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The Greek myths are a fascinating part of our cultural heritage, and young children will find these stories of gods, mortals and monsters irresistible. This collection of the best-known stories are retold in a magical and sensitive way.' The Greek myths are a fascinating part of our cultural heritage, and young children will find these stories of gods, mortals and monsters irresistible. This collection of the best-known stories are retold in a magical and sensitive way.'


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The Greek myths are a fascinating part of our cultural heritage, and young children will find these stories of gods, mortals and monsters irresistible. This collection of the best-known stories are retold in a magical and sensitive way.' The Greek myths are a fascinating part of our cultural heritage, and young children will find these stories of gods, mortals and monsters irresistible. This collection of the best-known stories are retold in a magical and sensitive way.'

30 review for Greek Myths For Young Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    Lovely easy reading for young children. The illustrations are well done as well. Even as a adult, I find myself captured by them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    Read this with the kids as part of their schooling, but then kept reading after they were gone. Well told, probably very sanitized, but without losing the inherent power of these ancient archetypal stories.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    4 stars One of very many children’s books on Greek mythology, I picked this one up mainly because it’s Usborne (I grew up on Usborne books and I have a certain amount of loyalty to them despite the fact that they keep putting out gendered shit like this) and because the pictures inside are pretty dang gorgeous. With so many of these sort of books about though it’s always worth flipping through a few in the bookshop, maybe reading a couple of the stories, and getting the one that works for you. Th 4 stars One of very many children’s books on Greek mythology, I picked this one up mainly because it’s Usborne (I grew up on Usborne books and I have a certain amount of loyalty to them despite the fact that they keep putting out gendered shit like this) and because the pictures inside are pretty dang gorgeous. With so many of these sort of books about though it’s always worth flipping through a few in the bookshop, maybe reading a couple of the stories, and getting the one that works for you. This one, I have to say, doesn’t quite work for me. It’s very good, perfect for the purpose I got it for – which was to ensure my Greek storytelling event later this month is age appropriate – and I’ll be keeping it in my library of Greek myths, but it’s far too kiddified in places for my own personal liking. For public storytelling where I don’t know how (over)sensitive or protective children’s parents are it’s great. For my own kids/nieces/nephews (if I were ever to have any) I would want something that didn’t gloss over Theseus leaving Ariadne, or pretended that Jason and Medea didn’t murder her brother. It’s a beautiful book though, and I think it achieves its aim of working for both children too young to read and children just learning. It’s written in a way that works very well when read out loud, while the typeface is big, bold, and easy to read for when the child wants to pick it up for themselves, and it's all accompanied by some really lovely and eyecatching illustrations. There’s also a pronounciation guide for the Greek names at the back, which is very useful. And then it’s got some really nice stylistic touches. Every page, even when it isn’t illustrated, has a patterned border running round it – spiders for Arachne, snakes for Perseus and Medusa, a variety of Greek pot patterns etc etc. but a unique pattern for every story. The longer stories (Hercules, Odysseus, Jason) are broken up into smaller sections, making them easier to digest if you’re reading ‘one a night’ with a child, and each story is written on different coloured pages, making it very easy to tell when one story ends and another begins. I don’t have a working scanner or I’d put in a few examples here but I did find one bookseller site that did have a single page sample: For me, though, though the book itself is beautiful (the dragons and sea serpents are all particularly great) the content of the text plays it just a little too safe: Medea doesn’t kill her brother, she lives happily ever after with Jason, Ariadne doesn’t get abandoned, Theseus’s dad doesn’t commit suicide, and the battles against monsters seem a little too perfuntory, making them less compelling than they should be. And yes, it’s for kids (Usborne.com says 7+ but it’s clearly aimed at younger), but the Usborne books of mythology I was reading when I was that age didn’t shy away from that stuff – they may not have gone on to detail Medea’s infanticide, but they showed her killing her brother to help Jason escape. Lessons and videos we watched at primary school discussed Theseus leaving Ariadne. The ending of the Theseus story was always bittersweet, with the minotaur having been killed but, due to Theseus’s neglect in changing his sails, his father having given him up for dead and jumped into the sea in grief. That’s the emotional heart of the story. I just find this book a little too codling in places and I know that, as a child, I prefered my monsters scarier and less easily dispatched and that what drew me, and continues to draw me, to Medea was her ruthlessness – she was so unlike any princess I’d ever read about before. A great book for read aloud sessions with groups of young children you don’t know because, personally, I don’t particularly want to step on someone else’s parenting. But if I was reading this aloud to kids I knew well I would be surreptitiously adding more of the ‘unsuitable’ bits in for them. Kids can deal with a lot more than people think and I think it’s the fact that Greek myths often don’t conform to the ‘happily ever after’ narrative that makes them so intriguing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Mini Greek Myths for the Young is a beautifully illustrated compilation of the Greek mythological stories that have been enjoyed by adults and children for thousands of years. The book is constructed of sixteen chapters, each featuring an action packed myth such as Pandora's Box, King Midas or Jason and the Golden Fleece. The narrative is very accessible to children, though some of the names would prove tricky to pronounce for adults and children alike. Thankfully Heather Amery includes a page g Mini Greek Myths for the Young is a beautifully illustrated compilation of the Greek mythological stories that have been enjoyed by adults and children for thousands of years. The book is constructed of sixteen chapters, each featuring an action packed myth such as Pandora's Box, King Midas or Jason and the Golden Fleece. The narrative is very accessible to children, though some of the names would prove tricky to pronounce for adults and children alike. Thankfully Heather Amery includes a page giving guidance on the pronounciation of names that is most helpful. This book would be a great resource for project work in years 5 and 6 and would be useful across the curriculum in English, History, Art, Drama and even PE (lets not forget the origins of the Olympics!). It also works well as a story book which could be read aloud to children in years 3 and 4, but may be a little frightening for some children in key stage 1. The stories are fantastic and exciting - full of gods and monsters, good and evil, war and cunning.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sylvana DeSantis

