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Greek Myths (original 1851; edition 2015)
by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Author), Walter Crane (Illustrator)
Greek Myths: A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1851)
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I am a fan of mythology specifically greek mythology because this is meant for children it's a bit easier for them to comprehend but that doesn't mean I would not still love mythology. ( )
Nathaniel Hawthorne rewrote some of the most famous Greek myths, sanitizing and adapting them for American children. Somehow he manages to tell these stories without ever mentioning that a lot of the characters are gods. I kept thinking how much I should hate them, but I ended up enjoying them. Hawthorne's versions are well told, with a lot of humor tucked in. I especially liked the framing story of the college student who tells the stories, whom I suspect Hawthorne modeled after his younger self.
This is the perfect book for students who love the Percy Jackson books, want more Greek Mythology (told in fleshed-out, lyrical stories) and are capable of more complex writing. I read this to my kids after we read the Lightning Thief. Despite the fact that Hawthorne's language isn't easy, I think they liked these stories almost more than they liked Riordan. Definitely for stronger readers, though!
Seems like it would be a waste of time even for a kid. There are far better children's story collections than this one.
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Retells six classic Greek myths: The gorgon's head; The golden touch; The paradise of children; The three golden apples; The miraculous pitcher; and The chimaera.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)398.20938 — Social sciences Customs, Etiquette, Folklore Folklore Folk literature History, geographic treatment, biography Folklore of the ancient world Folklore of ancient Greece
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