D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths

by Ingri d'Aulaire

Hardcover, 1962

Status

Available

Call number

292 D'Au

Call number

292 D'Au

Local notes

292 D'Au

Collection

Publication

Doubleday Books for Young Readers (1962), Edition: First, Hardcover, 192 pages

Description

A collection of Greek myths. "For any child fortunate enough to have this generous book...the kings and heroes of ancient legend will remain forever matter-of-fact; the pictures interpret the text literally and are full of detail and witty observation."--Horn Book. "The drawings...are excellent and excitingly evocative."--The New York Times. From the Hardcover edition.

Original publication date

1962

Physical description

192 p.; 12.42 inches

ISBN

0385015836 / 9780385015837

Barcode

3445, 3446

User reviews

LibraryThing member Hamburgerclan
If my library were for myself alone, I would only have one book of Greek mythology: Edith Hamilton's "Mythology". But I have children, so I also want to have the D'aulaires book on my shelf. This book is a complete survey of Greek mythology, adorned with wonderfully engaging illustrations. Even though it's written for kids, it was a delight to page through and read. I would recommend it for any child's library. I may have to see about getting a copy for the campus English library, too.
--J.
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LibraryThing member maryanntherese
Illustrated retelling of the great Greek myths for children. The engaging drawings the D'Aulaire's are famous for make the text come alive for young readers.
LibraryThing member Redbud
There is no better book for teaching children Greek mythology. It is well written and illustrated.
LibraryThing member Dapperlibrarian
The book I read on Greek Mythology in Grade 2 and started my love affair with Ancient Greek History
LibraryThing member gabiv
A great book for family fun. Sit by the fire and read this fantastic book of Greek Myths!
LibraryThing member declaro
I've had this book since at least 1st grade, and out of all the myth books for kids that I read, this is the best. Sure, it's watered down somewhat (Greek myths are bawdy!), but it otherwise stays true to the myths. If you want to introduce your kids to Greek Mythology, this is the book to do it with.
LibraryThing member randomoasis
This was one of my favorite books growing up. The spine is completely broken, and it's been taped and repaired to the point where in 50 years, if it was the last copy in existence, you might get 50 cents for it ($1 if you include inflation). It's got fabulous illustrations, and the myths aren't prettied up for kids. It tells about how Zeus was a philanderer and Hera was trying to kill Heracles (ahem, Disney crap! Cough! Cough! Excuse me, I think I've got a frog in my throat...). Plus it gets all the Greek names right, and then tells you the Roman names. It's fantastic. A really good starter book for kids.… (more)
LibraryThing member SugarPlumFairy
This book is simply too good to leave out of any elementary study of myths or ancient Greek culture. The illustrations are beautiful and the text is both accessible and mature.
LibraryThing member beggar1015
This book holds a special place in my heart. I discovered it in the library back when I was in middle school. I had the book constantly checked out. As soon as I got to the end I would start all over again. Everyone should have a book like that.
LibraryThing member stephanielynn
I have owned this book as long as I can remember. It was by far my favorite book as a child.
LibraryThing member Bridget-Eileen
Good "starter" book/ pre-teaching book for Greek literature lessons. Nice illustrations, too.
LibraryThing member plenilune
i should first admit that i am huge geek when it comes to greek mythology. i have loved it since i first discovered it back in the first grade. this book was later given to me as a gift and i've treasured it ever since.

