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

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  943 ratings  ·  166 reviews
School Library Journal Best Books of 2011

Eureka! Silver Honor Books—California Reading Association

Capitol Choices 2012 list ofNoteworthy 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 au
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by National Geographic Children's Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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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!
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
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

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Remembering: In Greek mythology, twelve god
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
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
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
Mirissa Holbrook
I was a little nervous when I picked up this book because I thought it would take me a long time to read, but I got so wrapped up in the stories that I ended up reading the entire thing in less than two hours. Although I didn't always understand the order Napoli chose to order the stories, I was always able to flip to the back of the book to get a reminder about who so-and-so was married to and which children so-and-so had fathered—which, in the case of these Greek gods and goddesses, Zeus was g ...more
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
Kendra Hurst
I found this book to be incredibly interesting! I don't know if I would necessarily classify it as a children's novel, however, I think it would be a wonderful knowledge expansion for pre-teens to read. Not only did I like reading the history of how each god/goddess came about, but I also enjoyed seeing how they all connected with one another. Throughout the years of my education I have only gotten pieces of Greek Mythology here and there. This book was a really intriguing eye opener for my know ...more
I found the book to be fascinating and the illustrations stunning. Napoli uses art styles similar to the Grecian vases that told stories of the Greek gods, and it's like looking a way cooler Disney Hercules movie with a more realistic outlook on the stories. It's still very clean in comparison to some of Zeus' exploits in the original stories, but still holds true to what he did. Not only does the story go over the basic gods, but some of the mortal heroes as well, which was helpful, as I didn't ...more
This book is all about Greek mythology. It has beautiful illustrations and goes through each of the Greek gods, titan kings, heroes and mortals. I paired this with "Percy Jackson series" This series is a fictional story about a boy who is a demigod and it includes a lot of Greek mythology. If doing a reading unit on Greek mythology both of these books paired together would be great to get children interested in it. When I read the Percy Jackson series every time I got to a god or something I did ...more
Donne Knudsen
First and foremost, as someone who had a somewhat understanding of Greek mythology (studied it in high school and college 20+yrs ago), I found the storytelling interesting but somewhat lacking in depth. I realize that this book was primarily meant for children but I think the author could have been more accurate without getting into the nitty, gritty details of the Gods supposed behavior. Because let's be honest, most of the Gods were a bunch of sex crazed horn dogs but I think their stories cou ...more
Lauryn Carroll
While I do not really understand or get very interested in Greek Mythology, this book was really well written and the pictures were beautiful. I really enjoyed reading it because it was something different than what I am normally used to. I think it was written so that younger students could read it, especially those who are interested in that kind of thing, but it is enjoyable for all ages. It is a great book for students who are interested in Greek Mythology because it gives a clear explanatio ...more
South Orange Library
This book truly is a treasury, chock full of intriguing tales of the gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters that populate the ancient Greek and then Roman myths. Over a lifetime, everyone picks up snippets of information about the characters in these myths through literature and cultural studies and history. Their names, both Greek and Roman, though from the distant past, still pop up in conversation, in idioms, in jokes, in poetry and in Shakespeare. The stories are full of intrigue, shenanigans, ...more
Krista Toomey
The best artwork I have ever seen in a children's book. It is artwork that represents the Greek of that time which made it a such highlight and bonus when reading this. I also enjoyed the context of the book. Great for kids either being read to for advance readers. You don't have to worry about the stories not being inappropriate for kids because it is well edited for a child. I think its great for them to understand Greek mythology through this book.It tells a story of all the titian and Greek ...more
Jill Duford Peterson
This book was visually breaktaking! The illustrations are the main thing that made this book great, in my opinion. The stories were also good, but not as engaging sometimes. At the beginning and the end I enjoyed them, but I felt like in the middle details kept being repeated over and over for characters' stories that were in anyway related. After reading it I thought that the stories were written to be enjoyed by adults and young adults, not necessarily just children. In fact, I believe the sto ...more
This was a very interesting book and the artwork was amazing; National Geographic didn't let me down, as usual. I really liked how the stories were told in the perspective of particular gods or goddesses so that it wasn't just a sequence of facts but there was plot and feeling and dialogue and an opportunity for first person sympathies for the audience. I think this would be a great way to teach young students about the gods because it's interactive and mentally and visually interesting. There a ...more
I was very impressed with this book. When I first heard about is, I was skeptical about how a mythology book could be written for an elementary student to enjoy and understand. I had no reason to worry and was actually impressed at how well it was written. Instead of telling mythology as if the student were reading a textbook, each myth was told as if it were a storyteller recounting the story to children. The best way to describe the way the the stories are told is that it is like Bilbo Baggins ...more
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
Kayleena Nielson
I enjoyed reading this book! It helped me get a great overview of all of the Greek Gods without tons of research and it was super easy to understand. I loved the amazing artwork. Another thing I loved about this book is the fact that it had comments about the Gods when telling the story. That made it more interesting and in fact gave me more words that I can use to call bad people instead of just saying "bad people". With the back of the book explaining each God/Goddess it helped remind me of ev ...more
Nathan Lewis
First and foremost, the pictures in this book are amazing! It combines the classical form of ancient greek art and a modern interpretation with bright and vibrant colors.

