D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

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"For any child fortunate enough to have this  generous book...the kings and heroes of ancient  legend will remain forever matter-of-fact; the  pictures interpret the text literally and are full of  detail and witty observation."—Horn  Book.

"The drawings...are excellent  and excitingly evocative."—The New  York Times.

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Overview

"For any child fortunate enough to have this  generous book...the kings and heroes of ancient  legend will remain forever matter-of-fact; the  pictures interpret the text literally and are full of  detail and witty observation."—Horn  Book.

"The drawings...are excellent  and excitingly evocative."—The New  York Times.

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"For any child fortunate enough to have this generous book...the kings and heroes of ancient legend will remain forever matter-of-fact; the pictures interpret the text literally and are full of detail and witty observation."
Horn Book.

"The drawings...are excellent and excitingly evocative."—The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385071086
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/19/1962
  • Pages: 192

Meet the Author

INGRI and EDGAR PARIN D’AULAIRE were author-artists of rare distinction. They met in Munich where both were studying art. Ingri had grown up in Norway; Edgar, the son of a noted Italian portrait painter, was born in Switzerland and had lived in Paris and Florence.  Shortly after they married they together began to create text and art for the picture books that established their reputation for unique craftsmanship. During an extended trip to Greece, they studied and sketched the countryside, the people, the architecture, and the artifacts of long ago.  These elements appear with unmistakable authenticity, transformed by the d’Aulaires’ own artistic concepts.
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CONTENTS

In Olden Times     9
Gaea, Mother Earth    10
The Titans     12

ZEUS and his Family    16
Hera      24
Hephaestus     28
Aphrodite     30
Ares      32
Athena      34
Poseidon     38
Apollo      42
Artemis      44
Hermes      50
Hades      56
Persephone and Demeter    58
Dionysus     64

MINOR GODS, Nymphs, Satyrs, and Centaurs  70
Prometheus     72
Pandora      74
Deucalion     76
Eos      80
Helios and Phaëthon    82
Selene      86
Pan      90
Echo      92
Syrinx      94
The Wild and Vulgar Centaurs   96
Asclepius     98
The Nine Muses     100
Orpheus      102

MORTAL DESCENDANTS OF ZEUS   106
Europa and Cadmus    108
Tantalus and Pelops    112
Danaüs, Perseus, and the Gorgon   114
Clever and Vainglorious Kings   123
King Midas     124
Sisyphus     126
Bellerophon     128
Melampus     130
Heracles     132
Theseus      148
Oedipus      158
The Golden Fleece    162
The Calydonian Boar Hunt   176
The Apples of Love and the Apple of Discord 178
Everything Must Come to an End   189

INDEX      190 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2004

    One of the best, never gets stale

    My parents bought me this book back in the 60's, when I was 7, and it was one of my favorites for years. Now my own 7-year-old pores over my old copy for hours at a time, and I plan to replace it after he wears it out. Sharing this book with my son brings back many happy memories of similar storytimes with my own parents; re-reading it 40 years later, it's still fresh. After reading Ovid and other Greek poets in college later on, I realized that the d'Aulaires' version of the Greek myths (while cleaned up for kids where necessary) is surprisingly complete; it retains all the wondrous, compelling and tragic/comic elements of the original myths and presents them in a fresh re-telling. The illustrations are glorious. For anyone interested in Greek mythology, the classical world, ancient history, literature or art, this is a must-have. A good read; great for adults as well as kids.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    One of the Classics

    I first read this in second grade and it's remained one of my favorite books to date. The pictures are great, and the stories include some of the lesser known myths. It is to this book that I owe much of my knowledge of Greek mythology. I have not yet found a collection that equals it. I highly recommend it to anyone, of any age.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Fabulous Book!!!!

    My mother gave me this book some 35 years ago and it was one of my very favorite books of all time. I just bought it for my Godson and he is just as amazed and taken with the stories and pictures as I was. By the time I went to college and had to take Mythology, I already knew more than half of the stories! Needless to say, it was an easy A.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2009

    I Read this in middle school. Thirty years later my daughter was given it for summer reading.

    I Can't believe it I just got my daughter's summer reading and when I searched the title and saw the picture I was shocked.

    I still have this book from 30 years ago when I was in middle school. It is one of very few books I have held onto as treasures. It was so wonderful that it has moved with me several times and stayed with me. I am so pleased to be able to give it to my daughter because I know what it taught me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    an outstanding book!

