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Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters [Hardcover]

Donna Jo Napoli , Christina Balit
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Book Description

Oct. 11 2011
School Library Journal Best Books of 2011

Eureka! Silver Honor Books—California Reading Association

Capitol Choices 2012 list of Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens

2012 Notable Children's Books—ALSC

The new National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology offers timeless stories of Greek myths in a beautiful new volume. Brought to life with lyrical text by award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli and stunning artwork by award-winning illustrator Christina Balit, the tales of gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, and Athena and heroes and monsters such as Helen of Troy, Perseus, and Medusa will fascinate and engage children’s imaginations.
National Geographic completes the book with embellishments of each story: sidebars for each god, goddess, hero, and monster link the myths to constellations, geography, history, and culture to help young readers connect the stories to real life events, people, and places. A family tree and a “cast of characters” profile page help make relationships between the characters clear, and a mapping feature adds to the fun and fascination. Resource notes and ample back matter directing readers to more information round out this luminous book. Sure to dazzle all those intrigued with the fantastic tales of Greek mythology and enchant new readers, this vibrant book will soon become a family keepsake.

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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 both a linguist and a writer of children's fiction. She received her BA in mathematics in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures in 1973, both from Harvard University, then did a postdoctoral year in Linguistics at MIT. She is an award-winning author of poetry, novels, and short stories for children. A few of her award-winning children's books include Stones in Water (winner of the Golden Kite Award and the Sydney Taylor Award), Alligator Bayou (a Parents' Choice Gold book for historical fiction), Daughter of Venice (Nevada Young Readers' Award), Albert (Kentucky Bluegrass Award), and Mama Miti (Anne Izard's Storytellers' Choice Award and the Bock Book Award). Donna Jo lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Christina Balit has illustrated a number of children's books, including Atlantis and Escape from Pompeii. Before becoming a prize-winning illustrator, Ms. Balit studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. She lives in Kent, England.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A gift for my 12 year old grandson. Feb. 2 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Hit 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations, some objectionable text Jan. 29 2012
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE it!!!!!! March 22 2012
By Ashley Valadez - Published on
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasury of Greek Mythology Nov. 3 2011
By John M. Gibbens - Published on
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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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fills a niche July 18 2012
By M. Heiss - Published on
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
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh So Happy! March 19 2012
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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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