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D'aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (D'Aulaires' Greek Myths)

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  9,785 ratings  ·  616 reviews
The mighty Zeus, Helios the sun, gray-eyed Athena--these and other wondrous figures are brought to life in this exquisite book by illustrators of great distinction. Full color throughout.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 18th 1980 by Doubleday (first published 1962)
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'trie
This is the very first book I remember reading all by my little self when I was three and I have read it a million more times. My copy is old (stolen from my elder brother, in fact; it was his first), taped back together, missing it's covers, and extremely well-loved. It has inspired a lifelong fascination with mythology and the ancient world and probably played a large part in my obsessive need to learn everything about everything--not that that's possibly, but it's fun to try. The stories have ...more
Brad
I remember taking this book out of the library at my elementary school, Queensland Downs Elementary School, when I was in Mrs. Sanders' class for grade three. We were in the library for a library period, and I asked Mrs. Dalgliesh, our groovy librarian, for a book. I can't remember if I was the one who suggested Greek Mythology or if it was she, but I do remember her aiding me at the card catalogues, then she sent me off to the shelves to track down "292 DAU [JUV]."

That little journey changed me
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
I adored this book when I was a child.
Shelle Klein Houser
This book is amazing. The retellings of the myths are vibrant and fascinating and the illustrations are mild enough for a child to enjoy but compelling enough to interest an adult.

When I was a kid, I used to take this book out of the library over and over and I would read it when I was at a friend's house and they had a copy. Naturally I had to buy my son, Archer a copy of the book because I wanted him to love it like I did. Kids don't always love what their parents love, however, so I put it on
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Rachel
This book introduced me to Greek mythology and I've yet to find its equal in the genre. I first read this in grade school, having found the hardcover version in my school library. I checked it out several times--though it's an oversize book and was therefore as a hardcover a bit heavy to drag home and back, I always felt it was worth it.

The artwork is incredibly detailed and beautiful, and the written portrayal of the various gods and goddesses, heroes and monsters is highly sympathetic toward a
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G. Branden
Oct 10, 2014 G. Branden rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to G. Branden by: my parents
Everyone, no matter what his or her age, should read this indispensable retelling of the Greek Myths, a foundation stone of the Western tradition.

I feel immensely fortunate that I was exposed to this title by my parents at a very young age.

It does, however, have two drawbacks, one I can forgive and one I almost cannot. First, the myths are a little bit bowdlerized. But since this is a book for children (albeit one which doesn't hesitate to stretch the vocabularies of younger ones), I can excuse
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Emily
6/23/13:
I read this again and again as a child. My intimate knowledge of the stories helped enormously in my high school English classes. It breaks my heart a little that my son is, for some perverse reason of his own, fixed in the idea that he doesn't like Greek myths.

Update of 8/9/14:
Now reading this aloud to my son, slightly against his will, as it was clear he'd never read it on his own. He was engrossed by the first section, and the text when read aloud flowed better than I'd expected it to
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Joanna
I discovered this book in the 5th grade in my school's library. I would sit cross legged right on the floor by the bottom shelf where it was kept, spread out the huge, thick book on my lap and read while I looked at the wonderful drawings. When we moved I semi-forgot about the book, not remembering the author's name; when I was in college I was walking by a bookstore in a mall when I glanced at the display case to see a book with the same style of drawings. I immediately went in to discover the ...more
Christen
As a kid I read constantly (probably 4-5 books a week), and this was one of my favorite books to re-read. I don't know how many times I've read it, but every single story and illustration felt intimately familiar when I opened it now, 20 years later. This book instilled me with a great love of mythology and classical antiquity that I still have to this day. I bought my own copy this Christmas for sentimental and nostalgic reasons, and I'm so glad I did. Looking at it with adult eyes, I see now t ...more
Jessica Donaghy
My childhood copy is tattered, practically coverless, and very well loved.
Miloš & Brontë
The English ABCs of D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (with two Ms and some subtractions) by Miloš & Brontë:

A -- Apollo: He is the god of music, so I kind of like his music. I know that I haven't heard it, but I can tell it is probably pretty good. And I like that even with that guy with the bones of that instrument that didn't work upside down, I love how he beat that guy.

