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Children's LiteratureYoung readers can capture a glimpse of times past in the telling of this popular Roman story about Mars (Ares in Greek), the god of war who loved to fight and cause wars. This book is filled with stories of rivalries, revenge, jealousy, arguments, battles, killings, and the Trojan War. Two-page coverages contain a photo, etching, or painting across from a page that details the life of the featured mythical figure. Explorations into origin of stories or names associated with Mars include why roosters crow at the sun in the morning, the first murder trial, the art of fighting martial arts, significance of planting during the month of March, and planets in the solar system. The "World Mythology" series of titles provides resources that compliment the content and assist readers in research in several ways: a list identifying ten mythical gods, goddesses, rulers, monsters, and heroes; one-page introduction to myths; useful related titles; addresses for classical associations; references to mythology today; and FactHound, a internet search engine recommended for safe visits (three sites—one not accessible without subscription, one too advanced for age group, one appropriate). Violence and sexual issues are addressed in a subtle manner. The table of contents index, glossary, and map add to the value of this source. This title will whet the appetites of anyone interested in mythology with its strong characterizations and explanation of existence through symbols. This strong offering will enhance collections. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.