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The Greek myths continue to intrigue and inspire readers and writers and even filmmakers. Names from mythology have crept into the English language. Novelists continue or retell the stories. Younger children appreciate the spirit of the Greek myths — perhaps because they reveal universal truths. But above all, Greek myths are good stories with strong characters. Read about them here — but remember, the ancient Greeks were a hearty people — and so their myths are not for the faint of heart!
Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of The Iliad
The essence of Homer's Iliad is captured by Sutcliff's rich language combined with dramatic watercolor illustrations. The same team also presents Homer’s other well known epic tale in The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey. These retellings present the entire stories that involve the gods and goddesses and their impact on humans. They are fast-paced, sometimes grisly tales that together make fine stories for more sophisticated readers.
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
This richly illustrated, clearly presented look at Greek mythology begins with the first children of Mother Earth, the Titans, to the end of the Greek gods and goddesses’ reign. Similarly, this husband/wife duo introduces younger readers to the mythology of the north in D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths.
Max and Ruby in Pandora's Box
When Max invades his sister's private space, Ruby tells him the story of what happened long ago to another too-curious character named Pandora. Wells' retelling and humorous illustrations make the ancient Greek myth a timely tale for contemporary readers.
Elegant illustrations decorate this free verse retelling of the young woman whose curiosity about the contents of a forbidden jar brought trouble into the world. A large format and limited text make this sophisticated telling more accessible.
The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greeks Myths, Retold
Why there are seasons, how trouble came into the world, and more stories about nature and human beings are eloquently retold through the stories of Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus, and Psyche. Delicate illustrations and rich language make these myths — and the characterization of the Greek gods and goddesses — just right to read aloud to sophisticated listeners.
The Chocolate Touch
Just like the golden touch of King Midas of the old Greek myth, young John Midas' greed about candy turns sweet into bitter when he magically gains the ability to turn everything he touches into chocolate. This very funny take on an old tale is a classic in its own right and makes clear the Midas moral.
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus
Brief retellings of Greek myths and a brief introduction to the gods and goddesses are presented in this thin, attractive volume. Though not as comprehensive as the d'Aulaires book, this is a useful beginning point.
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