Favorite Greek Myths

by Mary Pope Osborne

Hardcover, 1989



Call number

292.13 Osb

Call number

292.13 Osb

Local notes

292.13 Osb (c.1) (paperback)



Scholastic Press (1989), Edition: Reissue, Hardcover, 96 pages


Retells twelve tales from Greek mythology, including the stories of King Midas, Echo and Narcissus, the Golden Apples, and Cupid and Psyche.

Original publication date


Physical description

96 p.; 11.19 inches


0590413384 / 9780590413381



User reviews

LibraryThing member jpeer
This is a great book of several Greek myths (some Roman names used) that expresses the beliefs and stories of the Ancient Greeks. These myths were invented to help explain the unknown so there would be no fear. The stories also are great forms of entertainment and explaination of great love and
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power. This book is a small selection of myths but are classic ones which are easy reads. There are few illustrations but those used depict the Greek god/culture beautifully.
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LibraryThing member amycampbell
A great collection of Greek Myths. I especially liked the story, The Golden Touch: The Story of Bacchus and King Midas. It taught a great lesson on greed and that money doesn't buy happiness. King Midas is granted a wish, everything he touches turns to gold. Much to his surprise this includes his
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food and water. He has to call for Bacchus to reverse the wish and Bacchus does because he thinks King Midas has learned his lesson.
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LibraryThing member tiburon
Apollo tells Cupid to stay away from his powerful serpent-slaying arrows, as they are more dangerous than he can handle. Cupid believes his own arrows are just as powerful, and he sets out to teach Apollo a lesson in humility.
LibraryThing member djmeyers
Having read alot of Mary Pope Osbourne's other works, her mythology book was equally facinating. The artwork really draws you in, thus complementing each myth perfectly. With a limited amount of time, you could read this book in it's entirety in a little over an hour. The myths are all very nicely
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written and hold your attention.
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LibraryThing member allie_mansfield
Who doesn't like a little mythology in their life? Great stories of ancient times.
LibraryThing member katykids
Not really knowing anything about Greek Mythology, I enjoyed this collection very much. I think that it would appeal to a wide age range of children.
LibraryThing member alishamcbride
This collection of Greek myths retold by Mary Pope Osborne is a treasure. Osborne does an outstanding job of writing the myths in a format that is enjoyable and easy to read. The collection contains 12 Greek myths with accompanying illustrations. In addition, there are sections titled God,
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Goddesses, and Mortals, Modern Words with Greek Origins, and Who Wrote the Greek Myths?. Overall, this is a beautiful collection and a joy to read.
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LibraryThing member paraespanol
This book is good because there is a lot of information in one book, but the problem is that there is information that could be difficult for children to understand. this is a good resource for pictures and for discussions to make sure the children are understanding.
LibraryThing member teason
Favorite Greek Myths is an analogy that consists of a dozen tales from Greek mythology. Most of them come from Ovid's Metamorphoses. The book includes the stories of Echo and Narcissus, Ceres and Proserpine, Cupid and Psyche, and King Midas. Osborne's retellings are full of life and very
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descriptive. Children will get excited when they read this book. Howell's illustrations were very good and set the scene and mood at the start of each tale.
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LibraryThing member katieginn
This collection consists of a dozen tales from Greek mythology, modt drawn from Ovid's Metamorphoses. This book provides a highly readable introduction to the maor Greek roman gods and goddesses. A great lesson in ancient time.
LibraryThing member lpeal
This is a book that consist of 13 myths. The book was a bit misleading because it should have said Roman myths because they clearly use Romasn names. The book is a good started book when introduced myths.
LibraryThing member Amy.Lee
These are nice and easy versions of important Greek myths. They are quick to read and really help the reader become aware of the beliefs of ancient Greeks.
LibraryThing member JusticeEvans
Among the several myths which are handsomely illustrated is “Chariot of the Sun God-The Story of Phaeton and Helios.” This is the story of Phaeton, his desire to drive his father's sun chariot across the sky and the horrible consequences of doing so.

