Greek Myths: Stories of Sun, Stone, and Sea

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A classic collection of Greek myths withspecial emphasison adventure and heroic quests. The ten stories include: Creation of the Gods, Pandora's Box, Atalanta, Perseus, Pegasus and Bellerophon, King Midas and the Gift of Gold, King Midas and the Donkey's Ears, How Arachne Became a Spider.

The stories are written to appeal to a wide age range, to be read aloud to children of six to eight and for children of ...

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Overview


A classic collection of Greek myths withspecial emphasison adventure and heroic quests. The ten stories include: Creation of the Gods, Pandora's Box, Atalanta, Perseus, Pegasus and Bellerophon, King Midas and the Gift of Gold, King Midas and the Donkey's Ears, How Arachne Became a Spider.

The stories are written to appeal to a wide age range, to be read aloud to children of six to eight and for children of nine and above to read to themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ten Greek myths unfold in abbreviated chapters that tell the stories of Pandora, Perseus, Medusa, Pegasus, and others. Clayton’s renditions are told in clear, yet lyrical prose: “Orpheus followed a track between steep rocks, into a cave. He left daylight behind him and walked into darkness.” Ray’s illustrations combine classical, tapestry-like compositions with gold inlay, and feature motifs that borrow from folk art traditions. Pegasus’s feathery wings resemble layered bits of quilting; quaint speckled villages and coifed shrubbery appear in many scenes. Clayton and Ray create an accessible path into Greek mythology, while closing notes provide insight into Greek culture, history, and the wisdom contained within the stories (“When you see a spider’s web, remember that you can weave your own fate, and make something beautiful with your life”). Ages 8–11. (July)
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Praise for Greek Myths:
"Powerful retellings." — Books for Keeps
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—A British storyteller has pared down the language of 10 familiar Greek myths, making them accessible to younger children as read-alouds and suitable independent reading for older children. While her tellings are spare, she has not sacrificed any of the drama or excitement about Perseus and Medusa, Pegasus, Atalanta, and Orpheus and Eurydice. In addition to the tales themselves, information is provided about the places mentioned, such as the Temple of Delphi and Mount Chimera. End matter includes an index of gods and heroes as well as an extensive bibliography. Ray's full-page paintings are elegant and meticulously detailed, framed by a variety of borders. The artist's portrayal of Medusa is gloriously scary while her vision of Pegasus is quite beautiful. Ray knows how to work magic with her many shades of blue and green. This is a worthwhile addition for most collections.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
The fabled world of ancient Greece comes alive through these 10 myths that feature some of the most powerful gods, fearless heroes and amazing animals in literature. "The Creation" introduces Titans Kronos and Rhea, who spawned the twelve Olympians, led by Zeus, god of the sky, and the collection plunges along from there. Clayton's deft storytelling transitions readers easily from story to story, grounding them in a setting of mountainous islands dominated by the hot sun and cool blue sea. Readers meet Pandora, created at Zeus' behest as a tragically curious beauty bearing gifts for the giant Epimetheus. The competition for the city of Athens between Athena, goddess of wisdom, and Poseidon, god of the sea, is seen as a struggle decided by a democratic vote. The grotesqueness of Medusa is countered by the human bravery of Perseus; the remorse of King Midas redeems him from his greed. The enchanting flying horse, Pegasus, aids Bellerophon in his conquest of the three-headed, fire-breathing chimera. Arachne's transformation following her challenge of Athena brings the collection to a close. Each adventure or quest is followed by a very brief fact about Greece. Detailed and luminous, often diminutive watercolors and collage art illuminate each story's theme. A well-crafted, straightforward collection of the myths everyone needs to know. (map, notes, index of gods and heroes, sources) (Mythology. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847802279
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Sally Pomme Clayton is an internationally acclaimed storyteller. She co-founded The Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Hugh Lupton, spearheading the revival of storytelling in the U.K. She has a huge repertoire of stories, many of which feature bold heroines. She tours throughout Britain and internationally, performing at the British Museum, the Barbican and Southbank Centre. She writes for BBC Radio and theatre. Her first book for Frances Lincoln was Tales Told in Tents, followed by Amazons! and Rama and Sita: Path of Flames.
Jane Ray's distinctive style has established her as a highly successful artist both for her paintings and her wrapping paper and cards. Increasingly well-known too as an illustrator, her picture books have attracted enormous attention around the world. Her other title for Frances Lincoln is Ahmed and the Feather Girl.
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