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Retells fifteen tales from Greek mythology, including the stories of Hermes, Demeter and Kore, Daedalus, Atalanta, and Pandora
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Anne Rockwell is a pioneer in the field of nonfiction for very young children. She has more than a hundred books to her credit, including Why Are the Ice Caps Melting? and Clouds in the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4-The D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (Doubleday, 1980) has long reigned as the standard collection for children. Rockwell's volume doesn't compete with it in scope, but the relatively fewer stories in it are appealingly and accurately retold. Rockwell's colorful, flat, schematic illustrations are an interesting blend of the archaic, the modern, and the cute. Although the book seems designed for a young audience, the harsher aspects of the myths are not deleted. Eurydice, Actaeon, and Icarus's deaths; Hera's cruelty; Aphrodite's faithlessness; and the disturbing birth of Pan are all described, as are the stories of Echo, Midas, Dionysus, Hermes, Bellerophon, Demeter, Atalanta, and Pandora. Although this is much the same ground covered by Marcia Williams's Greek Myths for Young Children (Candlewick, 1992) and Geraldine McCaughrean's Greek Myths (McElderry, 1993), Williams's terse and witty versions and McCaughrean's romantic ones, besides aiming for a slightly younger and slightly older audience respectively, both put a "spin" on the stories absent from Rockwell's straightforward narratives. A pronunciation guide, reading list, and overview of the gods are included.
Patricia Dooley, formerly at University of Washington, Seattle
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