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Greek Myths

by Marcia Williams

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This book is a good way to introduce young children or even older kids an introduction into myths and legends. This book uses colorful images as well as playful storylines to draw attention to the reader. I feel that this book could be great for a child who may be overwhelmed with books that lack pictures or for a child who may prefer comics to actual words. Overall a great intro to mythology. ( )
  lpittman | Apr 17, 2017 |
Characters: Pandora, Zeus, Epimetheus, Prometheus

Setting: Ancient Greece

Theme: Hope is always in presence in times of evil.

Summary: Pandora was the daughter Zeus, the king of the Gods, ordered Hephaestus to make and the first woman on Earth. She married Epimetheus whose brother, Prometheus, stole fire from Zeus and distributed to mankind. Enraged Zeus took vengeance on Epimetheus and mankind by giving Pandora a little locked box. His instruction to never open it only egged her curiosity. One day, she opened it and out flew all the evil such as diseases, sickness, hate, and envy. The world was an absolute chaos until Pandora reopened the box to find a fluttering spirit of hope.

Review: Greek myth never fails to be enchanting. This book, designed for younger readers, includes eight Greek myths (Pandora's box, Arion and the Dolphins, Orpheus and Eurydice, Heracles and his twelve tasks, Daedalus and Icarus, Perseus and the Gorgon's head, Theseus and the Minotaur, and Arachne and Athene) with simple vocabulary and enjoyable illustration in a comic strip format that embeds a sense of humor. I chose my favorite one, Pandora's box, to elaborate. I feel that every book contains its unique lesson, and Greek myths do so in an attractive way. Students will enjoy reading the book and exploring the ancient Greece and its culture while taking an important lesson that in times of despair and evil, it is always early to give up on hope for it exists at all times. If planning to choose this book as a readaloud or for a story hour, take into consideration that some parents might not approve their children's exposure to slight violence the book may portray.

Curriculum times: Social studies (Ancient Greek, Greek mythology, Greek culture) ( )
  irachelsweet | Feb 26, 2013 |
Mythology assignment
  marissakb | Jun 13, 2012 |
This is a creative book with eight different greek myths retold. Williams used simple wording and a unique format, comic strip to tell her stories. Her illustration also help tell the story. ( )
  SarahChaisson | Apr 30, 2012 |
This is a book that takes common mythology tales and turns them into comics. This is a fun way to introduce mythology to a class and maybe even reading some others ones and have children create their own comics. ( )
  kclopez | Mar 19, 2012 |
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Retells eight Greek myths in a comic strip format, including "Pandora's Box," "The Twelve Tasks of Heracles," and "Theseus and the Minotaur."

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