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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (28 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064461890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064461894
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Long, long ago in ancient Greece, some people began telling stories to explain the mysteries of life. Read the first page
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun 1999
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. It's so richly illustrated, and I like reading about the gods and godesses. Especially Athena. She's so wise. She is my favorite godess. I encourage other kids to read this book. In fact, I'll urge them! Keep those kind of books coming!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Aug 2007
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Lively pictures and lots of information. The tone of the narration is: 'didn't the Greeks do well to invent these gods'. If you're a Christian, maybe you'll need to add your own take.
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I have been wanting to introduce my daughter (now aged 6) to the Greek myths and have searched for a good book. This one is superb. Lots of detail, but not too much. Interesting tidbits that make you go wow. Great illustrations. Perfect tone - upbeat, exciting, awe inspiring, not gory or scary. It covers the creation story, the genealogy of the gods and goddesses, plus 1-3 paragraphs on each of the main gods (the twelve with thrones on Mt Olympus plus Eros, Hestia, and Hades [from my memory!]). My daughter has asked for this book every night since she has gotten it and now knows who all the main gods are and what they rule over. We've had it about two weeks. I bought previously another Greek myth book which I thought was better than most but that one engendered no enthusiasm whatsoever. This would be a great intro for an older child too who has no background in the gods and goddesses and is struggling with the complexity of a more advanced book. I know we will get years of use from this book. Can't recommend it enough.
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We brought this book for our 6 year old before going to Cyprus. He loved it. The discriptions, illustrations and general feel of the book were perfect fo him to understand and he spent the holiday looking out for Zeus
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic book! 3 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My 6-yr old neice absolutely loves this book. We had checked it out of the library and now I am purchasing it for her. This serves as a very good introduction to Greek mythology for young kids. It is clearly written and provides interesting vocabulary (that sometimes needs explanation). Our absolute favorite thing about the book is the illustration. The images are beautiful, fanciful, and inspire a person to dream! My neice has a hard time visually what words mean; she likes how there's a large portrait of the god or goddess, then scattered around him or her are little vignettes in pictures illustrating some major events in their lives. She can "read" this book herself and recall the stories. The images truly stick in one's mind.
I've looked at a dozen kids mythology books. Start them out with this one. If they are a bit older and dig mythology, get this for them anyhow. It will help refresh their memory.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus By Aliki 7 Nov 2006
By Cynthia Natal Guzman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is by the far the best book I have foud that explains the creation according to the Greeks. I have used it in my high school classroom as well as my junior high and it is always a hit. This book contains the origins of the universe starting with mother earth (Gaea) and father sky (Uranos), the birth and the reign of the Titans and the reing of the Olympians Gods when they took over the earth. It aslo gives a great and thorough introduction of each of the 14 Olympian gods that reign upon Olympus. The pictures are amazing. The whole book is a work of art!
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Gods and Goddesses of Olympus 30 July 2001
By "bigl545" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus is an interesting book. This book explains the origin of the gods and goddesses of Olympus. After reading this book a couple of times you will gain basic knowledge of the Greek gods and goddesses and how they evolved.
Aliki provides excellent illustrations that allow the story to be vividly portrayed. The illustrations relate well with the text and help the reader create a better understanding for the text. Her illustrations are drawn in pencil, then inked and colored with paints and colored pencils.
This book is at about a fifth grade reading level. However, the contents of this book are intended for an older, more mature audience, which leads to some concerns with using the book in the classroom. There are many moral issues in the book, as well as gruesome concepts throughout the book. For example, the ideas of incest are mentioned repeatedly, along with murder. These concepts may be rather difficult to explain to your students within your classroom.
Students who are interested in Greek gods and goddesses would really enjoy this book. However, in order for students to understand this book they need to be at a high independent reading level. The book can get rather confusing the first time around.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good introduction to the Olympians 21 Aug 2009
By Lawrence M. Sanger - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very useful book. It is hard to find books about ancient Greek myths that are appropriate for the very young set, but this one works. It works especially well as a preparation for reading Heather Amery's Greek Myths for Young Children (Stories for Young Children). Both of these books are easier than D'Aulaire's, which is more like the 5th or 6th grade level, and certainly easier than the classic Edith Hamilton Mythology, which is more appropriate for teens and adults.

The nice thing about Aliki's book is that it introduces the Olympians in a fairly simple and attractive format. There aren't many books that do that. Each god gets a couple pages with a big attractive picture. (Well, your mileage may vary on the pictures, but I found them helpful, anyway, though occasionally confusing--I had to explain to my little boy which part of the story referred to which part of a big picture.)

The text itself is fine. Engaging enough, but not really special; not worth five stars.

The opening pages, covering the creation of the world, the Titans, and the war between the Olympians and the Titans, is very well done. I skipped entirely over the bits where Cronus was shown devouring his children a la the famous Goya painting (well, not as bloody, but too graphic for little kids, for my taste).

I think publishers ought to get on the stick and create a series of well-illustrated, well-told, somewhat softened versions of the ancient Greek myths, for the 1st-3rd grade level. They would sell like hotcakes.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
great introduction for any age 23 Mar 2008
By Robin Lapre - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book - geared for children but enjoyable for any age. The book uses straightforward language, so that the reader and listener will not get overwhelmed by complex or archaic terminology. The artwork is just beautiful and will keep the young audience engaged while listening. The book is quite systematic, starting with Gaea and showing the lineages of the Gods, the Titans, etc. By the end of the book, you can look at the last page and identify the 12 Gods who sat on Olympus and a few others to boot. Even adults who have some knowledge of Greek Mythology will appreciate its orderly presentation and the book will help you understand the relationships between the Gods. My only criticism is that pronunciation keys were not provided. This would really help a novice like me (and most children) so as not to butcher their beautiful greek names. Otherwise, I have no criticism at all.
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