The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus

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Long, long ago in ancient Greece, people began telling wonderful stories to explain the mysteries of life. These myths featured gods and goddesses, mighty beings who look human but have amazing powers and live forever. Now you can meet these extraordinary characters and hear their legends, brought to life again by Aliki in this splendid, panoramic look at the amazing stories and characters of Greek legend. "[Will meet the] demand for basic information on the gods and goddesses at the primary level."—BL. "Aliki's ...

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Long, long ago in ancient Greece, people began telling wonderful stories to explain the mysteries of life. These myths featured gods and goddesses, mighty beings who look human but have amazing powers and live forever. Now you can meet these extraordinary characters and hear their legends, brought to life again by Aliki in this splendid, panoramic look at the amazing stories and characters of Greek legend. "[Will meet the] demand for basic information on the gods and goddesses at the primary level."—BL. "Aliki's fans will welcome her introduction to these famous Greeks."—SLJ.

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Childhood Education
A lively genealogy of the Greek deities.
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Aliki tells the stories of how the Greek gods began. Zeus, whom we may have thought was the first god, wasn't. Uranus, the heavens, and Gaea, the earth, had many sons and daughters. The tale of how Uranus was overthrown by one of his sons, who was then overthrown by one of his sons, is fascinating. The fierce battles of the gods against the Titans finally left Zeus and his brothers and sisters the reigning gods. The illustrations are wonderful, as we have come to expect from Aliki. They are "adapted from Greek vase paintings and sculpture." In the author's words, "There were times when they all the gods and goddesses ascended to their thrones. And they were magnificent."
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Celestial streaks of gold and blue enliven the attractive pages containing rudimentary facts on the idols of ancient Greece. Easy to use, simple text, with a few paragraphs recounting their place in the heavenly hierarchy, friends, enemies and associated lore. Excellent tool for more reluctant readers, and perfect for early research or browsing.
Carolyn Phelan
ger for reading aloud. This large-format book provides a quick, brightly illustrated introduction to the ancient Greek gods and goddesses. Beginning with Gaea, Uranus, and the Titans, Aliki chronicles the rise and fall of Cronus and the defeat of the Titans by the new gods Zeus and company, whom she introduces individually. The latter section, which comprises two-thirds of the book, will prove useful in libraries as a clear, simple overview of the more familiar gods and goddesses. The artwork varies in quality from the well-imagined scenes showing Gaea growing out of "a dark space named Chaos" to the awkward and slightly comical look of the scenes in which Cronus swallows his children and disgorges them. A Greek dramatist might have advised that those actions should take place offstage, to be reported by the players. While not a source for storytellers, this will prove useful in libraries with a demand for basic information on the gods and goddesses at the primary-grade level.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606113946
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: REPRINT

Meet the Author

Aliki has been delighting her many fans since her first book was published. A longtime resident of New York City, she now lives in London.

Aliki's books for young readers include All by Myself!, Digging Up Dinosaurs, Fossils tell of Long Ago, How a Book Is Made, Mummies Made in Egypt, My Feet, My Five Senses, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Zoo, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, and William Shakespeare & the Globe.

Aliki has been delighting her many fans since her first book was published. A longtime resident of New York City, she now lives in London.

Aliki's books for young readers include All by Myself!, Digging Up Dinosaurs, Fossils tell of Long Ago, How a Book Is Made, Mummies Made in Egypt, My Feet, My Five Senses, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Zoo, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, and William Shakespeare & the Globe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2010

    After.... Perry Jackson

    My son asked me to buy a book about Greek Mytology after reading the Perry Jackon series books. He is really interested in knowing all about Gods and Goddesses as well as other characters and has enjoyed this book. He has looked an read it so many times now, but every time he learns more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2006

    An excellent source for every home library

    Beautiful pictures, easy to understand. My 4 and 5 year old love to read this book and pick out all of the gods and goddesses. An exceptional book for anyone beginning Greek mythology. This is a keeper!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2001

    Great Visuals

    I thought this book was great!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2000

    A good book for info on the gods!

    I borrowed this book from my teacher for a school assignment. It helped me so much. The pictures are very well done and the literature on the god is short, but very helpful. This was a great book. It says ages 4-8, I say ages 4-80!

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