concepts that I feel are not suitable for my young children. I'd love to read such a beautifully illustrated book but I'm going to put this book aside and continue reading D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths instead.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
LOVE it!!!!!! March 22 2012
By Ashley Valadez - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Treasury of Greek Mythology Nov. 3 2011
By John M. Gibbens - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Oh So Happy! March 19 2012
By Dream2B - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Which group age is this book inteded for? Oct. 15 2011
By Silivestru - Published on Amazon.com
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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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