Treasury Of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories Of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters
ISBN: 1426308922
EAN13: 9781426308925
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 11.8" L x 9.2" W
Weight: 2.4 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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School Library Journal Best Books of 2011 Eureka Silver Honor Books-California Reading Association Capitol Choices 2012 list of Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens 2012 Notable Children's Books-ALSC The new National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology offers timeless stories of Greek myths in a beautiful new volume. Brought to life with lyrical text by award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli and stunning artwork by award-winning illustrator Christina Balit, the tales of gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, and Athena and heroes and monsters such as Helen of Troy, Perseus, and Medusa will fascinate and engage children's imaginations. National Geographic completes the book with embellishments of each story: sidebars for each god, goddess, hero, and monster link the myths to constellations, geography, history, and culture to help young readers connect the stories to real life events, people, and places. A family tree and a cast of characters profile page help make relationships between the characters clear, and a mapping feature adds to the fun and fascination. Resource notes and ample back matter directing readers to more information round out this luminous book. Sure to dazzle all those intrigued with the fantastic tales of Greek mythology and enchant new readers, this vibrant book will soon become a family keepsake. National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources. Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information.

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5
   Great book for people just starting their interest in mythology
Great book for people who have just begun their interest in mythology. My daughter loves her! My daughter '' She has a fondness for mythology and is always looking for information online and in books and now she has a book that she says is better than what she can find in her library at school.
 
5
   great book
I was intrigued by this book because of the illustrations. They are so bold and colorful, and whimsical as the stories themselves. But it is a really great collection of myths. Even goes over some of the lesser well known deities.
 
5
   very engaging book
My son needed this textbook for the school. He has read it from the library in the past for pleasure in the past. He really likes Greek mythology and says that this is very interesting. The Amazon price was about $5 less than the School Book Service website. This book will remain on his shelf even after the school year.
 
5
   Perfect for the curious 9 year old
My daughter contacted me for a Greek mythology book for Christmas. I have looked at many different ones. Most of them were pretty classical or didn’t cover the vague gods. Others were too descriptive in the distractions '' of the gods. National Geographic is something I read as a child, so I was thrilled to find their take on it. It's a massive tome. Complete with a Roman tree of sorts and the family interpretations of each god. By far this is one of her favourites as well. She frequently brings her carrie to school and often quotes it to her grandfather most evenings. I found it well written and easy to understand for children her age, I had a few parents ask where I found it. Art's work is stunning. Also in the way you see Roman - Greek frescoes done. I have a feeling that this book will be part of our family for a very long time.
 
5
   My new favorite author, Fun to read to kids
Christina Balit's narratives about each of the major gods and goddesses in Greek mythology, bolstered by the captivating artwork of Donna Jo Napoli, caught me completely by surprise. I ordered this book to read some stories to my young daughter, and I found myself similarly drawn. I am not a fiction fan, but the presentation by Napoli and Balit on a subject I learned extensively in high school classics, has revived my interest in the stories and fantastical adventures told in the myths. We read about a few characters each night, and it is a book we both enjoy.
 
5
   Illustrations make the book even better
Totally in love with this book, the illustrations are great! The book is made in the way that will be interesting for both a child and an adult. Stories are pretty short, what makes it easy to read without losing attention.
 
3
   Just kind of odd
While the illustrations are excellent, the actual content leaves much to be desired. The writing style is very stylized and in an attempt to simplify '' the stories or modify them for children, it loses any real depth to the stories. As well as completely re-writing some of the stories, an example being Medusa, now I see that Poseidon raping her in Athena's temple, leading to Athena punishing her, but the idea of Poseidon looking at her and saying good, scaly skin and that was poisonous, and then falling asleep in her arms. If you want real pictures and a lazy intro to Greek myths, it is fine if you want to continue the pretty stories.
 
1
   Terrible book if you actually want to learn about Greek mythology
After reading this book, I was really disappointed. The writing style is unpleasant and jumps quite a bit around, making it hard to keep track of anything. Most of the myths are actually descriptions of the births and parentage of God. A number of these myths are inaccurate as well, which I found the most disappointing aspect of the book. I would not even recommend this to people who are just starting out ; it is not interesting to read and the author seems more interested in being pc than in staying true to actual mythology. In all, it was a waste of time and money.
 
5
   Great especially for beginners
My favorite unit of history was Greek mythology growing up. I looked for a basic Greek mythology book for what seems forever now, because I was waiting for a book with really good illustrations and I found that in this book. The stories are short and to the point without feeling rushed and the stories are in order. Really well done! ''
 
5
   Beautiful Books!
Simply LOVE IT! Every detail of this book makes it wonderful : the binding, the artwork, the stories, the quality of the paper. I was looking for a book like this '', since it is perfect for children. It makes it fun for them to read. The only thing is that some of the vocabulary is a little advanced, so that you will probably have to read it to them. I also bought the Egyptian and Norse mythology and will probably buy the tales from the Arabian night, too. ) Click the button if this review has helped you at all.
 
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