    Greek Myths For Young Children retold by Heather Amery and illustrated by Linda Edwards is a collection of the best known Greek Myths. It is 128 pages of Greek Myths including: The Gift of Fire,Pandora's Box, Persephone and the Seasons, The Story of Arachne, The Many Tasks of Heracles, Echo and Narcissus, Daedalus and Icarus, Bellerophon and the Flying Horse, Jason and the Golden Fleece, King Midas, The Adventures of Perseus, The Chariot of the Sun; The Adventures of Odysseus, Theseus and the Mi Greek Myths For Young Children retold by Heather Amery and illustrated by Linda Edwards is a collection of the best known Greek Myths. It is 128 pages of Greek Myths including: The Gift of Fire,Pandora's Box, Persephone and the Seasons, The Story of Arachne, The Many Tasks of Heracles, Echo and Narcissus, Daedalus and Icarus, Bellerophon and the Flying Horse, Jason and the Golden Fleece, King Midas, The Adventures of Perseus, The Chariot of the Sun; The Adventures of Odysseus, Theseus and the Minotaur, Pygmalion and his Wife, and Eros and Psyche. The first myth is The GIft of Fire, a story about Zeus, the ruler of the gods that shot thunderbolts from his fingers. He was married to the goddess Hera and had many children with her. The gods and goddess ruled over the world. Epimetheus had created animals to roam the world, but Zeus wanted Prometheus, Epimetheus’ brother, to create humans and so he did. Prometheus later felt sorry for the humans because they were in the dark and cold, so he stole a lump of burning charcoal from Zeus’ palace and teaches the humans how to use it. Zeus cannot believe that Prometheus disobeys him and decides to punish him. Another myth, Pygmalion and his Wife, is about a lonely sculptor named Pygmalion. Pygmalion carves a statue of a beautiful woman and prays to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, begging her to bring the statue to life. The next morning he finds that his wish came true and the beautiful woman he carved has come to life. He names her Galatea and she becomes his wife. I enjoyed this story, but pictures would have made it so much better, especially for children. This was a very text heavy story, although relatively short compared to others. This book is meant for children, but it is very text heavy, some of the stories more than others. All of the stories have a different border around the page that is quite nice; It changes depending on the myth, which helps separate the different stories. Each of the myths is also titled to indicate the start of a new story. Some of the stories have sub headings, which are a little difficult to distinguish from the titles, the only difference is the size of the text. Although I wish there were more for some of the stories, the illustrations are beautiful. The colorful images really bring the story to life, providing a great visual for children. This book could benefit from the addition of more pictures. Overall, I would recommend this book for children ages 5-7. There is a lot of text, therefore I would not recommend this book for younger children unless it is being read to them. I also believe that younger children may get lost in the story and not understand the overall lesson or moral. If the child already has an interest in Greek Mythology or enjoys reading stories about monsters, heroes, and gods, this book is perfect

