The Twelve Labors of Hercules

The Twelve Labors of Hercules

by James Ford
     
 

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In a fit of madness, Hercules has killed his family and offended the gods. As punishment, King Eurystheus has set him twelve seemingly impossible tasks. They will take our hero all over the known world and test the limits of his strength and ingenuity. Can he overcome the odds?

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In a fit of madness, Hercules has killed his family and offended the gods. As punishment, King Eurystheus has set him twelve seemingly impossible tasks. They will take our hero all over the known world and test the limits of his strength and ingenuity. Can he overcome the odds?

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Children's Literature
The 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.
—Rosa Roberts
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Each of these British imports begins with an almost-identical preface describing "The World of Ancient Mythology" and then moves on to an introduction that sets the scene. The narratives remain true to the original tales with little adaptation. The writing style in all three is clear but pedestrian. Boxes that provide additional background on people and places appear on every page. Unfortunately, in all three books, caricatures reminiscent of Saturday-morning cartoons illustrate even the most tragic or horrific of events, such as Hercules feeding Diomedes to his hungry horses (Hercules) or Medea tossing parts of a dismembered Pelias into a boiling cauldron (Jason). Cartoon buffoonery deflates the power of these stories, and dialogue bubbles-such as Hercules muttering "Come on, you fat pig!" as he drags the Erymanthian Boar-are equally jarring. Children would be better served by Malam's Gods and Goddesses (School Specialty, 1999).-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435151208
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
09/12/2013
Series:
Ancient Greek Myths
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,289,798
Product dimensions:
9.62(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 Years

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