i would recommend this book as a great starting point for not only children, but people of all ages. the stories are told in an entertaining, easy-to-follow manner and the illustrations are gorgeous. my only complaint is that the illustrations do tend to skew toward the blond hair/blue eyes aesthetic.… (more)
LibraryThing member amandrake
I had this book as a textbook when I was twelve, and I can't count the number of times I re-read it. It may seem like a little thing, but the Greek Myths do turn up in all sorts of literature, and it can be very useful to get them into your head at a young age...
LibraryThing member eecnelsen
This book has beautiful illustrations. The stories of the God's are well written, and give a great education to the reader. Ingri, and Edgar always do a great job showing the reader accurate history with awsome pictures.
LibraryThing member laf
This book has a whole bunch of Greek Myths. I like this version because it has beautiful and pretty pictures. I like the way that some are colored in and some aren't. They look very lifelike. It includes pretty much all the Greek myths straight from the beginning and tells you the history of Greek gods.
LibraryThing member tuffsme
I don't know how accurate the tales in this book are, but they're very fun to read. Whether you're studying for a class paper or just a fan of Greek Mythology, this book has something for everyone who enjoys they mysteries of long ago. I loved it.
LibraryThing member paraespanol
The bright colors were really nice, but the images were so steroetypical for mythology. I like giving the children more alternative images and stories and also more opportunity to lead the children with their own imaginations.
LibraryThing member gildallie
I remember a version of this anthology being around when I was a child- many, many moons ago. A wonderful overview of the many stories and personalities of the colorful dieties that graced the top of Mount Olympus and the lands below and beneath it. Perhaps a bit much for the very young, but a good overview for the older kids. With beautiful pictures throughout, we are introduced to Hermes, Aphrodite and Mercury, and the exciting tales of Hercules as well as the woeful story of Daedulus and his overconfident son, Icarus. This is an excellent way to introduce a child to where those many new versions of the old myths came from.… (more)
LibraryThing member annashapiro
This book is really helping me round out my knowledge of Greek myths. I never get tired of reading about Theseus & the Minotaur, or Perseus & Medusa, or the stories of Artemis or Dionysus. But there were so many stories that I was unfamiliar with too! I read about Bellerophon, who tamed Pegasus with the help of Athena, and fought the Chimera, a fire-breathing beast. The book carries such wonderful details, like this: 'The Chimera hissed like a serpent, bleated like a goat, and as she opened wide her lion's jaws to roar, he thrust the lump of lead down her throat. Her flaming breath melted the lead and it trickled into her stomach and killed her.' I also loved the story of Melampus, Bellerophon's cousin, who was known for his kindness to animals. The story accounts that the animals 'licked his ears so clean that he could understand the language of all animals'. I loved the more sensitive stories, like that of Selene, who is the moon. This book just captures the sentiments so perfectly with its illustrations & descriptions. 'Slowly she drove her milk-white horses across the sky, and her pale moonbeams fell gently on the sleeping earth...'. One of my favorite illustrations is that of Pandora's page. The beautiful colored pencil drawings reveal the things that escaped from the box: drudgery, scheming, old age, distrust, lies, envy, accusation, despair, deceit, scolding, fibs, gossip...etc. I also love the colorful illustration of Aphrodite, being born out of the sea foam over a beautiful sunset.… (more)
LibraryThing member linnaea44
This is a fabulous picture book with short stories about the Greek gods and goddesses. The short stories about the gods and goddesses make it easier to read and imagine what they were like. The details in the illustrations are magnificant they almost tell the story without the words. I have read these myths before, but without pictures and they are not as inviting as this. I believe this book would be a great asset to all classrooms.… (more)
LibraryThing member tripleAgirl
Best of the bestest!!!!
LibraryThing member Borg-mx5
When I was a child, my mother would take me to the library while she did her shopping in town. I discovered and loved this book. It sparked my imagination. When I grew up, I discovered this edition again. It still makes me smile. Any child would benefit from this book.
LibraryThing member eevers
This anthology includes many Greek myths with hand-drawn illustrations to accompany them. This is a great resources to have access to in a classroom!
LibraryThing member Day4
It's a wonderful children's take on some classic myths. It brngs some history into the classroom and gives them interest into a vivid part of Greek history.
LibraryThing member stgayde
This is a fantastic collection on Greek myths. It begins relatively chronologically. Subsequently the myths lead wonderfully into the next. The illustrations are enticing and relevant.

Lexile

1070L

Pages

192

Rating

(447 ratings; 4.5)
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