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All societies have their own myths and legends, but they're much more than just stories. Myths and legends tell us about a peoples history, science, and cultural values—the things they knew, the things they believed, and the things they felt were important. World Myths and Legends retells tales from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. From the Greek myths to ancient epics like Gilgamesh and the trickster tales of Anansi the Spider, it helps readers think about why the same themes, characters, and events may show up in different parts of the globe.
Along the way kids will also find lots of fun and interesting projects that let them experience the stories first-hand. World Myths and Legends unveils wonders of the ancient world as it takes readers on a fascinating adventure of mystery and imagination. World Myths and Legends meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.
Provides a look at the origins of myths and legends, summarizes the characters and stories used to explain the natural world and human behavior, and includes hands-on activities, fun facts, and modern-day connections.
Providing a window into the history, science, and values of the cultures that produced them, this unique exploration of fearsome gods and brave heroes includes hands-on activities, fun facts, and modern-day connections. Projects range from experiencing the Greek tale of Odysseus and making a double soda-bottle whirlpool to fashioning a West African drum from yogurt containers and creating an indoor or outdoor garden according to the Native American story of the Three Sisters. Summarizing the characters and stories that ancient peoples used to explain the natural world and human behavior, this activity guide conducts a fascinating adventure of imagination and mystery, unveiling wonders of the past as well as emphasizing the importance of oral traditions.
About the Author
Kathryn Ceceri is an elementary and middle school teacher and a columnist for Home Education Magazine. Her work has been featured in Child, FamilyFun, and Sesame Street Parents, and online at Wired.com. She is the author of Around the World Crafts: Great Activities for Kids Who Like History, Math, Art, Science and More! She lives in Schuylerville, New York. Shawn Braley is an award-winning illustrator who specializes in cartoon and editorial illustration. He lives in White River Junction, Vermont.
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