B -- Bellerophon: Hey! Isn't that the ship in Forbidden Planet?

C -- Calydonian Boar: Brontë: It was very fierce, kind of l
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Stuart
Hands down the best book of Greek Myths ever, this classic is a good introduction for kids and holds up as a principal reference work for adults. Beautifully illustrated with pictures that fascinated and haunted me from the first time I saw them, this book is also scrupulously researched and written in clear but evocative language that translates the power and importance of these stories. Thorough, almost every Greek god and major or minor myth is represented here, with the Trojan War and all th ...more
Christine
Dec 03, 2008 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids and adults that are interested in this stuff, or like pretty pictures
I've had this book for most of my life. I've read it so much that at a point in my childhood I knew exactly what page would follow the one I am on, what picture I could expect to see, what words I could expect to read. (Even though I've memorized all the myths by heart thanks to this book.)

I love the illustrations, so soft and the colors don't want to murder your eyes.

This is one of those books I will make sure my far-in-the-future kids have access to. Of course the this book doesn't go terribly
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Matthew
I am truly spellbound about this spectacular book and it was written for children! I never read this book when growing up or even heard of it so it goes to show you how messed up our education system has become and yet Amazon has this as 100 best children books of all time! Overall I highly recommend this book for children, adults, or anyone who wants basic history on Greek Mythology. What I love about this book is that it was simple to comprehend the different stories and the characters. For th ...more
Merril Anil
A beginner’s guide to Greek Myths

Have you been one of those who have been tormented with endless characters of Greek mythologies, all those weird guys with weird names? Or are you the one who keep messing up Orpheus, Oedipus and odyssey? Or always in a dilemma as to who copulated with who and what came out of whom? Which creature killed which hero or which hero did what? Fear not for there comes a solution- D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths.

This book is your ultimate guide to the basics of Gr
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Michael
Even though I was probably past the reading level of this book when I received it as a kid, I loved it. This is a beautiful book that I still go back and read every once in a while.

The one thing it's missing is some sort of grounding to the real Greeks. I never learned who the Greeks really were until much later. Perhaps a child reading this book should also read a simple book on Greek history along with it.
GalindoLibrarian
Jan 07, 2012 GalindoLibrarian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
One of my all-time-favorite books to read! Each myth story is only a couple of pages long, so you can pick it up and read any part at any time. Very useful to know these ancient greek myths later in life. Know what Narcissistic means? you will if you know the myth of Narcissus!
Anila
I read this book over and over and over and over as a child, and I still own it - albeit with Scotch tape along the spine to keep it from falling apart. It's accessible, informative, and well-illustrated; if you know a child with an interest in mythology, give them this.
Michael
I can't say enough about this book. It is still my favorite book on Greek or Roman mythology, even though I first read it in third grade. If you love mythology, find a copy of this book.
Lauren Lee
In D’Aulaire’s “Book of Greek Myths”, he gives a concise description of Greek’s origin story. He starts off by informing the readers how the sky, Uranus, and Earth, Gaia, fell in love and had children, leading to the birth of the Titans, and eventually, the twelve mighty Olympians. I think that D’Aulaire communicated a clear knowledge of the stories of how the Olympians rose to power, and I found myself enjoying the book at the same time because the stories are fascinating. I enjoyed their versi ...more
Ruth
This book is simply fantastic. If you were to buy one book on Greek mythology to read to your children, this should be it. The stories are clearly and poetically written. The mythology covered includes the origins of the world and some background on each of the Greek gods. Also included are many stories about the gods' interactions with humanity, stories of their many half-mortal children and their adventures (for good or bad), as well as the stories of the Greek heroes, kings, queens, and beaut ...more
Christopher
This is a surprisingly meaty book for essentially a children's take on Greek mythology. The most obvious nod to being aimed at children is the use of "married" for what many classical scholars describe as rape (i.e. the rape of Europa of the rape of Persephone).

