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The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths (Orchard Myths) Hardcover – 28 Aug 2003


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (28 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841217751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841217758
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 1.5 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Saviour Pirotta is the best-selling author of over a hundred children's books, ranging from novelty titles to short novels. He is mostly known for his vivid adaptations of world myths and legends.

Originally from the small island of Malta, Saviour eimgrated to the UK in the early 1980s and has lived in London, Brighton and West Yorkshire. His retelling of Firebird, illustrated by Catherine Hyde and published by Templar in the UK and US was awarded an Aesop Accolade by the American Folklore Society in 2010.

Saviour lives in the historical village of Saltaire, a World Heritage Site in West Yorkshire. Visit his website at http://www.spirotta.com

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Remarkable retellings of these old stories using vivid, glorious language. -- National Literacy Association, 2003

Will provide a welcome balance to the zanier or Disney-style introductions to the famous myths on offer to young children -- Bookseller Supplement, 13 June 2003

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The perfect introduction to Greek myths, illustrated with bright pictures by Jan Lewis. Here are ten of the best loved Greek legends retold with warmth and humour to make them easily accessible to young children. Ages 5+.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 7 year old daughter who is very much into fairytales. I have always loved Greek myths but have always shied away from sharing them with my child because of the blood-thirsty content. With this book Saviour Pirotta, a writer who specialises in retelling traditional tales and myths, manages to avoid the usual pitfalls. He tells the stories beautifully and turns whart are often convoluted tales into neat, perfectly composed stories. Jan Lewis' illustrations are near perfect. The book glows with gorgeous Greek sunshine. The picture of King Midas surrounded by golden objects, including his cat, had my daughter poring over it even after we'd finished the stories. I'd recommend this book to anyone who'd like to introduce young children to classical myths.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "paul46thom" on 21 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a truly delightful book. My daughter has been asking to hear these Greek stories every bedtime since we borrowed the book from the library. We now have our own copy, which we pore over time and time again. Pirotta and Lewis should collaborate again. They are a winning combination.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb. 2005
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My son loves this book. We read it over and over again. The stories are quite short and to the point, perfect for bedtime. It's possibly the best book of Greek myths on the market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PatriciaBookworm on 29 Dec. 2012
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The most attractive books on the greek myths that I could find in any book shop so I ordered it for a christmas present for a five year old boy. I loved it but will have to wait for his response.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laila Carruthers on 11 Feb. 2013
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This book was perfect for my six year old daughter who had some time off school with a broken arm, her class were doing about Greek Myths. When she went back to school she didn't feel behind.
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I read this book with my two daughters, aged 6 and 7, and they loved it. The stories have the perfect length for a bedtime story, the illustrations are beautiful and the level of difficulty is just right. It is a great book to introduce Greek mythology to children of this age group. The sentences aren't too long or complicated, the vocabulary is manageable and there are enough illustrations to help their understanding and keep them going.
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