Greek Myths

Greek Myths

by Ann Turnbull, Michael Page
     
 

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Enter a world where anything is possible. A god could be a mountain or a shower of gold. A nymph could 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.

From the tragedy of Persephone to the fearsome minotaur; from Perseus's quest for Medusa to

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Enter a world where anything is possible. A god could be a mountain or a shower of gold. A nymph could 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.

From the tragedy of Persephone to the fearsome minotaur; from Perseus's quest for Medusa to greedy King Midas, this collection includes a broad range of the most well-known and celebrated myths. Each is skillfully retold by Ann Turnbull, and readers young and old are welcomed into a golden world of beauty, tragedy, and miracle.

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School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 6 Up—The pleasant timbre of Michael Page's expressive voice brings these Greek myths, retold by AnnTurnbull (Candlewick, 2010), to life. An introduction offers a helpful overview of what is contained on the CDs including the versions used, the lineage of the gods and goddesses, and the status of other mythological characters such as the Muses. Divided into general sections—"Earth, The Heavens and the Underworld," "Monsters and Heroes," and "Gods and Mortals"—various myths are masterfully presented, including Orpheus and Eurydice, The Minotaur, Bellerophon and the Winged Horse, Pan and Syrinx, King Midas and the Golden Touch, and Pandora. Mythological creatures and characters are briefly and clearly identified, a great help to listeners who may be unfamiliar with them and how they are related to one another. This will find an audience among students and teachers using the myths in class as well as those listening for entertainment.—Cynthia Ortiz, Hackensack High School, NJ
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455829545
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
2
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 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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