Greek Myths for Young Children by Marcia Williams is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended Greek mythology stories for kids. Melissa Gaynor explains why:
“What You Need to Know:
• Eight classic stories are retold in this comic book style presentation of Greek mythology.
• Some prior knowledge of mythology would be helpful when reading this book.
• As you might expect in a book dealing with Greek mythology, unusual deaths are a common occurrence.
• Some gruesome details include a vulture tearing out Prometheus’ liver, Perseus slicing off Medusa’s head, and Arachne hanging herself.
If your readers are studying Greek mythology in school or are just interested in the subject, they’ll enjoy this illustrated retelling of the ancient stories. In addition to the informative narrative below each comic strip scene, readers will find much more detail in the amusing illustrations. There are funny comments like the one when a god rejects his sacrifices and someone says, “maybe he’s a vegetarian”. There are also silly thought bubbles like the one that appears when Prometheus is chained to a rock and he thinks, “Boy, he’s moody!” about the god that put him there. Not only is the dialogue funny, but the illustrations are too. Somehow, grotesque images like a steak on top of a sack of guts and eyeballs or blood dripping from Medusa’s chopped-off head don’t seem as appalling when they’re drawn in comic strip form. Bringing humor and pictures into these complex stories should make it easier for students to remember the many details of the myths. If this is your reader’s first introduction to Greek mythology, however, they may be a little lost. I think this book works best in conjunction with other, more thorough accountings of this topic.”
Have your children read Greek Myths for Young Children? What did they think of the book?
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