Here are the gods, goddesses, and legendary figures of ancient Greece - mighty Zeus, with his fistful of thunderbolts; gray-eyed Athena, goddess of wisdom; Helios, the sun; greedy King Midas - lavishly depicted by Caldecott winners Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. In a relaxed and humorous tone, these splendid artists bring to life the myths that have inspired great European literature and art through the ages, creating a book readers of all ages will cherish.
In print for over fifty years, D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths has introduced generations to Greek mythologyand continues to enthrall young readers.
Here are the greats of ancient Greecegods and goddesses, heroes and monstersas freshly described in words and pictures as if they were alive today:
• Powerful Zeus, king of the gods, with his fistful of thunderbolts
• Hermes, mischievous trickster and messenger of the gods
• Gray-eyed Athena, goddess of wisdom and battle strategy
• The monstrous Minotaur, slain by brave Theseus
• Snake-haired Medusa the gorgon, turning enemies to stone with her steely stare
• Hercules the mightiest, part mortal, part god
These and other equally magnificent figures parade across the pages, their heroic deeds and petty squabbles illuminated in full dimension.
No other volume of Greek mythology has inspired as many young readers as this timeless classic. Both adults and children alike will find this book a treasure for years to come.
"For any child fortunate enough to have this generous book . . . the kings and heroes of ancient legend will remain forever matter-of-fact; the pictures interpret the text literally and are full of detail and witty observation."The Horn Book
"The drawings . . . are excellent and excitingly evocative."The New York Times
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From the Hardcover edition.
INGRI D'AULAIRE and EDGAR PARIN D'AULAIRE first met in Munich, where both were studying art. Ingri had grown up in Norway; Edgar, the son of a noted Italian portrait painter, was born in Switzerland and had lived in Paris and Florence. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to the United States and began to create the picture books that established their reputation as two of the twentieth centurys most important childrens writers and illustrators. They won the Caldecott Medal in 1940 for Abraham Lincoln.
During an extended trip to Greece, they studied and sketched the countryside, the people, and the architecture and artifacts of long ago. The result was DAulaires Book of Greek Myths, the standard-bearer of mythology for children since its publication in 1962.
"For any child fortunate enough to have this generous book...the kings and heroes of ancient legend will remain forever matter-of-fact; the pictures interpret the text literally and are full of detail and witty observation."
"The drawings...are excellent and excitingly evocative."--The New York Times
A New York Public Library's 100 Great Children's Books 100 Years selection