Mary Pope Osborne Favorite Norse Myths

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Favorite Norse Myths

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9780590480475: Favorite Norse Myths

From the creation of the universe, to its heroic battles for order, the fourteen intriguing myths in this collection come together to tell one powerful story. Young readers will be fascinated by characters like Odin, the greatest of gods, and the mighty Thor, who is able to take down vicious monsters much larger than himself. The powerful, beautifully written stories are graced by Troy Howell's arresting, dramatic paintings.

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In this stunning volume, Osborne and Howell return from Favorite Greek Myths and Mermaid Tales from Around the World to uncover a cache of tales from another dynamic tradition. Originating from the pre-Christian culture of the Vikings, these 14 legends taken from the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda largely revolve around the incessant squabbling among the energetic Norse gods and goddesses and the ominous frost-giants. Dwarves, dark elves and magical animals also play key roles, while plots feature clever disguises, spells and crafty ploys, many masterminded by this collection's liveliest character, the trickster god Loki. An abundance of well-pitched dialogue makes these potentially dense tales admirably accessible to the target audience. Howell's majestic art, rendered on rag board in acrylics with oil washes, conveys an impressive range of moods as it echoes the stories' key themes, among them the sometimes nebulous nature of good and evil, the effects of the gods' actions on the natural world and the rebirth of life after an apocalyptic confrontation between the deities and their foes marks the end of "time's morning." Subtle line drawings, re-creations of primitive Viking art, scratched onto the surface of each commanding, double-page painting enrich the historical patina. Ages 8-12.
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Gr. 4^-6. Beginning with a quotation from Edith Hamilton's Mythology ("The only light in the darkness is heroism" ), this handsome volume introduces the framework and some of the tales of Norse mythology. Particularly at the beginning and the end of the book, the author summarizes the material, but in between are many dramatic tales, retold with clarity and grace. The unusual artwork combines acrylic paintings with line drawings reminiscent of Norse carvings in their simplicity and vigor. Each drawing appears once on its own and again (much larger) lightly superimposed on the surface of a dramatic painting. Howell not only achieves his stated aim that each full-color painting become a "runic drawing come-to-life," but also hints at how the symbolism of mythology underlies life. The book also shows how little we grasp of another culture from looking at its symbolic art, glancing at the bones without any notion of the flesh. The informative appendixes include glossaries of the gods, goddesses, giants, giantesses, dwarves, worlds, events, places, and things as well as discussions of symbols and runes. There is also a note on the art and a bibliography. A fine addition to mythology collections. Carolyn Phelan

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