World Myths and Legends: 25 Projects You Can Build Yourself

Overview


All societies have their own myths and legends, but they're much more than just stories. Myths and legends tell us about a people’s history, science, and cultural values—the things they knew, the things they believed, and the things they felt were important. World Myths and Legends retells tales from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. From the Greek myths to ancient epics like Gilgamesh and the trickster tales of Anansi the Spider, it helps readers think about why the same ...
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Overview


All societies have their own myths and legends, but they're much more than just stories. Myths and legends tell us about a people’s history, science, and cultural values—the things they knew, the things they believed, and the things they felt were important. World Myths and Legends retells tales from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. From the Greek myths to ancient epics like Gilgamesh and the trickster tales of Anansi the Spider, it helps readers think about why the same themes, characters, and events may show up in different parts of the globe.

Along the way kids will also find lots of fun and interesting projects that let them experience the stories first-hand. World Myths and Legends unveils wonders of the ancient world as it takes readers on a fascinating adventure of mystery and imagination. World Myths and Legends meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Bobbie Lowe
Every culture in every location in the world has its own unique myths and legends. Chapters relate to different locations around the world, and the author has collected stories passed down from generation to generation. From the Middle East to Japan to Sub-Saharan Africa, this book delves into each location's unique history and the legends and myths that have survived. It also provides twenty-five projects you can do yourself to expand on the myths and legends discussed. This book is broad in coverage, starting with a very intricate time line ranging from 70,000 BCE to 1946 CE. The graphics are very pleasing and the layout incorporates definitions and small tidbits of information splashed throughout the pages. There is also a map of the world which enables readers to locate where they when reading a given story. Readers will also appreciated the definitions and discussion about what myths and legends really are, why they are important, what they say about our history, and how these myths and legends help us in our world today. As a teacher, a subject like this is always a very tricky one. We have to respect all our students' and families' beliefs and respect the fact that some may deem this subject inappropriate. There are a lot of definitions and the author takes a very careful approach to teach the history and culture behind these stories as well as religious and spiritual beliefs. Reviewer: Bobbie Lowe
From the Publisher

Calliope Magazine
"...Another in the well-done "Build It Yourself" Series. Sidebars, eye-catching illustrations, and explanatory text accompany the hands-on activities that will take you on a world-wide adventure you won't forget."

Wired Magazine
"World Myths and Legends can quickly become a favorite due to it being about some of the most exciting and fantastical stories in existence. I’ve had this book for several weeks and we’re not even 25% into completing the crafts. . . I haven’t seen my nine year old excited about a book like this for a while."

Charlotte Library
"Although this book might sound like a fairly ordinary craft book, it is much more--it is also an excellent introduction to the cultures and myths of a diverse selection of peoples, and one I highly recommend to home-schoolers in particular. . . The projects themselves are extremely varied, and go beyond simple craft-ness. For instance, one activity for the Greek section is to use Euclidian geometry to make an equilateral triangle--fun with compasses! The point is that these are rather cool projects, such as I have never seen elsewhere."

William Hansen, Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies & Folklore, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
“Sophisticated and fun.”

Robert A. Segal, Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen, author of Myth: A Very Short Introduction.
“This book is a terrific introduction for children to the subject of myths and legends. I cannot imagine a work that would more readily win the interest of children in the subject.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934670439
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Build It Yourself Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,406,964
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathy Ceceri is About.com's Homeschooling Expert and a fan of art mixed with science. Her books include Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future, named "Best of the Best" by the Chicago Public Library, and Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families. She lives in Upstate New York.

Shawn Braley is an award-winning illustrator. He attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. He specializes in cartoon and editorial illustration. Braley is also a world traveler, musician, cat owner, and comic art collector.

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