Tales of the Greek Heroes

Tales of the Greek Heroes

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by Roger Lancelyn Green
     
 

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The mysterious and exciting legends of the gods and heroes in Ancient Greece, from the adventures of Perseus, the labours of Heracles, the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, to Odysseus and the Trojan wars. Introduced with wit and humour by Rick Riordan, creator of the highly successful Percy Jackson series.

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The mysterious and exciting legends of the gods and heroes in Ancient Greece, from the adventures of Perseus, the labours of Heracles, the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, to Odysseus and the Trojan wars. Introduced with wit and humour by Rick Riordan, creator of the highly successful Percy Jackson series.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
First published in England in 1958, this retelling of the Age of Heroics in Greek mythology brings the stories of ancient Greece to contemporary readers. According to the introduction by Rick Riordan, many of our current fictional heroes such as Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, and Batman are based on the heroes and heroines of ancient Greece. At one time, villages in Greece were isolated and each created their own stories to explain the mysteries of life and death. As travel between towns and the countryside evolved, the characters and settings portrayed in this book became universal. However, the characters and settings in this version are too numerous, even confusing, for young readers, particularly since no time line is included to put it all into some context. Stories of Greek mythology were once common place for young people but this edition, without some adult assistance, seems overwhelming in detail. Occasional black-and-white illustrations do little to foster interest in the minutiae of the text. Lists of gods and goddesses, a map of the Argonauts' travels, an author profile, and items of interest about Greek mythology are included. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141325286
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/05/2009
Series:
Puffin Classics Series
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
71,590
Product dimensions:
6.98(w) x 5.04(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Roger Lancelyn Green was born in 1918 and lived in Oxford and at his family home in Cheshire, which the Greens had owned for more than 900 years. He loved storytelling and was fascinated by traditional fairy tales, myths and legends from around the world. He was a professional actor, a librarian and a teacher. His retellings include Egyptian, Greek and Norse legends, plus a retelling of Robin Hood. He also wrote many books for adults, including a biography of his friend C. S. Lewis, creator of the The Chronicles of Narnia. Roger Lancelyn Green died in 1987.

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Tales of the Greek Heroes 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
ReadingNerd More than 1 year ago
It's a great book, though it doesn't include some of the older more important stories. I like how the author explained the gods and goddesses. I could really imagine the people and plants in most of the stories.
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Tales of the Greek Heroes is a good book overall, but can be confusing at some times with the author giving information about something that will happen in another chapter that's like 50 pages away. It may also be confusing with the mass of characters within 1 chapter.Also at the end of the book you find out that you have to buy The Tale of Troy, a continuation of this book. If you love myth's you will love Tales of the Greek Heroes because there is so much action on every page.
DarthAzard13 More than 1 year ago
This is a great introduction (or simple reintroduction) to the myths and legends that we all have seen time and again on film or TV. The ancient Greeks were the original creators of the superhero genre, and the enduring tales they passed to us still serve to thrill, educate, and entertain. This collection is straightforward in its presentation and very fast paced. It is also much more readable then many other books of mythology you will find. Besides just being fun to read, the book can serve as a handy reference guide to the Greek Myths. Highly recommended. Buy this book!
Ellen_Elain More than 1 year ago
I hated this book it was boring
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This book wonderfully describes the Gods, Greek Heroes, and their interractions. It does not go into the detail it could, but it is a great resource for someone starting out at reading Greek Mythology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i bought this for my son who fell in love with the percy jackson series by rick riordan. after reading all the books he wanted more information about all the mythology. this book has been a great was to further the intrest the lightning thief sparked.
spudnick More than 1 year ago
This was an okay book but not as good as other greek mythology books I have read. This book is about the heroes in ancient greek mythology and the great deeds they accomplished. Included in this book are heroes like Jason and the Argonauts, Hercules, and Perseus. This book covers everything from Hercules ten labors to the defeat of Polyphemus. I enjoyed this book because of the good character structure and all the action. I disliked this book because it was not very informative or discriptive. In this book the author is somewhat mysterious and hard to understand in some parts. For example, when Jason was gathering his Argonauts, when it introduced one of them it said he was at the great boar hunt before the great boar hunt ever took place. In this case you did not know who the man was or what the great boar hunt was. Also, in the parts with little action it bored me easily. A book that I know as similar to this one are the books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This series is about a thirteen year old boy who finds out that his best friend is a centaur and he is the son of Poseidon. These are reasons I did not like this book. P.S. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is good.