Ann Turnbull & Sarah Young
Candlewick, 2010 (2010)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
nn Turnbull retells sixteen of the most celebrated tales of Greek mythology in this beautifully illustrated volume. Young readers will discover a world of courageous heroes, cunning heroines and scary monsters.
rom Phaeton's ill-fated brush with the sun and the ill fated love of Orpheus and Eurydice, to the greed of Midas and the unlucky curiosity of Pandora, these classic stories are filled with action and adventure. They also teach enduring lessons about true love, proper behavior and the respect one must show others.
In this collection you will find a mixture of nature myths, hero tales, and stories of the struggles between gods and mortals. I have left out Odysseus's travels and the Trojan War because these are separate story-cycles that deserved a book of their own,
' writes Ann Turnbull. '
The more myths I read, the more I realized how many of them link together. Some stories, like Arachne, stand alone, but many others lead from one to another. In particular, the story of the Minotaur leads directly to the story of Ariadne on Naxos.
s young readers explore this collection they will discover the wonder of mythology and once these stories have been digested, the child will want to explore in greater depth the other Greek myths as well as those from other cultures. There's a whole, wonderful world of mythology awaiting the curious youngster.
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