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Twelve Labors of Hercules (Step into Reading, Step 3, paper)
Although he is the strongest man in the world, Hercules must also use his wits to complete the tasks that the jealous king has in store for him. From giant ogres to fearsome Amazons, Hercules tackles his foes gamely. With the rollicking humor of a tall tale, this retelling is an exciting first step into Greek mythology.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published September 30th 1997 by Random House Books for Young Readers
(first published September 1st 1997)
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A good summary of the 12 labors of Hercules for young readers. However... although I understand that you can't tell elementary kids exactly WHY he had to do the labors (too violent & wrong), at least say something like "Hercules accidentally hurt someone and had to make up for it"--even that would be better than saying nothing for a reason. All this book says is he became a hero but "did not know what to do next" until the Oracle told him to do the 12 labors for the king. So, just because he ...more
I learned that Hercules had many adventures in fighting the Hydra and the mean lion and brought the stag with the golden horns to the King. He did not fail a single task, although the king tried to get the hardest tasks in the world. Hercules was very strong. The king didn't want Hercules to be as strong as he is, so he gave them hard tasks.
Feb 15, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: Daniel Stokes
This is a book my youngest son told me about and I just had to read it. I'm so glad I did. Hercules is a much more fascinating character than I'd ever given him credit for.
Best-selling author, Marc Cerasini has spent time on the New York Times and USA Today best-seller's lists. His writing spans from children's picture books and young adult novels to adult mystery and military nonfiction. Along the way, he's managed to ghostwrite for Tom Clancy.More about Marc Cerasini...