McElderry Book of Greek Myths

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Walk among the gods and goddesses, men and monsters, in this enchanting volume of classic Greek myths! Here are twelve of the most beloved legends of Greek mythology, from Pandora and her dreaded box to Icarus with his wings of wax, and, of course, that greedy, gold-fingered King Midas. Vibrant art adds a fresh twist to this collection, giving today's readers their own version of these timeless tales.

Eric A. Kimmel brings these adventures to life with language that is ...

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Overview

Walk among the gods and goddesses, men and monsters, in this enchanting volume of classic Greek myths! Here are twelve of the most beloved legends of Greek mythology, from Pandora and her dreaded box to Icarus with his wings of wax, and, of course, that greedy, gold-fingered King Midas. Vibrant art adds a fresh twist to this collection, giving today's readers their own version of these timeless tales.

Eric A. Kimmel brings these adventures to life with language that is colloquial and easy to read. Pep Monserrat breathes beautiful modern colors and style into his paintings, even as he reinvents images from classical antiquity. Together they've created a masterpiece of mythology, perfect for young readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Gods and goddesses powerful and benevolent, men and women wise and foolish, and fierce monsters fill the pages of this book. Familiar Greek myths are retold in language that is both dramatic and simple. Included are the stories of "Pandora's Box," "King Midas and the Golden Touch," "Persephone and Hades," "Jason and the Golden Fleece," and "Daedalus and Icaris." The stories are abridged, but the telling is smooth and natural with lots of tension and action to hold the attention of the reader or listener. Kimmel weaves his dry and clever wit into the tales while retaining their dignity. The computer-generated illustrations reflect the design motifs of Ancient Greece and facial expressions convey a wealth of emotions from the devilish, wicked Hades to the smitten lovers Pygmalion and Galatea. The careful wording of the text, the size of the font, and the placement of the colorful illustration show that meticulous care has been given to make this book a worthy addition to mythology collections. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
Kirkus Reviews
In these 12 retellings, the Immortals come across as unusually benign. Dionysius at first suggests to King Midas that he give his excess wealth to the poor, for instance; the troubles that Pandora releases are originally imprisoned in the box by Prometheus's brother Epimetheus out of compassion for humankind; and it's Persephone herself who begs for a compromise that will allow her to stay with her beloved Hades for six months out of every year. Kimmel relates each tale in easy, natural-sounding language. And even though his Andromeda looks more Celtic than Ethiopian (as the oldest versions of the story have it), Montserrat's figures combine appropriate monumentality with an appealing expressiveness. The stories are all familiar and available in more comprehensive collections, but the colorful illustrations and spacious page design make this a good choice for shared reading. (foreword) (Nonfiction. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416915348
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Series: Margaret K. Mcelderry Book Ser.
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 427,815
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric A. Kimmel is the author of many picture books, including Hershel
and the Hanukkah Goblins
, a Caldecott Honor Book illustrated by Trina Schart
Hyman. He was once a storyteller, and he loves classic tales. For more information
visit Eric's website at www.ericakimmel.com.

Pep Monserrat has illustrated picture book versions of such classics as The
Musicians of Bremen
and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. He is delighted
to have this opportunity to portray the archetypal heroes and heroines of ancient
Greece. For more information visit Pep's website at www.pepmonserrat.com

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