There are boxes with little tidbits of info that deal with the stories on some of the pages. These are good to expand your knowledge on topics within the stories.

The text is easy enough to read and understand but I think the youngest age group that would be able to understand and follow along is 11-12 year olds. Not to say that
My son is really attracted by the illustrations of the book, but the content leaves a lot to be desired. First, it is geared toward teenagers, I think. (No one expects elementary age kids to read mythology). As such it is far too full of phrases that are not how I would explain something to a child. Particularly about the love affairs of the Gods. Far too flip. Too many colloquial expressions. The stories are also told too fast. Hercules' Labors in two pages? And they are also confused versions. ...more
Overall I thought that this would be a useful book to have in the classroom. I did not enjoy reading it as much because I read the whole book in one sitting, but I think that if I had just read one or two stories at a time it would have been a better read. I think that the illustrations and colors used were awesome, and I thought that overall they added to the quality of the book. I think that some of the stories had a lot of interesting details in them but overall I found that it would be an ap ...more
Sarah Woodward
One of my fave christmas presents - such a beautiful book!
I was impressed with this book and the number of Greek Myths it was able to cover. Growing up, I was made familiar with several of the stories this book shared and I even took a class on mythology in high school. Having former knowledge of these stories, I can appreciate the complexity of turning these tales into something child friendly. And, I think this book does an excellent job of doing so. Some caution may still be needed with young children--Greek Mythology is not all too pleasant--but, I ...more
Bonnie Stohel
This book is incredibly beautiful. Three of those four stars go to the illustrator. Christina Balit did a phenomenal job encompassing the idea of Greek art and how things must have looked. Adding the constellations into some of the pictures is an even better idea that I didn't even see until it was pointed out to me.
Napoli does a good enough job telling the stories, but she focuses on odd things and pinpoints weird aspects of the myth that I feel like aren't really the key elements of the story
When I first picked up this book, since it was by National Geographic, I was expecting it to drag some. The pictures I expected to be phenomenal, and they were. They did not disappoint. The content was fabulous and very amusing throughout. However, I don't know if I would put this in any classroom with students younger than 13 because it is slightly raunchy, which is amusing for me, but I don't know if children should be exposed to that in a school setting.
However, I loved the story lines, they
Sheng Yang
We have all learned or at least have some common knowledge of the Greek Mythology. While reading the book, I find it to be refreshing. A refresher that it brings the reader back to the beginning before the world was basically. It starts out simple, in how two people fall in love and had many children. However, while reading some of the texts I find that it sounds sarcastic at times and I did not like that. There is more emphasis or repeated on a points in the text, which I find irrelevant at tim ...more
Woody Calhoon
When I first found out that this would be a book we'd be covering in my Children's Literature class I was excited because of my deep love for Greek Mythology, and, I must say, the book did not disappoint me in the slightest. All the great stories are there albeit simplifies, but that is understandable considering the age group at which this book is aimed. I found each story to be very vivid in its descriptions and open to all younger readers to enjoy. The art was also incredible I especially lik ...more
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
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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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