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Favorite Greek Myths

Favorite Greek Myths

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by Mary Pope Osborne, Troy Howell (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This handsome collection consists of a dozen tales from Greek mythology, most drawn from Ovid's Metamorphoses , including the stories of Echo and Narcissus, Ceres and Proserpine, Cupid and Psyche, King Midas. Osborne's retellings are both lively and descriptive, while Howell's full-color, often iridescent illustrations set the scene and mood at the start of each tale. Taken together, they provide a solid and highly readable introduction to the major Greco-Roman gods and goddesses and the myths that have profoundly shaped Western thought and literature. Helpful back-matter includes a list of key characters, partial lexicon of modern words drawn from the myths, bibliography and index. Ages 7-11. (May)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Osborne provides a wonderful retelling of a dozen myths including the lesser-known story of Ceyx and Alcyone and perennial favorites such as Echo and Narcissus, Cupid and Psyche. In the introduction, Osborne tells readers that many of these stories were used to explain the mysterious of nature and as entertainment. To illustrate, Ceyx, the king, is the son of the morning star and his wife Alcyone is the daughter of the king of the winds. When the king is lost at sea, he and his wife eventually metamorphose into sea gulls. The halcyon days are ones of calm when the winds no longer blow and the gulls sit on their nests. This delightful collection is derived from Ovid's Metamorpheses and the myths are given a glorious treatment with Howell's sensuous full-page illustrations. Narcissus is indeed beautiful. A added touch includes small black and white insets appropriate to story (seagulls, spider weaving a web, a narcissus flower). A section that lists the gods, goddesses, and mortals who wrote the myths using modern words with Greek origins, a bibliography and index round out the book. A good resource for home and libraries.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- Not a comprehensive collection, this book contains retellings of Apuleius' ``Cupid and Psyche'' and of 11 stories from Ovid's Metamorphoses. The prose is lively, the versions faithful, and each myth has a full-page, gold-warmed painting in a realistic but slightly Art Deco-archaic style. Roman names are used, with Greek equivalents given but no pronunciation key. A list of modern myth-related words classifies them as of ``Greek origins,'' though many (e.g., cereal) are patently from Latin roots; and some obvious choices (jovial, panic, psychology) are omitted. The brief introduction repeats the dubious idea that Greek myths ``explain'' nature, which in any case is not a help in understanding Ovid's reworkings. Many more stories (including those of Prometheus, Pandora, Deucalion and Pyrraha, Io, Niobe, Pygmalion, Oedipus, Bellerophon, Perseus, Heracles, Jason, Theseus, Odysseus, et. al. , all missing here) and illustrations can be found in the Macmillan Book of Greek Gods and Heroes (1985) or Gods, Men and Monsters from the Greek Myths (Schocken, 1982). --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Poetry and Story Collections Series
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Product dimensions:
8.43(w) x 11.19(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne is the acclaimed author of many books for children. She is best known for her Magic Tree House series as well as her titles in the Dear America and My America series. She lives with her husband in New York City.

Brief Biography

Goshen, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
May 20, 1949
Place of Birth:
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
B.A., University of North Carolina

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Favorite Greek Myths 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I adore because the pictures have so much detail and color. Plus the way the author told each story and all people that are greek or not can relate to each myth in the book. There are points in the book that make it really interesting. Most of the pictures have bright colors . I like the way each story yet all the stories stick to the name of the tittle. I love the book and thats why.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is accurate, but DON'T BUY THIS BOOK! Now there is a couple reasons for this. First off is that they use the roman names for the Greek god's names, and second is that when you call it off as "Greek Myths", they have to be 100% Greek names! DON'T BUY THIS! DON'T!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter read The Lightning Thief and became interested in mythological characters so we went on a search to find a children's book about the subject. This book is what we found. She read all the Magic Tree House books so she was familiar with Mary Pope Osborne. She loved this book and reads it over and over.