A classic gift book for ages 7 and up, this rich collection — illustrated in full-color by Gareth Hinds and retold by professional storyteller Lise Lunge-Larsen --and#160; shows how the ancient myths from Greece rang so true and wise that the names of the characters have survived as words we now use every day.and#160; (A few examples are genius, tantalize, panic, muse, nemesis, fury, victory.and#160; No mythology has given English as many words as the Greek and Roman myths.) Not only imparting the subtle wisdom of these ancient tales, this slim book makes us understand the words more deeply.
zappencorser, October 5, 2006 (view all comments by zappencorser)
This is the best book!! This book is so good that I repeatedly checked it out from my elementary school library and read it over and over back in the 1970's. Later when I was older, I looked all over for it and tried to special order it through my college bookstore, but it was out of print. It was finally reprinted it and I've owned my own copy for years!
The stories are fascinating as always and the artwork is unbelievably gorgeous!! It is great for young and old alike. One caution: Though I read it myself starting in about 2nd grade, it may not be for very young children. I was bit surprised at re-reading the stories as an adult how full of violence the stories are. Fortunately, there are plenty of heroes and heroines who defeat the bad guys and monsters!
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