Greek Myths for Young Children

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"Even reluctant readers (let alone closet classicists) will be drawn to pore over these entrancing pages. -School Library Journal

Greek myths are among the most exciting stories ever told. In this collection, Marcia Williams offers a fun but faithful retelling of eight myths using simple language and her signature comic-strip format. Panels and spreads brimming with color, decorative detail, and nonstop action make each tale a pleasure to look at, and speech bubbles add modern ...

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Overview

"Even reluctant readers (let alone closet classicists) will be drawn to pore over these entrancing pages. -School Library Journal

Greek myths are among the most exciting stories ever told. In this collection, Marcia Williams offers a fun but faithful retelling of eight myths using simple language and her signature comic-strip format. Panels and spreads brimming with color, decorative detail, and nonstop action make each tale a pleasure to look at, and speech bubbles add modern humor. This indispensable collection is the perfect way to introduce young readers to the power of myth.

Retells eight Greek myths in a comic strip format, including "Pandora's Box," "The Twelve Tasks of Heracles," and "Theseus and the Minotaur."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Featuring vibrant colors, detailed borders and comic-strip panels spilling over with farcical antics and asides, Williams's watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork is reminiscent of her illustrations for Joseph and His Magnificent Coat of Many Colors . Though readers on the young edge of the intended audience may miss the moral of some of these familiar and lesser-known myths, Williams has condensed the plots deftly, adding pithy comments (``Fat chance''; ``Where's the welcoming committee?''; ``This village is a dump!'') that help to modernize the material. Although she does not shy away from the beatings, killings and bloodshed incorporated in a few of the myths, her drawings will be deemed gory by only the most conservative viewers, and are not likely to pose a problem for children. Rather, this animated, oversize volume offers a lighthearted look at some timeless tales. Ages 5-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Readers, from reluctant to eager, will be attracted by the colorful illustrations, the artistry, and the wit with which Ms. Williams depicts the tales of Theseus and the Minotaur, Daedalus and Icarus, and six other classics from Ancient Greece. Her comic-book style presentation both entertains and enlightens.
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
For a contemporary presentation of the myths, Williams in Greek Myths for Young Children has provided modern humor through her comic-strip format. As in her more recent Sinbad, there are several levels of stories in this oversized book. There is the text under the pictures, the pictures, and the dialogue in voice balloons within the pictures. The story text is sparse in comparison to the art, but the book can serve as an excellent introduction to these ancient stories for young readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-- There's a challenge here for everyone who is sure that another collection of Greek myths will never circulate: put a plain brown wrapper on this oversize book and watch kids fight for what look like comic strips. The eight tales all feature humans, not gods (Pandora, Arion, Orpheus, Heracles, Daedalus, Perseus, Theseus and Arachne), but the funny-looking figures are hardly heroic. Williams's approach is to be faithful in fact and setting, but modern in humor and attitude. The retellings are quite accurate, even down to obscure (and sometimes gruesome) details, but above all they are witty and fast-paced. Plot is compressed into concise captions, but dialogue balloons hold irreverent asides from the cast. The cartoon format is brilliantly colorful, with bright, folk-patterned, decorative borders. It's a triumph of layout: only in the labors of Heracles does the panel design seem congested. Even reluctant readers (let alone closet classicists) will be : drawn to pore over these entrancing pages. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564024404
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.10 (w) x 0.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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    Posted July 28, 2008

    I loved this book since I was in grade school!

    I first read this book when I was in the second or third grade. My school had it in the library and I probably checked it out more then 10 times. Im 21 years old now and have been trying to find a copy to save for when I have children. The myths are great and the pictures definitly keep children paying attention.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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