D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

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by Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire, Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier

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Read by Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Kathleen Turner, and Matthew Broderick

Here are the immortals of Olympus—the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece—as freshly described as if they were alive today.
            Mighty Zues with his fistful of thunderbolts; mischievous little Hermes; grey-eyed


Read by Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Kathleen Turner, and Matthew Broderick

Here are the immortals of Olympus—the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece—as freshly described as if they were alive today.
            Mighty Zues with his fistful of thunderbolts; mischievous little Hermes; grey-eyed Athena, godess of wisdom; Asclepius, the first physician; Orpheus and his beloved Euridice; Helios the sun, crossing the heavens in his fiery chariot. . . these and other equally fabulous figures are featured here with their heroic deeds and petty squabbles illuminated in full dimension.

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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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8 - 12 Years

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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

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 

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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D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
KitFL More than 1 year ago
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.
CCHCrow More than 1 year ago
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.
fin_bheara More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
D_MacGowan More than 1 year ago
I think I was in the 3rd grade when I first read this book and I have been a big fan of Greek mythology ever since. The illustrations are wonderful and the text is exciting to read. I recommend that every child read this book. It's magical.
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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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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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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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