Tales of the Greek Heroes

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When you think classics, think Puffin!

This edition of Tales of the Greek Heroes includes an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Rick Riordan!

Some of the oldest and most famous stories in the world-the adventures of Perseus, the labors of Heracles, the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts-are vividly retold in this single, connected narrative of the Heroic Age, ...

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Overview

When you think classics, think Puffin!

This edition of Tales of the Greek Heroes includes an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Rick Riordan!

Some of the oldest and most famous stories in the world-the adventures of Perseus, the labors of Heracles, the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts-are vividly retold in this single, connected narrative of the Heroic Age, from the coming of the Immortals to the first fall of Troy. With fresh dialogue and a brisk pace, the myths of this version are enthrallingly vivid.
 

The history of the Heroic Age and the chronicle of the great family of the Immortals.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141325286
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Series: Puffin Classics Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 78,877
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 5.04 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan is the author of the New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

Roger Lancelyn Green (author) was a British author primarily known for his retellings of Greek and Egyptian myths, including Tales of the Greek Heroes, The Tales of Troy, and Tales of Ancient Egypt

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    A book that is thrilling and yet very educational.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    great tie in

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2009

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    way good!

    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.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    The Original Superhero Tales are Still the Best!

    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!

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

    Boring

    I hated this book it was boring

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

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    I didn't like this book much.

    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.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    A Great Start

    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.

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