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

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  13,647 Ratings  ·  784 Reviews
Here are the gods, goddesses, and legendary figures of ancient Greece--mighty Zeus, with his fistful of thunderbolts; gray-eyed Athena, goddess of wisdom; Helios, the sun; greedy King Midas--lavishly depicted by Caldecott winners Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. In a relaxed and humorous tone, these splendid artists bring to life the myths that have inspired great European ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 1962)
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Dec 14, 2007 'trie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
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
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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I adored this book when I was a child.
Shelle Klein Houser
Dec 11, 2009 Shelle Klein Houser rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 08, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it
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
Feb 17, 2010 Joanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: when-i-was-a-kid
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
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jun 04, 2017 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, kids-1001
Not only is this a five star book. I have to add it to my list of best books ever. Every kid should read this one. These are stories full of all the things we love in tales---action, adventure, love, cruelty, war, friendship, fighting---all the things that make us human.

G. Branden
Oct 10, 2009 G. Branden rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 23, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
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
Christina Pilkington
Mar 14, 2017 Christina Pilkington rated it it was amazing

This is the most gorgeously illustrated book of Greek mythology I have ever read! I was going to check it out from the library to read with my 10 year old twins, but when I looked through the pages on Amazon, I knew I had to own this book.

The collection of myths are grouped together in such a way that stories build on top of one another which makes it both easier to understand and often more exciting. They are incredibly readable with the stories flowing easily one into the other.

I’d highly re
Sep 01, 2011 Stuart rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 28, 2015 Jon rated it it was amazing
My father got this from the library and read it to me when I was in elementary school. I checked it out over and over again to reread the stories and admire the artwork. This introduced me to the ancient world and started my love affair with history and archaeology. I occasionally wonder if I would be the person I am now if I hadn't discovered this book at such a young age. Do you have kids? Do them a favor and introduce them to these stories. You don't know how much it may change their lives.
Aug 15, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing
My childhood copy is tattered, practically coverless, and very well loved.
Miloš & Brontë
Dec 29, 2012 Miloš & Brontë rated it it was amazing
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
May 29, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
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
Carolyn Hembree
Jul 02, 2013 Carolyn Hembree rated it liked it
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
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
Apr 12, 2015 Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nabila by: Emtiaj
সুনদর :)!

বইটি পড়তে পড়তে আরামে ঘুমিয়ে পড়া সবরগীয় বযাপার। ছবিগুলোও অনেক সুনদর। গরীক মিথ শুরু করার জনয পারফেকট বই। অনেক সময় লাগিয়ে পড়লাম, ভেবেছিলাম সময় বেশি নিলে বেশ কিছু চরিতর এবং গলপ পাকাপাকি ভাবে মাথায় ঢুকিয়ে রাখতে পারবো। কিনতু এত বেশি গলপ এবং এত বেশি চরিতর কমপরেস করে এখানে ঢুকানো হয়েছে যে আমি মোটামুটি গলপ এবং চরিতরের ভিড়ে হারিয়ে গিয়েছি। কিনতু এই হারিয়ে যাওয়া নিয়েও আমার মাঝে কোনো অসনতোষ নেই। গলপ এবং চরিতরগুলো একটা আরেকটার সাথে লিংক করার সটাইলটা ভাল ছিল। যাদের সমৃতিশকতি ভাল তাদের মনে রাখতে সুবিধা
Dec 03, 2008 Christine rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 30, 2011 Kogiopsis rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 07, 2012 GalindoLibrarian rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 13, 2010 Michael rated it it was amazing
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.
May 23, 2017 Zahidul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mythology
গরিক মিথোলজি নিয়ে আমার পড়া সবচেয়ে সহজবোধয বই। পরতিটি মিথের সুনদর বরণনার সাথে সুনদর সব চিতর পড়তে আরো সাহাযয করেছে। এটা পড়ার আগেই হযামিলটনের মিথোলজি পড়া ছিল আর তা পড়ার সময় বেশ কাঠখড় পোহাতে হয়েছে এ কথা বুঝতে পেরে এখন আফসোস লাগছে। এটা আগে পড়া থাকলে হযামিলটনের মিথোলজি পড়তে হয়তো এতটা কাঠখড় পোহাতে হতো না। যাইহোক , যাদের গরিক মিথোলজি সমপরকে খুব বেশি আইডিয়া নেই কিনতু এ সমপরকে জানতে ইচছুক তাদের জনয পারফেকট একটা বই। ...more
Helena Sorensen
Mar 19, 2017 Helena Sorensen rated it it was amazing
Outstanding collection!
Merril Anil
Oct 03, 2014 Merril Anil rated it it was amazing
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
Lauren Lee
May 12, 2014 Lauren Lee rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 20, 2014 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I checked this book out from the library several weeks ago I told the Circulation Clerk that this book had been a "formative text in my childhood," and indeed it had been. I still remember the day, about forty-five years ago, when my mother and grandmother and I were in an upscale toy store in Houston and my grandmother decided to buy this for me.

I was standing several feet to the left of the cashier's counter, looking at some other item on display.

The cashier asked my grandmother, "And w
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
Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue)
This collection of Greek myths is just as good the second time around ten years later and in audio book format. I am currently reorganizing a friend's library and she gave me liberty to borrow whatever I please. I found this gem, considering she did not have any other audio books that I found and my ancient car only takes cassettes. I am an absolute fan of Greek myths for I read this book ten years ago in paperback format and it has stuck with me ever since.

I have only recently delved into the w
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