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Children's LiteratureThe introduction to each of the titles in the "Ancient Myths" series provides an overview of Ancient Greek civilization. In this title a map of Ancient Greece is included before the heroic tale of Hercules. Each of the twelve labors is told in an-easy-to-understand format for the young reader. The illustrations depict each of the twelve labors Hercules goes through in his adventures. Within each labor, the young reader will find more descriptive detail. For example, in the Stymphalian birds tale it brings us the dual viewpoints of the birds—being seen as man-eaters or mere disturbances for the people who lived nearby. On the right side of each page, an "Ask the storyteller" question is posed for the reader; the answer is also provided. The questions posed are higher order thinking questions that a young reader might possibly have after reading the myth. A table of contents, introduction, glossary, a "who's who" with pronunciation key, and an index are included. 2005 (orig. 2004), Picture Window Books, Ages 8 up.