Great for a mythology section, this story is
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a wonderful introduction to the realities of Greek and Roman myths, as well as an interest sparker in continuing to read this book on one's own.
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LibraryThing member vanessa6
The stories were easy to read. The illustrations were great for the time period the stories are relevant to. My guess is that the art was done with oil pastels. Having the additional information at the back of the book was helpful to see the relationships between each story and how they were
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related. It was also fun to see how the English language uses a lot of words that are derived from Greek origins.
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LibraryThing member IreneReads
I honestly LOVED this book! The myths that are in this book are just as good as stories that we hear today! And I'm not just saying that because i'm a fan of greek mythology, I'm saying that because it's the truth!
LibraryThing member suzan2
Apollo faces problems caused by Cupid when he falls in love with Daphne who is not interested in love at all.
LibraryThing member beckytillett
This book of Greek Myths has a collection of famous stories that kids will enjoy. These stories include that of Narcissus, as well as lesser known stories about other Gods and Goddesses. Mary Pope Osborne is a familiar name from her Treehouse books, so kids often are interested in hearing more from
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LibraryThing member cpwpsu
read for weekly assignment.
A great introduction into the mythology genre. What is typically studied from Greek myths are the more powerful or well-known Gods. I like the pairing of these figures with lesser known but still Gods of Greek myth. The educational benefits of increased knowledge is never
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a bad thing.
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LibraryThing member ashleyann65
Phaeton wants proof that Helios is his father. So Helios tells him he will give him anything, in which Phaeton wants to ride his chariot to turn night into day. Helios is reluctant and when he is running out of time Phaeton jumps in the chariot with Helios warning him to not go too high or too low.
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Phaeton becomes afraid, lets go of the reigns, and then sets the earth on fire. Jupiter shoots a lightening bolt at the chariot causing Phaeton to fall out of the sky and die.
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LibraryThing member Emackay24
Specifically read the story of Orpheus, detailing his quest to rescue his wife from the underworld. She was killed too soon, in his estimation, and he must try to convince Pluto and Proserpina to lend her back to him for a time, and then navigate her out of the underworld successfully.
LibraryThing member APatricia
The Mysterious Visitors - two old mortals Baucis and Philemon welcomed two tall strangers into their cottage. Baucis and Philemon prepared the two visitors a meal and offered them their only goose. Just as they were about to kill the goose the two strangers revealed that they were not mortals but
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gods of Mount Olympus; god Mercury and Jupiter. The gods came to earth to test the kindness of the mortals and all but Baucis and Philemon were unfriendly. The gods told them not to fear them but to leave their house and go with them to Mount Olympus since their country will soon be destroyed. Their country was underwater except for their cottage that turned into a temple. Baucis and Philemon asked the gods to be keepers of the temple and to die together since they did not want to be alone without each other. Baucis and Philemon dies and transformed into trees.
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LibraryThing member Davis22
A good collection of Greek classics is essential for early childhood reading. This link to our primitive (and perhaps more elegant) storytelling must not be forgotten, or broken. The illustrations in this collection are top notch, and capture the imagination of the listeners and readers alike
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throughout. Highly recommended.
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LibraryThing member Marse
This is a nice introduction to Greek Myths for 7-9 year olds. Mary Pope Osborne was a favorite when my child was young. We both enjoyed her Magic Tree House series. The illustrations are nice too, reminiscent of N. C. Wyeth's style. However, I only gave the book 2 and 1/2 stars because of the
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inexplicable mixing of Greek and Roman names in the stories. The author does say she used mostly Ovid's Metamorphoses as a resource, but still why call them "Greek" myths but use the Roman names for the gods, while keeping some of the other characters' Greek names? I found this irritating, though a child would certainly not be bothered by it due to ignorance. Also at the end there is a list of "modern words with Greek origins" and again, there are many words in the list of Latin origin, though this is not distinguished (for example: cereal from Ceres, the Latin name of Demeter). I understand that the author didn't want to get into these pesky details since the book is geared towards elementary age children (all the myths are 'cleaned up' by the way, no sexual violence), but then just use only the Greek names. Or if the Roman names are more suited for whatever reason, then use only the Roman names -- not this mix.
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LibraryThing member jwied2
Summary: This book is a collection of all the old famous Greek Myths.
Review: It was great to read this for our assignment because I had not ever read myself any of these classic Greek Myths so it was very educational and also entertaining.




½ (56 ratings; 3.7)
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