VOYAMost middle school and high school students at some time are assigned a report on some aspect of mythology, whether for English, history, or a world religions class. The challenge to teachers and librarians is finding resources for these report writers that sort through the myths to the basic details, allowing students to quickly look up gods, goddesses, creatures, and all things mythological. Daly's two books, Norse Mythology and Greek and Roman Mythology, part of a four-book series, meet that need. These new editions offer students a fair amount of information in an easy-to-use format. The most obvious changes include updated covers and slightly wider spacing between lines, which combined with better formatting, make the books much more user-friendly. Maps are cleaned up, and in the case of Greek and Roman Mythology, a map of Rome is added. The section on how to use the book is now more obvious, set slightly apart from the introduction. The entries themselves are updated where necessary, and illustrations have both been dropped and added. Selected bibliographies were revised in both books, but only Norse Mythology lists books with publication dates as recent as 2002 and divides the bibliography by general and Norse entries. Although these books will not appeal much to casual readers, they are wonderful resources for research. These titles, along with the series books on Japanese and Egyptian mythology, are recommended for middle and high school libraries. 2004, Facts on File, 146p.; Index. Illus. Maps. Biblio., Ages 11 to Adult.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 9 Up-Daly's volumes are newly updated with additional entries and new illustrations; the addition of Japanese myths to the series is welcome. Both Greek & Roman and Norse include places, practices, some rituals, objects, and myth sources. Daly is discreet: Cronus is "mutilated," Daphne "pursued." Stories of Jason, Odysseus, Balder, Loki, and lesser-known figures such as Melampus, Otr, and Starkad are briefly retold. Roberts's volume is a concise cultural introduction to Japan: the author explains kana, emaki, calligraphy styles, important historical figures, and periods (inexplicably, Tokugawa Ieyasu has no entry). Again, entire tales are told. Tiny errors-the underworld, Yomi, is confusingly called Youl and Yous, and the description of tanka under waka is incorrect-do not detract from an excellent introduction to Japanese mythology and its culture. Roberts deserves credit for including the sensitive Horse Rider Theory and connecting ancient history and archaeological finds to myths. None of the volumes have genealogical tables, and Greek & Roman and Norse lack the pronunciation help that is so useful in Japanese. Daly omits some alternative Norse spellings, but gives variant Greek and Latin forms in the classical volume. All of the titles include unattributed, undated black-and-white illustrations that are sometimes pedestrian and/or bland. The relatively brief entries will attract browsers. All three books offer fine, and in the case of the Roberts's volume, otherwise scarce, resources.-Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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