D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths

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D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths

D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths

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From the drawing of the "family tree" of deities--the Titans led by Cronus proceeding to Zeus and his siblings, to their children--to the map of ancient Greece with notable mythical events and sites marked (where Zeus flung Hephaestus, where Aphrodite rose from the sea) to the drawings of constellations as various heroes and creatures were placed in the sky by the gods, there is a powerful and humbling sense throughout of what ancient Greek civilization has provided us. I demanded to know why I couldn't worship Zeus instead of his God; I wanted to know why, if the Greek Gods came first, they had a flood, Heracles was resurrected, and Phrixus was saved from being sacrificed by his father by the presence of a golden ram, amongst other things.

This collection of Greek myths is just as good the second time around ten years later and in audio book format. This book instilled me with a great love of mythology and classical antiquity that I still have to this day. This classic introduction to Greek mythology for children, written and illustrated by the husband-wife team, is divided into three main sections. Before I gift this to some young relatives of mine, I intend to prepare a pronunciation guide in LaTeX (or LyX) and tape it into the endpapers.The d'Aulaires won the third annual Caldecott Medal in 1940 for Abraham Lincoln, a picture-book life of the 16th U. It is perhaps a shame that the popular culture doesn't make allusions to Hephaestus, Mnemosyne, Terpsichore, Dionysus, and Aeneas as an everyday matter, but the fact is it doesn't, and it's a shame to leave little kids at sea (like Perseus? Hands down the best book of Greek Myths ever, this classic is a good introduction for kids and holds up as a principal reference work for adults. The first covers the beginnings of the world and the stories of the Olympian gods and goddesses; the second is devoted to the minor gods, nymphs, satyrs, and centaurs; and the third relates the tales of the human heroes of epic and play.

I can't remember if I was the one who suggested Greek Mythology or if it was she, but I do remember her aiding me at the card catalogues, then she sent me off to the shelves to track down "292 DAU [JUV].Whether you visit the wold of Greek mythology through auditory means or a visual guide, D'Aulaire's is the divine choice. Besides that, though, there are lots of stories in here, so it is a good introduction to Greek mythology.

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