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Favorite Greek Myths

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  477 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Here are twelve Greek myths, retold in an accessible style and magnificently illustrated with classic elegance. Full color.
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published May 1st 1989 by Scholastic Press (first published 1988)
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Buscando entre mis libros de cuando estaba en el colegio me tope con algunos de los de torre de papel; escogí el de Mitos griegos ya que no me acordaba de haberlo leído.

El gran pecado de este libro: Los nombres de los dioses
Aunque el titulo habla de dioses "griegos" todos los nombres de los relatos tienen los nombres en su versión romana...
No lo entiendo, por cuantas manos debió de pasar el libro en su proceso de publicación y ni una sola alma se indigno con este detalle; si
I think it's dumb how she uses the Roman names of the gods instead. The book is called "Favorite GREEK Myths", not "Favorite Roman Myths". If it's a book about Greek mythology, she should use the Greek names. It confuses me, and it's really annoying.
Even though this is titled "Greek" myths, the author uses the Roman mythology names in the book. Very disappointing in that respect.
Amy Rae
The illustrations in this book are so beautiful, and the retellings are really nicely written. It's genuinely breaking my heart to give this book two stars.

Unfortunately, it's a terrible resource from any but the most narrowly literary perspective.

The source notes are almost non-existent. A vague comment on "who wrote the Greek myths," along with a list of words derived from the Greek language, is not a quality source.

And most annoyingly, Osborne mixes in the names of Roman deities throughout t
So far, this is my favorite of Greek mythology children's books. I liked the illustrations and the stories were told with more fluid story language rather than just choppy retelling. The one thing I didn't like was the use of the Roman names. I think it is because these stories are from later in history so it makes sense but it just makes it hard for me to keep things straight :)
Bell Vallone
I read it first when I was a child and I really liked it. But now, 9 years later, that I read Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus,and did a lot of research about the greeks and romans Gods.I realized that Mary Pope Osborne called her book "Greek Myths" but used lots of Roman names for the Gods. Most Gods had not only different names in greek than in latin, but they had different personalitys too. For the romans,the gods were more like soldiers ready por war. For the greeks ...more
Dali from TJLovesToRead
Good for young an old a like.
Osborne, the author of the Magic Tree House books, retells twelve stories of Greek myth in a very slim (75 not very dense at all pages) volume for children. As in Enid Blyton’s collection, these are tales mostly well-known to Western culture, also mostly from Ovid’s Metamorphoses: Orpheus and Eurydice, Echo and Narcissus, Midas’ greedy wish, Persephone and Hades, the ill-starred love of Cupid and Psyche. She also includes a few obscurities: Arcus, who shot his mother while hunting after she had ...more
Alexandra Aguirre
myths, fables, & legends

So far this has been my favorite book. I must admit to being a bit biased because I absolutely love Greek mythology. I find it so fascinating and entertaining to hear the stories that explain the unknown. Greek Mythology was something I remember always reading growing up. The book was a collective book of many myths. One of my favorite is "Chariot of the Sun the story of Phaeton and Helios."This story explains how the god of the sun and his son entered a terrible disa
A great introduction to Mythology. I had the pleasure of meeting the author at a conference earlier and she spoke of this collection fondly. I enjoyed these stories. Also included are appendices, which are definitely a good reference - it offers both the Roman and Greek names of the characters, descriptions, and a short bibliography of other mythological works. My one quibble is that the Roman names were using in text as opposed to the Greek names.
Some of the stories were too sad or too scary for my just-5 year old. Maybe we'll revisit the book again closer to Kindergarten.
He was fine with The Golden Touch and The Mysterious Visitors.
He cried with Chariot of the Sun God, Lost at Sea, Journey to the Underworld.
The Weaving Contest's ending was very disturbing to him.
I did not read Apollo's Tree, The Face In the Pool, The Kidnapping, The Great Bear, The Golden Apples, or The Four Tasks to him. Saving those for a later time...
This book was my introduction to Greek mythology as a child. Very nice collection of the stories, and written in engaging prose. As others have mentioned, the Greek names would have been preferable; however, overall, great for a first exposure to some of the more famous tales.
Accessible, kid-friendly versions of popular Greek myths, including a short list of modern words with Greek origins, as well as a who's who of gods, goddesses, and mortals appearing in the selected tales.
Ideal for readers8 years and up.
Álex Oliva Silva
Está en el plan lector de mi colegio. A pesar de tener un tema tan interesante, el planteamiento de las historias es aburrido y me aburrí bastante.

