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Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters

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School Library Journal Best Books of 2011

Eureka! Silver Honor Books—California Reading Association

Capitol Choices 2012 list of Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens

2012 Notable Children's Books—ALSC

The new National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology offers timeless stories of Greek myths in a beautiful new volume. Brought to life with lyrical text by award-winning a
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by National Geographic Children's Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Totally awesome--I love everything about it and could not imagine Greek mythology being explained better. So much better than other high-rated books.

The artwork is stellar but what I appreciate most is the story-telling approach. The intro briefly explains how all people and society's try to make sense of the world. We explain things in terms of science and the Greeks created these stories. Then it starts at the beginning with Gaia, Mother Earth, and introduce characters as they form in the stor
Jan 13, 2014 Brianna rated it liked it
The artwork in this book was absolutely stunning! I also loved the details of all the tales had, and how most linked into the next one. There were references like a map and historical outlined that I thought would be useful for using while reading the stories and teaching. My only problem with this book is some of the details they included about the unfaithfulness of husbands such as Zeus. I feel that, as a future teacher, young students should not be exposed to this at a young age. Some student ...more
Nov 21, 2012 Alanna rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics
The only thing that saves this from getting only one star is the fabulous illustrations. The text is terrible, poorly researched, biased and down right infuriating. What a waste of such wonderful illustrations!
Michael Perrino
Mar 01, 2016 Michael Perrino rated it really liked it
I think that this book has great myths that are very unique and different than many other myths.
Samantha Glass
Feb 24, 2017 Samantha Glass rated it really liked it
A good supplement to all the Percy Jackson books we've been reading. The myths behind the tales, if you will.
Jul 17, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok
Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, heroes, and Monsters
Written by Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by Christina Balit
Audience: Intermediate; Grades 3-7; Ages 8-12
Genre: Non-Fiction

School Library Journal Best Books of 2011
Eureka! Silver Honor Books-California Reading Association
Capitol Choices 2012 list of Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
2012 Notable Children's Books-ALSC

Questions for Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy:
Remembering: In Greek mythology, twelve god
Mar 23, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
I've been reading this one with my son over the last few months. Napoli has really brought the Greek stories to life. She has some funny commentary inserted into the stories to bring attention to some of the crazier/violent aspects of the stories. There are also some excellent extra insights into the stories, such as the science behind the sun or moon or the geography of Greece or its people and culture.

The drawings are also amazing. Beautiful and colorful. This is a great edition to our library
Oct 10, 2016 Whitney rated it really liked it
I wanted a refresher on the Greek gods and goddesses so I decided to give this a try. The myths and stories were enjoyable and brought to life with gorgeous illustrations. It's geared towards children, so I thought it would be an easy to follow treasury, yet I found myself getting confused at the order of the stories but regardless, I enjoyed reading it but I still do not feel as I have a solid grasp on each god/goddess as I would like.
Sarah Woodward
Dec 25, 2014 Sarah Woodward rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star
One of my fave christmas presents - such a beautiful book!
Mar 17, 2017 Madi rated it it was amazing
Growing up I loved mythology. There was a section of Greek mythology in middle school that I always enjoyed. Now that I'm older I decided to look into it again, get a defined story of the main people and go from there as far as books are concerned. The illustrations were extremely important to me when picking out a book to reintroduce the subject to me and in this book they were amazing. While the stories were simplified they got the main points clear. The stories are also in order which was nic ...more
Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School
This beautifully illustrated reference introduces readers to the world of Greek Mythology and the gods, goddess and heroes of the Ancient Greeks. In addition to providing basic information about each deity, this work tells the tale of each god or goddess, describes their character and personality traits and their origin. A wonderful resources for students writing reports or Percy Jackson fans seeking to learn more about Greek Gods and Goddesses.
Mar 06, 2017 Elexus rated it it was amazing
i thought it was a great easy synopsis if you wanted to know the basics of who the god is an why they are known. it was a fairly log book and it had so many beautiful illustrations.
Haley Hoenke
History, Social Studies, Religion, Myths
Mar 12, 2017 Lillie rated it really liked it
A wonderful book!! The way it is written makes it very easy to follows the whole story and how each god's story is involved with the others.It has some good(but some are rather grotesque) illustrations.But this is a must read for any Greek Myth Nerd!!(ahem,me)
Loretta Robertson
Jan 21, 2017 Loretta Robertson rated it liked it
Jan 31, 2017 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
I love all Greek Mythology so of course I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!
Yanna GLogov
Mar 09, 2017 Yanna GLogov rated it really liked it
This book was written very well and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this book for readers who are really into greek mythology and into si-fi. This book has incredible illustrations as well.
Andrea Sobel
Title: Treasury of Greek Mythology: classic stories of gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters
Author: Donna Jo Napoli
Illustrator:Chrsitina Balit
Genre: Greek Myths
Theme(s): Mythology
Opening line/sentence: “Some things about daily life can be count ed. The sun rises, crosses the sky, sets.”
Brief Book Summary: This book is a collection of Greek Myths that range form gods, goddesses, and heroes. In the book there is a time line, map of Greece, and a sources notes.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
The Obscure
Mar 14, 2017 The Obscure rated it really liked it
Well articulated, brevity and good modern spin on classic tales.
This treasury of Greek mythology is beautifully illustrated. The stories are simplified for the young reader, and yet, the author Donna Jo Napoli's narration is lyrical and captures the fickleness of the gods in both poetic and practical descriptions. Although I think an illustrated family tree would have added to this collection, I think it is a lovely first dip into Greek mythology for kids and adults.

