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Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Norse

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The ancient Norse, renowned as fearless sailors and unrelenting warriors, worshiped gods who mirrored their skills and interests. These brave seafarers carried their beliefs from northern Europe across the Atlantic Ocean to Iceland, Greenland, and eventually to America. Although such beliefs have now faded away, the Norse gods and goddesses still live today in literature, ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published June 13th 2005 by Holiday House (first published 1999)
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Short and sweet and thus not quite complete. Good for younger children as it skips over any potentially distressing parts of the stories. The back page has a very nice pronunciation guide and a wonderful bibliography for further explorations.
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Summary: (from front cover flap) In his latest book on mythology, Leonard Everett Fisher describes 14 Norse gods and goddesses, explaining their powers, their duties and their images.

Review: Clear language and vivid illustrations bring the old Norse gods and goddesses to life. Relationships and concepts that could be difficult to understand are made simple enough for children ages 5 and up to grasp. Includes a map, pronunciation guide and family tree at the back of the book.

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Sam Grace
The illustrations are great, the descriptions of the gods (one per page) are accessible and not too long. I wish there were more goddesses, but I think that's more a reflection of the pantheon than the author's choice.
Full of mistakes and misinformation.

Glaringly obvious mistakes, and I'm not even that well-versed in Norse mythology.
A good introduction to Norse mythology for anyone who has an interest in the subject. Easy to read.
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