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Greek Myths In ancient times, Greeks made up wonderful and exciting stories about gods and goddesses, monsters, and brave heros. The Greeks believed that the gods lived everywhere such as in forests, in the sea, underground, and in great palaces among the towering peaks of mount Olypus. Occasionally, the greeks saw the gods and goddesses, but other times they were invisible.I f a god or goddesses liked a person, he or she would be kind and helpful but if a god didn't like a person, he or she could be m Greek Myths In ancient times, Greeks made up wonderful and exciting stories about gods and goddesses, monsters, and brave heros. The Greeks believed that the gods lived everywhere such as in forests, in the sea, underground, and in great palaces among the towering peaks of mount Olypus. Occasionally, the greeks saw the gods and goddesses, but other times they were invisible.I f a god or goddesses liked a person, he or she would be kind and helpful but if a god didn't like a person, he or she could be mean or play nasty tricks. In this book, you will learn about Zeus, the leader of the gods and his son Heracles. You will learn about Demeter and her daughter Persephone.You will also learn about Pluto the god of the underworld and many more! This is a book full of adventure - Stephanie N

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annalisa

    Because we are reading Percy Jackson, I've been getting mythology books for my daughter to read that will introduce her to the stories. This was a great overview with abbreviated stories and good illustrations. Because we are reading Percy Jackson, I've been getting mythology books for my daughter to read that will introduce her to the stories. This was a great overview with abbreviated stories and good illustrations.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Jamie

    I like Greek myths a lot so this book is probably made for me

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Lovely retelling of classic stories. Beautiful illustrations.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paul Foote

    This was a really enjoyable collection of Greek myths, covering all of the big tales. They were bite size and accessible chunks which anyone wanting to learn about the subject could pick up really quickly! The myths themselves are incredible and mindblowing! The lessons were fascinating and the fairness and wrath of the Gods, especially Zeus, was quite shocking! This is a must read for anyone looking for a beginner's introduction to Greek Myths! This was a really enjoyable collection of Greek myths, covering all of the big tales. They were bite size and accessible chunks which anyone wanting to learn about the subject could pick up really quickly! The myths themselves are incredible and mindblowing! The lessons were fascinating and the fairness and wrath of the Gods, especially Zeus, was quite shocking! This is a must read for anyone looking for a beginner's introduction to Greek Myths!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jamey

    Although I wasn’t spellbound by this book, it is useful in that it simply outlines the Greek myths in a child-friendly way. Adults can enjoy it, too, if they are looking for a quick overview of the more well-known collection of myths. It contains stories of the Minotaur, Odysseus, Hercules, Narcissus, Eros and Psyche (my favorite), and many more. A quick and entertaining read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Muhemed Masika

    A character went on journey to uplift itself The character fought many dragon's The character killed them all The character returned to wife and young children The family lived happily ever after life A character went on journey to uplift itself The character fought many dragon's The character killed them all The character returned to wife and young children The family lived happily ever after life

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alex Popov

    so bad there is nothing more bad then this book so no ratings for this bad book that i can't read so bye bye see you when you are fired so bad there is nothing more bad then this book so no ratings for this bad book that i can't read so bye bye see you when you are fired

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fitria Mayrani

    Good for kids and their parents.