(My own kids, 10 & 6, have now read two other collections of myths and enjoy comparing th
Jan 03, 2017 Korea added it
I really liked the book there isn't much to review about because it's not really a story.But there is some of the story I can review about,I really liked how detailed it was and how here and there,there was pictures so it brought the story more to life,especially with the picture of the god or goddess before there story.And really over all it was a very good book to read.
Danica (The Hogsmeade Reader)
Dec 30, 2016 Danica (The Hogsmeade Reader) rated it really liked it
I love the illustrations!
Olivia Lee
Aug 05, 2016 Olivia Lee rated it liked it
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Nicolette Kennedy
Mar 01, 2016 Nicolette Kennedy rated it liked it
Let me begin by saying the illustrations in Treasury of Greek Mythology were beautiful, colorful, and overall aweing. In regards to the different stories told about Greek mythology, I really enjoyed how they all connected and lead to one another, but the reader can also read one story by itself. Instead of telling Greek mythology as just a sequence of facts, the book is in a story- format like a storyteller is the one speaking. If you aren’t a fan of Greek mythology or do not understand it well, ...more
Jun 24, 2013 Kaycee rated it it was amazing
Elaborate love triangles, betrayals and murders. Battles fought for women, wars waged against family members, patricide. Stories of the Greek mythology were the ancient equivalent of soap operas. The Treasury of Greek Mythology weaves these tales together in one story line tarting with Mother Gaea and the creation of the world; to the takeover by the titans; to the titans war with the gods and the eventual victory of the Greek gods. The book focuses on one important figure at a time and the next ...more
Marilin Equihua
Napoli, Donna Jo (2011). Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, & Monsters

Target audience: Ages 12-18

Setting: Ancient Greece

This anthology of twenty-five Greek myths, tell stories of Greece’s most known Gods and Goddesses. For example, it tells the story of Helios, the Sun God, and how he created humans from clay. The stories are between 3-8 pages long and include a short caption with facts related to the story. The illustrations are beautifully made a
Mar 24, 2012 Joan rated it liked it
The illustrations are lush but Napoli has trouble just telling the old stories. Her feminist side keeps wanting to burst out. I sympathize but for the most part, Ancient Greece was NOT a time of feminists! These myths are predominantly male, both on the god level and on the hero level. I also found it jarring that Napoli either is surprisingly prissy, or had to submit to National Geographic's surprisingly prissy requirements. Zeus is repeatedly referred to as each and every maiden h ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Stuart rated it really liked it
This is the first volume of National Geographic Kids mythology series. The illustrations will draw your young reader in, but the stories, which seem appropriate for late elementary to early middle school, will fascinate them as well. In these stories, you and your children will learn about gods and goddesses (like Zeus and Hera); the Titans; and mortals like Heracles, Jason, and Helen. While your children are reading these tales, they will also have the opportunity to read very brief sections wh ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january-2014
This book is wonderful for 5th grade to 8th grade students. The reference can be read as either a story or by reading each individual God/Goddess/Hero/Monster. The typeface is quite large and the vocabulary is moderate which would make this a great book for a student who is interested in learning Greek mythology but is not yet in the higher grades. The reference does a great job introducing Greek characters to students where this is their first encounter with the subject. The illustrations are b ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Emma rated it liked it
Shelves: 02-folklore
I have always been one to love Greek Mythology, the stories and adventures of the Greek gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters; so my expectations for this book were already set high when I started this book. I was very pleased by the stunning illustrations throughout, yet the actually telling of the myths had something to be desired.
Since this considered to be a children's book I can understand the the myths be water-downed versions being told, but some of the myths could of been expanded in mor
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Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children's and YA fiction.

Donna Jo has five children. She dreams of moving to the woods and becoming a naturalist. She loves to garden and bake bread.

At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, "Taxi!" to
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