May really enjoyed this book and I was happy to have her see some of the original Greek myths. May has been getting into crytozoology and monster stories via Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons, Monsterology, and Voyage of the Basse
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Rachel
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Mythology continues to be my favorite Greek myth book. I remember reading it for the first time in 5th grade in Miss Bento's class. Each week she would read a story to us and then we would have to write the story out from what we remembered. I remember that I would get so wrapped up in the story that I couldn't switch gears to write after I had listened. We check this book out from the library often - Isaac is a huge myth lover. My biggest peeve with this book is that t ...more
Amber the Human
I loved this book when I was kid. I don't think I ever read it all the way through then. I love the myths and how they're represented and the illustrations - but it lead to a pretty awkward time in high school. At the time, I worked at a preschool, and I we had a new teacher start. She had an accent and a different look. One afternoon, when things were slow, I asked her where she was from. Greece, she told me. No, I said, you can't be from Greece - Greeks are blonde. No ... she told me, Greeks l ...more
Megan
Feb 05, 2011 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Greek mythology
Shelves: childrens
This book was my introduction to Greek mythology, and I remember long hours sitting in our basement studying the beautiful illustrations and reading the text. Stories about how things are the way they are have long been my favorite, and many of these myths have a "just so-story" aspect--one of my favorites was the one about Hera and the watchman who had a thousand eyes; at the end, he became the peacock.

As with any D'Aulaire book, the pictures are rich, beautiful, and intriguing, capturing perf
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Darren
It was very interesting. I'd say if you don't like mythology you shouldn't really read it. My favorite mythology was when there was a goddess at dinner who did not got invited to a wedding, but aphrodite, athena and hera got invited so she threw a golden apple in between them. She said that the fairest goddess gets it, so all 3 of them thought they were fariest. Then Zeus did not want to make any one of them angry so he told a Trojan prince named Paris to come and judge. Then Athena was like "gi ...more
Leah Darrow
I was obsessed with this book when I was little. I took it out from the library 7 or 8 times and then I finally stole it in grade 3. At the end of grade 5 when I was moving to middle school I felt guilty and returned it to the library. I always regretted returning it because I couldn't find it anywhere after that (I couldn't remember the title). Then, 16 years later, I was walking through Barnes and Noble and I saw it sitting on top of a pile of novels. It was perfectly elevated where I couldn't ...more
Carolyn Hembree
I found the slant of these tellings somewhat disturbing, i.e. how they were made "appropriate" for children. On the one hand, pretty brutal violence (plucking out livers, tearing someone apart, immolation) was a-okay, while all of Zeus' lady friends (read: women he sexed and those he raped) actually voluntarily married the jack off. This includes Leda. So, violence is fine for kiddies, but rape is really sex, which means it's too naughty to talk about. Editing Medea to not kill her babes was als ...more
Eric Herr
I still remember reading this book in second grade at Catlin Gabel School. It was one of my favorites and I remembered the stories and illustrations like it was yesterday. I came across the book while cleaning out our basement and have been reading it to our second grade son Alec. He is just as fascinated by it as I was. The illustrations are as amazing as I remember.

Excellent book on Greek Mythology. Fantastic for kids. Pictures are amazing.

Finished this book about a week ago with Alec but I am
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Holly Lindquist
This is a wonderful introduction to the colorful world of Greek Myth. Even though it was published back in 1962, it's lost none of its charm. The D'Aulaire's know how to tell a story and their whimsical illustrations are the perfect augmentations. I especially love the subtle details in the drawings: Ares, God of War, has the crankiest face one could imagine, while his spikey-haired henchman, Eris,lurks beyond him. And who can't but feel a pang of sympathy for poor Arachne, domed to be a sad lit ...more
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