The Random House Book of Greek Myths

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Overview

Greek myths make up the very pillar of Western culture. But they are more than classic stories every child should know. They are rousing tales—rich in character, drama, and high adventure—that have captured readers through the ages. In The Random House Book of Greek Myths, Hugo Award-winning author Joan D. Vinge introduces the Greek gods and goddesses and retells fourteen favorite myths with wit, style, and compassion. This sophisticated but accessible collection is stunningly illustrated with paintings by Oren Sherman that evoke the mystery and majesty of ancient Greece. Perfect for readers of all ages.

Retells some of the most famous Greek myths about gods, goddesses, humans, heroes, and monsters, explaining the background of the tales and how they have survived.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The Greek myths and the characters who populate them have always fascinated me. One of my favorite college courses was Greek Mythology where we used The Classic Myths in English Literature and Art by Charles Gayley based on a book published in 1893. This new collection does a serviceable job introducing myths and the pantheon that populated Mount Olympus. The stories relating to the major gods and goddesses are retold in contemporary language as are the adventures of the children of the gods--such as Perseus and Phaëthon and favorites of the gods such as Bellerophon, Jason, Hippomenes. Readers will be captured by the bravery and daring of Jason and Atalanta and sympathize with Psyche who almost loses her husband Eros because "Love cannot live where there is no trust." With so many references in literature to the Greek gods and goddess, this collection will introduce readers to the important stories and help them understand the references. The stories about the foibles of humans and gods are as meaningful today as when they were first told. The full-page paintings are quite modern looking and offer strange perspectives. The two page spread of Icarus falling almost looks like he is a giant with his feet on the earth and the spread of Pegasus carrying Bellerophon is not nearly as attractive as the same picture on the cover. In the book the colors are less distinct and Pegasus head is lost in the gutter. The art did not suit my taste, but it may be more appealing to today's kids.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679923770
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/12/1999
  • Series: Random House Book Of... Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.85 (w) x 11.21 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan D. Vinge has been called "one of the reigning queens of science fiction." She has written numerous science fiction novels, among them The Snow Queen and the novelette Eyes of Amber, both of which won the Hugo Award. Joan D. Vinge has a degree in anthropology from San Diego State University. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and two children.

Oren Sherman is a nationally acclaimed artist and illustrator working in the tradition of the great American poster artists of the 1920s and 1940s. A graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, he brings his lifelong interest in and passion for Greek myths to his collection, his first forray into illustrating books for young people. Oren Sherman works in Boston's Fenway Studios and divides his time between Boston and Cape Cod.

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