Greek Myths

Geraldine McCaughrean, Author, Geraldine McCaughrean, Retold by, Emma Chichester Clark, Illustrator Margaret K. McElderry Books $22.95 (96p) ISBN 978-0-689-50583-6
The heroes and heroines of ancient Greece--and their evil counterparts--come to life in this excellent introduction to mythology. The stories that examine human foibles and were originally designed to explain the mysteries of life and the course of nature have formidably weathered the test of time. Readers meet the curious Pandora, ultra-strong Heracles and the lovesick musician Apollo, among others, in these 16 exciting and mystical tales. McCaughrean's retellings feature modern language and simplified plot lines and genealogical information, while retaining much of the drama of the more classical adult versions. Chichester Clark's playful watercolors are a constant reminder that myths were meant to be shared as entertainment as well as instruction. Her wide-eyed portrayal of life in Greece amuses and informs and may encourage interested fans to visit a museum or check out nonfiction on the topic. This collaboration is solid preparation for the more intricate tellings, as well as a segue into interpretation and analytical skills. Ages 9-up. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/29/1993
Release date: 04/01/1993
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