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Treasury of Norse Mythology: Stories of Intrigue, Trickery, Love, and… (2015)

by Donna Jo Napoli

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This collection of Norse Mythology is thorough and richly illustrated. These are the stories of the legends and gods of Scandinavia and the land, sea and climate which informed their tales and fates. Thor, Loki, Freyja and Odin are a sampling of gods and goddesses in this book.
  annereid1 | Feb 12, 2017 |
The book layout is pleasing to the eye and allows the reader to find new stories easily. The information in the book is accurate and seems to reflect other norse stories I've read. I enjoyed the size and heft of the book too; it made the stories sound more real and exciting. I think that reading one or two of the stories out loud to the class would be a good way for people to hear new mythology that isn't prevalent in most anthologies. ( )
  LauraCMiller15 | Mar 14, 2016 |
TREASURY OF NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Donna Jo Napoli is that latest book in the Treasury series featuring classic stories of intrigue, trickery, love, and revenge.

Napoli begins the book by discussing the origins of Norse mythology and introducing readers to the Norse gods. She provides resources for those interested in learning more about the Norse names.

Featuring well-known as well as lesser-known stories, each of the 18 stories is displayed in a large, easy-to-read font and illustrated with amazing paintings. Descriptions accompany each of the large illustrations. Of particular note are the intricate borders found on each page. In addition, many pages contain sidebars featuring historical information of interest to readers. Primary source documents are also woven into the text including an image from a 17th century illuminated manuscript.

The book concludes with a map and timeline, cast of characters, bibliography, and index.

While some of the names of gods, people, and places may be difficult for youth to pronounce, the storylines themselves will be easy to follow for middle grade readers.

With the popularity of Norse characters in movies, television shows, and computer games, librarians will find a large audience for this story collection. In addition to this book, librarians will also be interested in the titles focusing on Greek mythology and Egyptian mythology. The short stories are quick reads. Involve youth in reading a story and exploring more about the key characters.

Published by National Geographic on September 22, 2015. ( )
  eduscapes | Oct 4, 2015 |
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For Barry, il mio vichingo. —DJN
For my very dear friend Joe Boyle ... a Norse traveler if ever there was one. —CB
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During the Middle Ages Latin became the language of writing and of much religious storytelling in many lands of Europe. (Introduction)
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Contents: Creation, The Cosmos, The Gods Clash, Odin's Quest, Loki's Monstrous Children, Wagers & Treasures, Shape-Shifters, Heimdall's Many Children, Freyja's Shame, Thor's Hammer, Thor the Greedy, Idunn's Apples, Skadi & Njord, Frey & Gird, Death By Blunder, The Gods Take Vengeance, Kvasir's Enduring Poetry, Destruction
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"Classic stories and dazzling illustrations of gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters come to life in a stunning tableau of Norse myths, including those of the thunder god Thor, the one-eyed god and Allfather Odin, and the trickster god Loki. The lyrical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes the timeless tales of ancient Scandinavia. This book is the third in the trilogy that includes the popular National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology and National Geographic Treasury of Egyptian Mythology."--… (more)

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