Mythology

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Presenting the newest discovery in the series with the Midas touch — a mythical exploration fit for the gods

In the early nineteenth century, an English nobleman embarked on a tour of the sites of ancient Greece. He brought as his guide a primer on Greek myths written by his friend Lady Hestia Evans, a devotee of Lord Byron who had recently taken the same voyage. In the true Romantic spirit, Lady Hestia’s book was not only lavishly illustrated but also boasted many paper crafts ...

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Overview

Presenting the newest discovery in the series with the Midas touch — a mythical exploration fit for the gods

In the early nineteenth century, an English nobleman embarked on a tour of the sites of ancient Greece. He brought as his guide a primer on Greek myths written by his friend Lady Hestia Evans, a devotee of Lord Byron who had recently taken the same voyage. In the true Romantic spirit, Lady Hestia’s book was not only lavishly illustrated but also boasted many paper crafts and novelties, including a card game featuring the twelve Olympians, an oak-leaf oracle of Zeus, a pop-up Pandora’s box (with hope still inside), a booklet retelling the tale of Odysseus, a piece of the Golden Fleece, a gold OBOLOS coin to pay the ferryman on the River Styx, and many more flaps, foldouts, and other surprises. The nobleman added his own witty comments and drawings along the way, but seems to have wished for something odd at the Delphic oracle: as the book nears its end, it slowly begins to turn . . .to gold. Now, for lovers of Greek myths and those just discovering their timeless power, this fascinating volume is faithfully reproduced with all its Romantic ambience, clever wit and novelty features intact.

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With this entry, the popular Ology series turns to solid gold. The concept is impeccable: An early-19th-century nobleman adventurer sets off for Greece, carrying with him a primer on ancient mythology which he annotates along the way. Eventually, this embellished tour guide encompasses all manner of things, from drawings and notes to a card game portraying the 12 Olympians and a gold obolos coin in case you ever need to cross the River Styx. Mythology is a treasure packet of foldouts, flaps, and other novelties. Arguably the best in the series.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Using the approach that the publisher has obtained an old copy of "Lady Hestia Evan's Mythology" containing notes from a John Oro, who tried to "use the book for his own selfish gain," works well to present the mythology of ancient Greece to the young student as well as older readers who will be drawn in by the fascinating presentation. This "‘Ology Book" is beautifully done with "gems" set in the cover and tabs, booklets and surprises throughout. There is a specimen of the Golden Fleece, an illustrated book of serpents, and a Pandora's box complete with warning "Do not open for any reason!" Oak leaves, a silver obol, and game cards of the gods of Olympus are all to found in "sealed" envelopes. A booklet with a short version of The Odyssey and another containing the story of King Midas are to be found as the reader studies the Greek myths. Beautifully illustrated and containing a foldout map and a "Genealogical Table of the Gods, Monsters, & Heroes of Ancient Greece," this volume offers information in an imaginative format. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal

Gr 4 Up
Fictional Lady Hestia Evans's guide to Greek mythology is sure to please myth and puzzle lovers. Tales of gods and goddesses are framed by the story of Lady Hestia's peer, an antiquities collector who becomes obsessed with greed and is granted the Midas touch by Zeus, eventually leading to his doom. Aside from the mention of Zeus having married multiple goddesses and mortals (rather than producing offspring sans ritual), the stories are well represented and simple enough to serve as an introduction for novices. Illustrations and reproductions of ancient artifacts enhance the text. Friezes bordering the pages show three hero quests: Heracles's labors, Jason and the Argonauts, and Theseus's defeat of the Minotaur. From a pamphlet explaining the Greek alphabet to a bit of the Golden Fleece tucked under a flap, the parts to unfold, lift up, and pull out are delightful. Readers can cast oak leaves to consult an oracle or play "Tartarus" with a deck of cards featuring the Olympians. Explanations of how the Greeks saw their world provide an excellent starting point for putting the mythology into context. With a format that will attract younger readers and content sure to appeal even to high schoolers, this handsome book will be read and explored repeatedly.
—Alana AbbottCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763634032
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Ologies Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 131,719
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.44 (w) x 12.19 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2007

    Fun!

    This is a fun book to have. Contains a summarized version of the Greek Myths (including but not limited to the Trojan war). It includes a playing card, a sample of the golden fleece and a quill among other things.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    A+ Guide to Mythology

    This book is so SO good. I am not very good at remembering the names to the gods and goddesses but this book helped me get a very very good grade on my Greek Mythology test at school.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    Mythology roolez!

    This book is probably the best one i've read in about 2 years. And i got it 4 days ago! From the Oracle Oak Leaves to the Quill and 'parchment', i enjoyed everything about this book and I urge you to buy a copy today!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    The hit of my 1o year old Grandson's Xmas

    I am writing this review from Zack. He was absolutely thrilled - they have the book in his classroom and unbeknownst to us he coveted the book. He loves the Percy Jackson books and wanted to read more about mythology. The one in his classroom has to be shared and all the surprises had been opened, so having his own copy to explore was very special. Who knew a book could beat out WII games for the best gift?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Mythology Fun

    My daughter has a number of books in this series (Mermaids, Fairies, Wizardology) and loves this one as much as the rest. She loves looking and reading them over and over. She learns a lot and they peak her interest in the subject encouraging her to read other books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2007

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    i loved this book. im greek so it helped me to improve on what i didn't know on my country greece! i TOTALLY RECAMEND!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    highly recommend

    My 9 year old daughter loves this book

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Nine-Year-Old Daughter loves this book!

    My 9 year old daughter wanted a book on mythology and we found this in our local B&N store. It's a very interactive book with lots of "extras" inside, such as "Knowledge Cards" of the Gods of Olympus, "Oak Leaves" of the Oracle, and a pop-up Pandora's Box. All these extra little items come in various envelopes, booklets, and pouches that are attached inside the book pages. The text of the book introduces the Greek gods, mythical beasts, and Greek heros and includes a fold out map with a genalogical table of said Gods, Monsters, and Heros. This would make a great gift for a kid (I'm guessing age range of 8-12).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    A Wonderful Read!

    This is a great book for children 9-12 and, actually, for adults, too. It comes complete with a popup pandora's box, a quillpin, and even a drachma. It's educational in greek mythology, and very thrilling and no-put-down-y. For more information see www.ologyworld.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

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    Interactive.

    Gave as a gift. They said it was a good book. Interactive.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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