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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids learn about the Greek gods -- their stories and about ancient Greece. Most schools still teach about them and this book is a great introduction.
The Greek gods often behave badly -- but that's the point. They are there as archetypes and lessons can be learned from their actions and stories.
Positive Role Models
The Gods embody human qualities of anger, love, jealousy, greed and more. There are great heroes, heroines, and anti-heroes who are equally instructive about how to behave in the world of mortals.
Violence & Scariness
Heroes kill monsters, gods kill humans, nothing graphic. Elements of classical myth include torture, kidnapping, the Underworld, and so on. Some of the myths are tragic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Gods have zesty appetites but nothing inappropriate.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the stories are eternal, and most of the important ones are here. Kids have always loved these tales and this volume probably has the most entertaining presentation for kids. The book is a classic and one kids will love to hear read aloud.
Is It Any Good?
The d'Aulaires present this rambunctious bunch with admirable clarity. The stories are filled with delightful nuggets of information, and the illustrations repay study. One such is the frightening portrayal of the aging of minor goddess Eos' young prince. She asks Zeus to give him immortality, but forgets to mention eternal youth. The helpful little robots of Hephaestus, god of smiths and fire, appear almost incidentally, along with his robot dog, and readers learn indirectly that Hephaestus is also god of toys.
But it is the book's clarity above all that delights. Though the d'Aulaires pack a lot of story into small spaces, the text and pictures combine to ensure that they never lose their readers. A pronunciation guide, though, would have been helpful.
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