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on 11 January 2014
I first read this around 60 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it then. It is written for children and now, as an (elderly) adult I find the story telling childish - but then that is the whole point of it. It gives simple stories of the exploits of heroes such as Perseus, Theseus, Hercules, Ulysses and Jason, along with tales of how winter and summer seasons came about through events that befell Proserpina, daughter of Ceres, goddess of the crops; the winged horse Pegasus; King Midas (a tale of 'be careful what you wish for!!), the Gorgon's head, and more.

In view of the liberties taken in the recent BBC tales of Jason in Atlantis, it is a useful reference of who had which adventure - and where. I can now go back to Robert Graves books on Greek Mythology and read a more adult version of these wonderful tales.
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on 2 May 2012
These books, and it is nice to have both together, available for free is incredible. They are tales from Greek/ Roman myths loosely linked with a narative. The stories themselves are the best part. As a child I reread them endlessly skipping the links, They are beautifully written by one of America's greatest authors. So, whether these tales are new or old to a reader, this is a good way to find them and a good way to be reminded of the stories which have enthalled generations.
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on 15 November 2017
Marvellous little book - to introduce youngsters to prehistoric history!
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on 30 November 2013
This one was a childhood favourite that I thought was a love of my life - but a return to Mr Hawthorne's tangled tales from Mythology after all these years proved a disappointment. It all seems to patronising now.
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on 22 January 2016
This book is interesting. Nathaniel Hawthorne is supposed to be the best author of the 19th century, but to me Twain is better. Having that this book is aimed at kids. The first story is about Thesus and the Minotaur. It was interesting. The second story was really dull. It is worth getting just to brush up on stuff.
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on 25 June 2013
This is a great book for boys or girls, the stories can be read to the children or they can read them themselves as my 8 year old granddaughter does, good variety of stories.
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on 10 June 2014
Read this with my 9 year old daughter. The language is archaic but beautiful and the stories thrilling and timeless.
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on 11 June 2013
I really enjoyed this book because it talks about how good it is to read and can help children who are not very keen on books for girls and boys want to.
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on 14 January 2015
Not the edition of the book pictured!
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on 23 June 2014
This is a wonderful way for anyone to be introduced to the Greek myths and re-reading it can bring back lovely childhood memories
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