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Greek Myths
     

Greek Myths

by Ann Turnbull, Sarah Young (Illustrator)
 

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A gorgeous collection of classic Greek myths welcomes readers of all ages into a legendary world of beauty, tragedy, and miracle.

Enter a world where anything is possible. A god might be a mountain or a shower of gold. A nymph may be a stream or an echo in the wind. The myths of ancient Greece are full of such wonders, as well as a host of courageous

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A gorgeous collection of classic Greek myths welcomes readers of all ages into a legendary world of beauty, tragedy, and miracle.

Enter a world where anything is possible. A god might be a mountain or a shower of gold. A nymph may be a stream or an echo in the wind. The myths of ancient Greece are full of such wonders, as well as a host of courageous heroes, cunning heroines, and terrible monsters. Ann Turnbull’s compelling prose enlivens sixteen of the most celebrated myths, from the sadness of Persephone to the ill-fated love of Orpheus and Eurydice, from Pandora’s unlucky curiosity to the greed of King Midas to many more age-old tales filled with drama and romance. In vivid, expressive detail, Sarah Young’s fine-art illustrations bring this golden world to life, capturing creatures from Cerberus, the threeheaded dog, to the sinister snake-haired Medusa.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Turnbull retells 16 myths in this beautifully designed, eye-catching volume that is loosely arranged in three sections. She adds details that help bring to life the stories of Persephone, Orpheus and Eurydice, Arachne, and foolish King Midas. The tales tell of lusty immortals like Zeus, Pan, and Apollo, and mortals whose pride leads to their downfall. The collection ends with the tale of Pandora, whose curiosity let loose a host of ills on humanity. The stellar book design and Young's lush mixed-media illustrations add to the book's appeal. One especially effective spread depicts Theseus at the center of a swirling maze of pathways as the bull-headed Minotaur awaits him at one end and Ariadne at the other. These well-known tales are available in many collections; this latest offering, distinguished by crisp writing and brilliant design, does a fine job of conveying the wonder and majesty of these tales and deserves a place in many libraries.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763651114
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
892,670
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

Ann Turnbull has written numerous books for young readers, including No Shame, No Fear and Forged in the Fire. She lives in Shropshire, England.

Sarah Young is a painter, printmaker, and illustrator best known for her black-and-white scratchboard work. She lives in Sussex, England.

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