World Myths

World Myths

by Kenneth C. Davis
     
 

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Whether it's the adventures of Greek gods and goddesses or Norse trickster tales, we all love to hear a good story. Kenneth C. Davis gives readers a taste of the diverse myths that live on in the cultures and religions around the world today. In his trademark question-and-answer style, peppered with entertaining sidebars and quotes, he also shows how almost

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Whether it's the adventures of Greek gods and goddesses or Norse trickster tales, we all love to hear a good story. Kenneth C. Davis gives readers a taste of the diverse myths that live on in the cultures and religions around the world today. In his trademark question-and-answer style, peppered with entertaining sidebars and quotes, he also shows how almost every civilization's mythology shares common themes. A wealth of photographs and art reproductions, along with clever black-and-white illustrations by Sergio Ruzzier, helps convey mythology's lasting vitality. This is the perfect young companion to Don't Know Much About® Mythology -- and other titles in Davis's best-selling Don't Know Much About® series.

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Gr 4-8-In his characteristic question-and-answer format, Davis takes on world myths and includes those of the South Pacific, Meso- and South America, and sub-Saharan Africa. The author touches on a number of stories and adventures from Aeneas to Enkidu and Gilgamesh to Shiva. However, the format, which may have served history or biography well, is a little out of place here. It interrupts the flow of language and story that is at the heart of myth. In his introduction, Davis relates how, as a fidgety fifth-grader, he was literally saved by a teacher who read aloud from The Odyssey. Readers would be well served to read that text or the D'Aulaires', books by Edith Hamilton, Joseph Bruchac, or John Bierhorst and, like fifth-grader Kenneth, be enchanted and informed by the myths themselves. There is a credible discussion of the differences among myth, legend, folktale, and fable; mythology, too, is identified as "history," for that's what it was to many ancient peoples. Davis also weighs in on the universality of myth as one of the best ways to infer that we humans are more alike than different. Highlighted sidebars appear on almost every page-some are short summaries, some are links to other mythologies with common elements. Others give meanings to phrases and words like "taboo" and "berserk" that come from myth. All in all, this title serves as a kind of quick reference book-it helps situate a character, phrase, or idea. Once the identification is ascertained, direct readers to the "real" stuff.-Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307283825
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kenneth C. Davis is the bestselling author of America's Hidden History and Don't Know Much About® History, which spent thirty-five consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold nearly 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don't Know Much About® series for adults and children. He lives in New York City and Dorset, Vermont.

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