Dice ser una recopilación de mitos griegos, pero los nombres de los personajes corresponden a los dioses romanos; además, suaviza demasiado algunas historias que por esencia son pérfidas, como la del Rey Midas o la historia de Dafne y Apolo.
Aug 26, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a terrific collection of Greek myths, short stories that are the perfect length to read with children. The illustrations are very nice and convey the age of the stories. The only problem I have with this book has been critiqued by other reviewers here. I do not like that the author has chosen to use the Roman names. It just seems odd that the book's title announces "Greek" myths, but then uses the different names. Oh well, at least we had fun 'translating' them into the names we know so ...more
 ᴍɪᴄs *that kind of girl*
Awww. Me acuerdo cuando lo leí (hace unos 4 años). Quizá lo relea pronto, e imperdonable que los nombres de los Dioses estén sean las versiones romanas.
Sandy Sopko
I LOVE mythology, and Greek mythology especially -- what an excellent book of myths!
I had to give up reading this; the Roman / Greek / English identity crisis drove me to distraction.
Lisa Overberg
While Osborne chose to use Roman names instead of Greek for the myths, they are a well-told introduction to this genre. Troy Howell's illustrations depict the gods' adventures and provide images for young readers who know nothing about Phaeton's chariot of fire or King Midas' gold touch. The book concludes with a list of gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus as well as the mortals who appear in this collection. It also gives examples of words that have origins in mythology.

Genre: myths
Reading leve
I enjoyed the book as it went into great detail about all the Greek mythology.
This was my favorite bedtime read while growing up. The artwork is gorgeous and the tales detailed without being too dry. Before I could read by myself, my mom would read the stories while I placed myself into the artwork, creating new stories within my head. Now 20 years later I still cherish this text, using it in classroom lessons for both high schoolers and middle schoolers because of how accessible Osbourne writes the tales.
The stories and illustrations were pretty good. What I really didn't like was that the tales were actually Roman, when it said that they were Greek(hence the title). The book used Roman names and it said that most of the stories were retold from a book written by a Roman writer. I like Greek stuff better than Roman, so that took away from the stories.
Beautifully illustrated.
This book has some great retellings of Greek myths. The illustrations are lovely. I just wish that she used the Greek names instead of the Roman. It is perplexing based on the title. Other than that I have no complaints. A nice companion to add to D'Aulaires' books for kids when doing Greek mythology.
Beth Hermes
Jun 06, 2010 Beth Hermes marked it as to-read
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I used this book during my student teaching in order to teach Greek Mythology. It was used for lower level students. The stories were quick intereseting and easy to understand. It can also be used for supplimental work. I would recommend this book, especially for teachers.
Michelle Tempted By Books
I LOVE GREEK Mythology! This was a fabulous Children's reference book, a lot of basic information in a shortened form. I used this as a refresher for myself and for a introduction to my kids. Only problem is some of the names were in their Roman version.
Samantha González
¡MI TEMA FAVORITO! Si hay algo que amo son los mitos griegos, puedo leerlos una y otra vez. Como los griegos se ingeniaban para darle un por qué a todo y la humanización de los dioses que deja muy en claro que la perfección no existe.
Feb 09, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 5th grade readers and up
Excellent version for my 6th grade classroom. Challenging vocabulary, and of course interesting themes! Had encouraged great discussion during our reading block because kids were easily able to connect with the text.
10-11 Isabella
This book was awesome! I really love Greek myths and this book was very detailed. I learned a lot of new information that I never read about in other books about Greek myths.! I recommended it for myth lovers!
We read this together as part of our mythology kick we have been on. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed all the detailed end notes. I would like her to put together another one with more stories.
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