Heroes of Olympus
Philip Freeman, Laurie Calkhoven & Drew Willis
Simon & Schuster, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
imed at readers eight years of age and older, this retelling of the stories from Greek mythology is based on Philip Freeman's
Oh My Gods
. Divided into sections that include
, these general headings are supplemented by specific chapters on Hercules, Oedipus, Jason and the Argonauts, Troy, Mycenae, Odysseus, and Aeneas.
aurie Calkhoven's adaptation of Freeman's work makes these timeless stories accessible to young readers. The illustrations sprinkled throughout the book are an attractive way of pulling the reader into some of the stories.
ainly because they contain so many fantastic creatures and a generous dollop of fast paced action and violence, Greek myths are still interesting to young readers. This chapter book is an excellent way of moving the youngster from the picture book editions of Greek heroes to the actual stories.
here are other versions (translations) of these stories, such as the Bullfinch and the Hamilton editions, which I was exposed to in school, but I guess this one is as good as any to take the young reader to the next level of Greek literature. Hopefully, down the road, the complete and unabridged versions will be read.
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