  15. 5 out of 5

    James Tetley

    Fun introduction to Greek myths. Good overview of how the Greeks saw the world through myth and story. Read to my son. He enjoyed the stories of Perseus and Odysseus best!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mashed Potato

    Who's doing it like her? Who's doing it like her?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    My seven year old son has spent a large amount of time curled up in the corner recliner reading this book. He pulled it off the shelf on his own. Excellent used book find.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    A great and gentle introduction to Greek Myths for elementary students. Each page is beautifully illustrated, making it a pleasure to read with my kids.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Loop

    Another contender for the library book i took out a million times in grade school about Greek mythology.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kendall Soffer

    Title:Greek Myths For Young Children Author: Heather Amery Illustrator:Linda Edwards Genre: Myths Theme(s): life lessons and nature Brief Summary: A collection of greek myths made for children. It includes gods, monsters, and immortals. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Marilyn Courtot (Children's Literature) Major stories from Greek mythology, such as the tale of Pandora and how she released all the ills upon mankind, and fifteen others make up this introductory volume. The story of Persephone Title:Greek Myths For Young Children Author: Heather Amery Illustrator:Linda Edwards Genre: Myths Theme(s): life lessons and nature Brief Summary: A collection of greek myths made for children. It includes gods, monsters, and immortals. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Marilyn Courtot (Children's Literature) Major stories from Greek mythology, such as the tale of Pandora and how she released all the ills upon mankind, and fifteen others make up this introductory volume. The story of Persephone is an early attempt to explain the reason for changing seasons, while the tale of Arachne is a morality tale--Arachne's pride in her weaving skills causes her to challenge the goddess Athena and the goddess turns her rival into a spider. It is a also a bit of a pourquoi story in that it explains why spiders spin webs. The pages are suffused with a variety of colors that match the stories and the borders also echo elements found in the myths. The pictures show Greek homes, dress, sailing vessels, etc. The typeface is large and the text has a conversational but not condescending tone. It is a good introductory collection and the one page pronunciation guide to Greek names will be useful to teachers and parents who read these stories aloud. 2000, Usborne, $18.95. Ages 7 to 10. (PUBLISHER: Usborne (London:), PUBLISHED: 1999.) Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Williams, Marcia Greek Myths for Young Children 34 pp. Candlewick ISBN 1-56402-115-7 (5) K-3 series. Williams employs her characteristic cartoon format and illustrations to retell eight Greek myths, including 'Pandora's Box' and 'The Twelve Tasks of Hercules.' The irreverent tellings and lively art will attract readers, but do not do justice to the richness of the material. Folktales/Myths/and Legends Response to Two Professional Reviews: The first professional review seems to give more credit to the book than the second review. The first review thinks that it is a very beneficial book in showing the greek culture and language. The second review seems to think the art will attract readers but doesn't do the best it can to attract to how great the material really is. Evaluation of Literary Elements: I found it very interesting that this book could be used to help children understand the greek culture. With excellent illustrations it really draws readers to accepting different culture and learning about new things. Consideration of Instructional Application: I could use this book during social studies. Since it seems to revolve more around cultures it could help students visualize different countries and their ways.

