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Greek Myths by Marcia Williams

Greek Myths

by Marcia Williams

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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 |
Reason for Reading: All my readers should know by now that mythology is a favourite subject of mine, especially Greek. Plus I had also read Williams' first Shakespeare book ages ago when it first came out so knew what to expect.

An absolutely beautiful oversized book, graphically designed to be aesthetically pleasing. The author/illustrator often takes a week per single page to design the gorgeous artwork. Each page is rimmed in a thematic border pertinent to that part of the story. The book includes 8 common Greek myths (though one was new to me, or at least far back in my memory banks) and sets them up in comic strip fashion rather than more common comic book/graphic novel format. Each page flows in lines of the comic strip with a written narrative underneath each strip and within the frames bubbles are used to emphasize the story and generally add silly humour to the character's reactions to what is going on around them.

While the stories are brief, they tend to stick to the major details of the original myths, the basic plot lines are there and the important themes are kept in play. The violence is there though only shown with a drip of blood here and there and obviously dead bodies; this may be an issue with some parents. I found it all in good taste at this level as long as your goal is not to hide death and violence. The story that may have been new to me as I didn't really recall it was "Arion and the Dolphin". The others are very popular: Pandora, Orpheus/Eurydice, Heracles 12 Tasks, Daedalus/Icarus, Medusa, the Minotaur and finally the story of Arachne.

A great read, thoroughly hilarious, but keeps the original themes of the myths themselves. Wonderful art and a great way to introduce children to the myths, exciting reading for older reluctant readers and a fun way for adult classicists to see the tales told in a new light. ( )
  ElizaJane | Apr 1, 2011 |
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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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