The Children's Dictionary of Mythology

The Children's Dictionary of Mythology



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The Children's Dictionary of Mythology by David Adams Leeming

Why is there winter and summer? Where does fire come from? What makes the thunder rumble in the sky? Who causes night to fall? How did diseases start? When was the world created? Will it ever end?

People have always sought answers to questions like these. They have told stories that explain what they think happened in the past and why the world is the way it is.

Every society in the world has stories like these. Many of them are about goddesses, gods, and other supernatural beings. Many tell about the origins of a group of people. And many of these stories, told and retold for as long as anyone can remember, are what we call myths.

The Children's Dictionary of Mythology introduces the characters, sources, and stories central to many cultures of the world. It allows young readers to see how different people have responded to the world around them through the stories they told. It encourages cross-cultural comparisons and understanding.

In more than 300 entries, this book presents: Scores of mythological traditions: Japanese, African, Greek, Native American, Norse,...; Deities and characters: Spider Woman, Achilles, Phan Ku, Merlin, Dido, Thor, Apollo,...; Themes of mythology: Quest, Flood, Creation, Fertility, Afterlife,...; Recurring places in mythology: Underworld, Labyrinth, City,...; Sources of mythological narratives: Iliad, Ramayana, Enuma Elish, Gilgamesh, Beowulf,...; Mythological events: Cattle Raid of Cooley, Djanggawul's Dreaming Creation, Jason and the Golden Fleece,...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780531117088
Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Series: Children's Dictionaries Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.31(w) x 10.29(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range: 7 - 11 Years

Table of Contents

Note to the Readeriii
How to Use This Bookiv
Note to the Educatoriv
Entries A-Z5
Selected Bibliography123
Pronunciation Guide125

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This book is great for just reading or for research. I give it 5 stars.