  21. 5 out of 5

    J

    As the title states quite clearly this is a book for children so for any fans of the Classical mythoi I ask that you stay away from it. The illustrations are beautiful to look at, the stories are simple to follow for a child and they are put in some order if you will. What I found wrong with this book is that the author chose to switch some of the names out. You have Roman versions of names mixed in with the Grecian versions of names, which I didn't like. The redeeming quality to the name issue i As the title states quite clearly this is a book for children so for any fans of the Classical mythoi I ask that you stay away from it. The illustrations are beautiful to look at, the stories are simple to follow for a child and they are put in some order if you will. What I found wrong with this book is that the author chose to switch some of the names out. You have Roman versions of names mixed in with the Grecian versions of names, which I didn't like. The redeeming quality to the name issue is the pronunciation guide so children can try to read the stories with the actual pronouncing of the names although I did notice they don't include names that they thought may be self-explanatory. The other thing I found about this book is again this is a children's book. Although there is death and hero quests in there it is actually pretty cleaned up from the common themes of sex, gore and infidelity found rampant in the original tales. You don't have the actual telling of the stories but a rendition that can be considered a cousin to the Disney remakes of fairy tales.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Love this beautiful little Greek Myths book. The illustrations are great and the stories are nicely edited to be appropriate for children.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I picked up this book hoping to be woo'd and drawn into the world of Greek mythology and this book of short myths seemed a good place to start. The storys for me far to brief and summed up in it seemed as little words as possible, this for me made what could be an great myth, quite the contray and made it almost seem boring. Maybe its merley the fact that greek myths is not my thing, i guess that remains to be seen. The chracters that appealed to me the most where Zeus the almighty powerful god, I picked up this book hoping to be woo'd and drawn into the world of Greek mythology and this book of short myths seemed a good place to start. The storys for me far to brief and summed up in it seemed as little words as possible, this for me made what could be an great myth, quite the contray and made it almost seem boring. Maybe its merley the fact that greek myths is not my thing, i guess that remains to be seen. The chracters that appealed to me the most where Zeus the almighty powerful god, Hercaules and his adventures, odysseus and his adventures, the prince bellorphon and young fierce warrior Jason. As for the monsters it hard for me to make a judgement on them as they where seemingly slaughterd so laclustly and eaisly. (or maybe that just because each myth is about 50 words).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    A traditional telling of several of the better known Greek Myths written in a way that gives children the story without being overly scary or violent. My 8 and 11 year olds preferred these versions to the more war and tragedy focused version by the D'Aulaires. Beautifully illustrated. Excellent imagery. Stories are in an order that helps the reader learn each character and progressively expands on each character through the book. By the end of the book my children had a basic understanding of Gr A traditional telling of several of the better known Greek Myths written in a way that gives children the story without being overly scary or violent. My 8 and 11 year olds preferred these versions to the more war and tragedy focused version by the D'Aulaires. Beautifully illustrated. Excellent imagery. Stories are in an order that helps the reader learn each character and progressively expands on each character through the book. By the end of the book my children had a basic understanding of Greek Myth and the characters. And best of all, could discuss them in conversation.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    My boys loved listening to me read this. I've just finished "The Iliad" and I'm almost done with "The Odyssey" so these stories are fresh in my mind. I found that while these stories were very simplistic compared to the real version they were a fabulous introduction to the Greek Myths. I'm very glad I read this to my children. Each myth is also very short and so it can keep the younger ones attention. My boys loved listening to me read this. I've just finished "The Iliad" and I'm almost done with "The Odyssey" so these stories are fresh in my mind. I found that while these stories were very simplistic compared to the real version they were a fabulous introduction to the Greek Myths. I'm very glad I read this to my children. Each myth is also very short and so it can keep the younger ones attention.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chak

    From my 9 year old son: "I thought it was pretty interesting and it gave me some ideas for maybe writing a story. I liked that it makes you think differently about things, and I wish there were more stories. If there was a family tree of the Gods, that would make it better." I liked that it is a nice little size (5.5" x 7", 324 g), is colorful and had a "How to Pronounce Greek Names" guide in the back. From my 9 year old son: "I thought it was pretty interesting and it gave me some ideas for maybe writing a story. I liked that it makes you think differently about things, and I wish there were more stories. If there was a family tree of the Gods, that would make it better." I liked that it is a nice little size (5.5" x 7", 324 g), is colorful and had a "How to Pronounce Greek Names" guide in the back.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mariel

    Great read for introducing these characters and stories to young children. My boys (8&5) really liked it and begged for just one more story each night. The myths are simplified and definitely cleaned up for young readers, but the overall theme is still there. When we circle back to Greek mythology at later grades, there will already be a seed planted.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I am so pleased with this book. My children who are ages 8, 5 and 3 all beg for me to read "one more story." They are learning the classical Greek myths from such an easily understandable, yet very enjoyable book. I am so pleased with this book. My children who are ages 8, 5 and 3 all beg for me to read "one more story." They are learning the classical Greek myths from such an easily understandable, yet very enjoyable book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    The pictures are beautiful and there are many stories and memorable characters. My son's favorite is the myth about Midas. I recommend that a parent read through first before deciding if it is appropriate for their young ones. The pictures are beautiful and there are many stories and memorable characters. My son's favorite is the myth about Midas. I recommend that a parent read through first before deciding if it is appropriate for their young ones.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    My 5 yr. old daughter enjoyed these stories. They are a good introduction to the greek myths that make up part of our language and culture. I like how the stories are in order so we can recognise characters from story to story. The pictures are fantastic too.

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