Young Zeus Hardcover – Feb 1 2010
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About the Author
G. Brian Karas is the acclaimed creator of numerous books for children, including Today and Today and Atlantic, both ALA Notable Books, and Home on the Bayou, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honour title. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York. Visit him at www.gbriankaras.com.
Top Customer Reviews
With only a few lines of text on most of the pages, it is possible to read this book to younger children. However, the story is fairly long so it may or may not keep their attention for the entire time. Little ones did like the illustrations and we spent most of our time focusing on them.
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She told him about his grandparents, Gaia and Uranus, and all about their children. Amaltheia told him how proud his grandfather was of the Titans, but also about his shameful children, the Cyclopes and the Hundred-Handers, whom he banished to the underworld. His grandmother, Gaia, was wonderful, but Zeus's grandfather was an evil creature. Gaia enlisted her son Cronus's help to banish him "to the bottom of the sea." Asking Cronus to help was a big mistake because "he ate up all his babies" so they wouldn't overtake his rule. Later on Zeus decided he must rescue his brothers and sisters, but how could he launch an attack against someone so evil?
This book is a marvelous, simplified way for the young reader to learn about the mythical Zeus and how he became the God of Gods. The storybook format of this book makes it much easier to learn about mythology. The presentation shows Zeus as a young boy who, wondering about his heritage, sets out to reclaim it. Zeus and the cast of characters, who are listed with an accompanying diagram in the front along with a pronunciation key, are all very appealing, a quality that will encourage the reluctant reader to explore this book. If you are looking for a modern day mythological tale that will encourage the young reader to explore Greek mythology, this is one you may wish to add to your list!
One such book is "Young Zeus" by G. Brian Karas. It tells of how young Zeus was saved from being swallowed by his Titan father Cronos, and secreted away to safety to the isle of Crete by his mother Reah. There young Zeus happily spends his days playing, watched over by Amaltheia, the she-goat. Soon however, young Zeus gets bored, and yearns for playmates. When he discovers he has brothers and sisters, all swallowed by Cronos, he decides to go on a mission to save them.
The illustrations and dialogue bring this story vividly alive. My daughter and I especially enjoyed the witty dialogue and banter between Zeus and the other characters. The story is simplified for young children but not overly so, and helped my daughter to better understand the origins of the gods and goddesses of Olympus (my two-volume Folio edition of Greek myths was just a tad too dense for her comprehension at this point). Fun and engaging, this is an excellent primer on one aspect of Greek mythology for children ages 6-11.
Young Zeus stands up for himself and his family and benefits from the help of his Mother, his Nanny, the fairy-goat Amalthea, his Grandmother Gaia (the Earth) and his siblings. It has a happy ending: Zeus is the responsible, kind one and therefore ends up in charge.
I also can't get enough of the illustrations!
A great picture book for school-aged youngsters that everyone will love reading over and over.
I hope to see more myth from the author.