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Provides an introduction to Achilles and his place in Greek mythology, including his connection with the Trojan War and such figures as Athena and Apollo.
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Provides an introduction to Achilles and his place in Greek mythology, including his connection with the Trojan War and such figures as Athena and Apollo.
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Young readers can capture a glimpse of times past in the telling of a popular Greek story about Achilles, one of its greatest heroes of the Trojan War. Achilles' mother dipped his body into the Styx River to protect him, but failed to immerse the heel she held making it vulnerable to harm. That "Achilles heel" became his weakness and the target of the enemy's arrow. Today people injure the tendon and have difficulty walking, running, or jumping. Two-page spreads contain a photo, etching, or painting across from a page that details the life of the featured mythical figure. The 'World Mythology" series of titles provides resources that compliment the content and assist readers in research including a list identifying ten mythical gods, goddesses, rulers, monsters, and heroes; one-page introduction to myths; useful related titles; addresses for classical associations; references to mythology today; and FactHound, a internet search engine recommended for safe visits (There are three sites—one not accessible without subscription, one too advanced for age the group, and one that's appropriate). Violence and sexual issues are addressed in a subtle manner. The table of contents index, glossary, and map add to the value of this source. This title will whet the appetites of those who have or are seeking a flair for mythology with its strong characterizations and explanation of existence through symbols. Add this strong offering to enhance collections. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Barbara Troisi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736826600
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: World Mythology Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,042,874
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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