Saturday, September 15, 2012

I came back from my travels on Wednesday afternoon this week and my daughter met me with a statement that she needs to go to the library because she is out of new book to read. I was surprised to see that she picked several Greek myths books from the shelves –
Greek Myths
We really enjoyed Egyptian stories by Marcia Williams, so I couldn’t wait to pick up Greek Myths that had to travel from another library to get to us. I thought illustrations were more interesting in Egyptian story, but the book covered a couple of myths that were new to Smarty including less cheerful ones of Pandora, Athena and Arachne, Orpheus and Eurydice, and Icarus. Interestingly, Smarty noticed that in one of the myths Hades was called Pluto and commented that this one is a Roman name for God of the Underworld.
Following my question a couple of weeks back, I ordered D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths from the library, but after looking through this I decided not to give it to Smarty, especially after listening to her anxious thoughts about some of the myths she already read or listened to. Some of the illustrations in the book are beautiful, but not necessarily meant for impressionable 5 year olds. I am thinking, however, about adding both this book and National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology to our home library.

Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece: Modern Rhymes about Ancient Times was a welcome respite from intensity of Greek myths. Each page contains a catchy short poem about events (Olympic Games, Marathon Battle), political figures and heroes of ancient Greece. There is also a pronunciation guide for those pesky long names. We will be looking for other books in these series by Susan Altman and Susan Lechner for sure.
What have you been reading? Link up and share!


Ticia said...

I need to look into the other books besides D'Laureir, because I really love the illustrations of it (it's been a few years since I read it, so I don't remember it too clearly). The other books look great.

Momand Kiddo said...

I haven't been able to get Kiddo interested in the Greek Myths yet. One day soon, I hope.

Joyful Learner said...

I'm so glad you are ahead of us on the SOTW curriculum. I'm planning to get D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths since it was recommended by the curriculum. We've read the first which we liked. May look into the last selection. Currently, we are fascinated by the Indus Valley Civilization!

Bethany said...

We love reading Greek myths too. It looks like you have chosen some fabulous books. I'm excited about co-hosting The Children's Bookshelf with you. : )

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I'm thrilled to see some of my favorite book bloggers working together like this!

My kids don't even know Greece exists. We need to work on that!

SANDRA said...

Interesting reads. Stoping by to let you know we would like to participate in your weekly reading meme again.