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D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths (A yearling special) Paperback – 1 Oct 1995


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Reprint edition (1 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440406943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440406945
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.5 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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" A New York Public Library's 100 Great Children's Books 100 Years selection "From the Trade Paperback edition." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 May 1998
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out of the library for my sons (age 3 and 5) and they got mad when I had to return it (late, and very much worse from wear) So I bought it. The text is so even keeled, and the characters so honestly and fairly treated, that it is really hard to find anything at fault. The pictures are engaging, and even my 3 year old retains much of the basic stories. They seem to like the heros and the trickery. I like the fairness in the genders. Men and Women have strengths and weaknesses and all are addressed, but none of it is gender biased. The morals in the tales are subtle, but would be obvious to an older child. As an adult, it is a wonderful refresher course on the origins of the english language. In a time where heros and role models are largely lacking in many kids lives, this book fufills in a wonderful way, that need. Every child should have a copy of this book. It has it all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 July 1997
Format: Paperback
I don't know about all of you, but Greek Mythology is something I just can't live without! I pondered long and hard over many other volumes that were of the same material, but VERY longwinded. I don't have a lot of time on my hands, but I was just dying to learn of the famous Zues, Hera, Aphrodite, Ares, Athena, and all of the other gods and goddesses who governed the world high atop Mount Olympus. Also of Cronus, Rhea, Gaea, Uranus, and other gods and goddesses I never knew about. Then I found this book, this treasure amongst literature. The artwork alone is enthralling and the detail in which the stories are told is absolutly mesmerizing. The book is one of the best and one would certainly advise a friend to read it if one is streched for time yet has an incredible lust for Greek Mythology. The stories are easy to understand and yet so graphical that even the simplest child could lose themselves in the stories of Eos, Hercules, or Heracles as he is called in the book, Persephone, Demeter, and Phaethon. If you love Greek Myths, this book is an absolute must!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jun 1999
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book very much. It's very well-written and comprehensible to children, and the illustarations are very well-done and funy, too. I can't think of a better way to introduce kids to Greek mythology than this book. Wonderful for reading and learning about Greek mythology!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reflection Haiku on 20 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback
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 Pandora's Box. 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 May 1999
Format: Paperback
If you have always wanted to read about greek myths and never thought you would understand them, this book is for you. Easy to read and full of bright and colorful pictures this is wonderful book for children and adults alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun 1998
Format: Hardcover
Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire were among the first authors to present children's biographies in a shorter, fully illustrated format accessible to younger readers. They received the Caldecott Medal for their biography of Abraham Lincoln and also wrote and illustrated the histories of other famous Americans. But their most notable work may be this excellent collection of Greek myths, first published in 1962, and still a respected standard today. The entire world of the Greek gods is laid out in an orderly fashion, from the oldest stories of Mother Earth and the Titans to Zeus and his family, and on to the minor gods and the mortal descendants of Zeus. All the stories are here, including Pandora's box, King Midas, Oedipus, Jason and the Golden Fleece, and the transition from Greek gods to Roman ones. Illustrations enhance almost every page, many in color, some in black and white, and some in black on tan, which lends an ancient air. The stories themselves are simply written, with the text set off by wide borders of white space. A thorough index is appended, defining each god or goddess as well as locating their stories within the collection. From Achilles to Zeus, a book to savor and save for future generations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov 1998
Format: Paperback
This was one of the books that I learned to read with back in 1967(down with Dick & Jane! yay Greek myths and archaeology!). I read the stories countless times, imitated the illustrations, wished I lived in ancient Greece, etc. It's still my reference book on Greek mythology because it's so clearly presented. Every kid can get something out of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 1999
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I discovered this book at about the age of 10 (I'm much older now!). I must have checked this book out of the library 100 times. I'm glad to know it's still in print so that my son can read it when his interest in Greek mythology develops. Really, it is a fabulous book.
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