Favorite Norse Myths

by Mary Pope Osborne

Other authorsTroy Howell (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1996



Call number

293.13 Osb

Call number

293.13 Osb



Scholastic Trade (1996), Hardcover, 87 pages


A collection of rarely retold tales from the "Elder Edda" and the "Younger Edda," two six-hundred-year-old Norse manuscripts.


Physical description

87 p.; 8.5 x 0.75 inches


0590480464 / 9780590480468



User reviews

LibraryThing member ChelseaRose
I had not been exposed to Norse mythology much previous to reading this book. I learned a great deal from this book, and think that many students likely have some Norse ancestry, so this is a great book to think about history and values in society.
LibraryThing member mroque
Summary: Originating from the pre-Christian culture of the Vikings, these myths involve constant squabbling among the Norse gods and goddesses and the frost-giants. Dwarves, dark elves and magical animals are in it, while plots feature clever disguises, spells and crafty ploys, many masterminded by this collection's liveliest character, the trickster, Loki.
Genre: Mythology/ Traditional Literature
Review: I love Mary Pope Osborne so I was excited to see that she writes mythology, and surprisingly well, too. I loved how vivid the characters were. They all play such big roles in the story and I loved reading it. I didn't read all fourteen, but I did read 5 of them. This is great to read to children as a creative writing lesson. They could write their own stories with creative and unique characters in it.
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LibraryThing member Stsmurphy
Osborne chooses her stories carefully, structuring them so they will build off of each other, and her illustrator Troy Howell, first creates a basic Viking-wood-carving style line work over which he draws more colorful and imaginative pictures. It's a clever tool and it brings the spirit of the original art work to life.
LibraryThing member williamlong33
Stories about the creation of the world, the gods, and humans. These stories share an insight into Norse values. The book itself would be good for a read aloud or individual reading, depending on the age group (probably late 4th-6th grade). In some cases the Norse myths are inescapably brutal, but they also show the value placed on knowledge even by the earliest societies( why was it worthwhile for Odin to lose an eye?). Would be great to use in an assignment asking students to generate pictorial representations of the stories.… (more)

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