    I first got this book in fourth grade and read it from cover to cover--it wittily and captivatingly retells some of the greatest tales of humankind and brings them to life with beautiful illustrations! As a high school senior in AP Literature, I just rediscovered this book yesterday and I am just as impressed with it as I was eight years ago. Don't be held back by how it is marketed as a children's book D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths is written in such a way that anyone can enjoy and appreciate it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2006

    LOVED IT! 20 years old NYC

    I originally found this book in the garbage,when i was in the 4th grade and tried to patch it up, I to this day do not understand why it was thrown out. I love it and have bought a new copy since!! I have gotten into debates about mythology and have won because of this book. It is full of a great story that anyone of any age would LOVE!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

    Passing along a childhood favorite

    I discovered this book on the library shelf in the 1970s...an avid reader even as a child, I devoured these stories over and over. The illustrations are awesome and I'm happy to see they've kept the original artwork in the reprint. My 10-yr old niece recently "discovered" Greek mythology...I was around the same age!...and I've ordered this book for her. I just can't bring myself to part with my own copy! Would recommend to anyone who is interested in Greek mythology.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    Great Introduction to Classic Myths

    I think this is the fourth time I have bought a copy of this book, because each copy eventually disappears from my classroom library. It's so good that children steal it! It's also so good that my library just doesn't feel complete without it. The pictures and text are engaging, and the stories are classics that any well-educated person should know as part of his or her cultural literacy. Very highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

    D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths

    What a wonderful book...I still have this book that my Grandfather gave to me back when I was in grade school. I am glad to see it is still in print. This is a great book for children and adults alike, with beautiful illustrations and interesting descriptions of the major and minor Greek gods and goddesses. I highly recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    Awe inspiring

    Incredably intreseting way of telling the history of an old scociety's belifes. Holds the reader's attention throughout the entire book. This book has inspired me to further researech the ancient beliefs of the Greek people.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    In love with this book since 3rd Grade

    I remember this book being read to us in the 3rd Grade. Even though we only read the first few stories, I borrowed the book and read the rest. It began my lifelong love of the heroic (and tragic) tales of Greek myths. It surprised me how much the stories helped in my college years when reading some of the original texts. The stories aren't really dumbed-down and the illustrations stimulate the imagination without taking away from the written words. Now, years later I still have this book even though most of my others have long since gone away.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Worth every single penny... Buy it!

    This is most definitely one of the best books I read as a child. I got it in forth grade and now, as a senior in high school, I still remember most of what I read. That's amazing - condidering I can't really remember what I had for lunch yesterday. I can confidently say that anyone who reads this book will enjoy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2000

    Amazing and Beautiful Presentation

    D'aulaires' expressionistic illustrations bring these ancient tales to life in a way that has never been equaled. I think even Plato would have marveled at how well these images capture the spirit of these myths. The writing is excellent as well--superbly accurate to historical sources yet lively and humorous. I grew up with this book. If I had to choose one book that has effected my life more than any other, this would be it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    This is wonderfully written and easy to read and understand. My 6 year old loves it as do I. As you would expect with a book for children, the stories are softer and have a nicer spin to them.
    I only wish the book was longer and packed with more Greek myths!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    should be in every child's library

    Well written and beautifully illustrated. Great for homeschooling. Written for a young audience, however, my teenagers also enjoy the stories. I purchased a soft cover but would've purchased hard back if I had known before hand how beautiful the book was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2011

    GREAT BOOK!!

    This book is a good read, no matter what age. The illustrations are really amazing and i love this book. It's a really good buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Book about Greek Gods and Goddesses!

    The illustrations were neat and I learned a lot!

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

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    A childhood treasure.

    I discovered this book in 6th grade and had had little to no contact with Greek mythology. After reading it I found myself to have a much greater knowledge of and interest in the subject matter. The illustrations, wonderful in their simplicity and unelaborate design, and the stories themselves, appealing to both young and old, are not to be missed. For anyone desiring to begin the study of mythology or merely wanting ro read something enjoyable, this book is for you. I still love it after all these years, and I still find it as mesmerizing and enthralling as when I picked it up all those years ago.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    Favorite childhood book still awe inspiring

    When I was a child, this was my favorite book to check out of the library. I read it over and over, thrilling in the tales of the gods and goddesses and heroes of ancient Greece and also in the marvelous illustrations that complemented the stories so well.

    Decades later I was delighted to see it at the bookstore and knew I had to purchase a copy for myself--to read and reread again, and also to capture a bit of nostalgia from my childhood. D'AULAIRES' BOOK OF GREEK MYTHS was one of those magical selections which helped to inspire a lifelong love of books for me, and which is a fascinating read whether you are 8 or 80. The writing style and story length will hold the attention of younger readers; while at the same time the book provides the combination of succinct prose and those beautiful illustrations to capture the interest of older folks.

    D'AULAIRES' BOOK OF GREEK MYTHS is now my favorite gift idea for the children and grandchildren of my friends and relatives. A gem of a book!

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

    Excellent for children and adult readers.

    This colorful book is fascinating and educational about Greek Gods and mythology.

    The connection toward end of book of Greek Gods with the Roman Gods was helpful and satisfying.

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