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Greek Myths

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  313 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
From the terror of Medusa and the Minotaur to the Labors of Heracles and journeys of Theseus, the stories in this collection have thrilled and enthralled people for centuries with their high drama, hazardous quests, and unforgettable characters (both mortal and immortal). Under Olivia Coolidge’s skillful pen, the landscape of early Greece and its famous legends bloom with ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 29th 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1949)
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Apr 09, 2012 Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throughout your years in school no matter the grade references to Greek Mythology are always made. If you are like me and you enjoyed learning about the myths than "Greek Myths" by Olivia Coolidge is the book for you. This book has short stories of all the popular gods and the minor gods you may have never known existed. This book is great for the type of reader who cannot get involved in a long drawn book. Since the book has many stories it is easy to pick up and put down without forgetting wha ...more
Sep 17, 2007 Lindy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Greek mythology dorks
The child in me loved the illustrations that were peppered throughout this book and the adult in me loved the complex stories, emotions, struggles and ideas that are collected here. I adore Greek mythology, and this book had several stories I had already read, but also many new ones. This is a YAF book, so the language is simple and easy to understand and read. I liked the book and would recommend it to my fellow Greek myth dorks.
Jan 28, 2015 Faith rated it really liked it
It was a good read! This author is a great story-teller, so you will like it even if your not into Greek mythology. She makes the myths better, even after I have read them a few times over. Very easy going and the only bad thing was that it didn't have all of the myths. I had to read this for school and it has been one of the best books. :)
Paul Childs
Jul 23, 2011 Paul Childs rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I liked the way this book was written. It was a good fast read that kept the stories interesting. There are lots of the more familiar myths covered (i.e. Theseus, Hercules, Midas and the like), plus a few that I don't remember having read about before (i.e. Phaethon, Arachne, and Tithonus).
May 28, 2014 Yongjia rated it really liked it

Greek myths is a good book to read. I like this book because I like myths stories. Before I read this book, I once watched a cartoon which called Greek myths. But this is the first time that I read a book about Greek myths. Greek myths is a classic originals. Worship and sacrifice to god is a very important part of life in ancient Greece. This is one of the reasons I like it.

The English language in this book is not very difficult and there are many short stories in this book, it’s easy to read i
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I enjoyed reading this book and really liked that Hercules could always do the tasks that the king told him to do, even if they were so difficult that the king thought he could get rid of Hercules through them. I also liked the story about the poor couple that gave the gods a meal and a bed, even though they did not have much to offer. If you like reading fantasy books, this is a good one for you. HG

I think the book Hercules is a good book because it talks about greek myths and heroes who saved
Mar 28, 2012 Alexa added it
Love...Love...Will always love this book. Gave me so much information about the myths that I was trying to find out about.
Jul 24, 2007 Jaime rated it it was amazing
Read this with my daughters as it was a little more kid-friendly. Great book!
Feb 02, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it
I have always liked Greek Myths so Of course I loved this book
Jan 13, 2013 C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer garage sales yield worthy finds. Dating back to 1949, “Hercules & Other Tales From Greek Myths” was the first 'Scholastic Book' by Olivia E. Coolidge, only recently deceased at 90. It is proven again and again that writers live long! She specialized in summarizing history for children, successfully educating them in subjects swept under the carpet.

In one night, Olivia's brevity has me exceedingly more richly-versed in Greek lore than ever before. This isn't to say I find their mytholo
Flora Smith
Jul 28, 2014 Flora Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: mythology
This was a great introduction to the Greek myths. Its full of short stories about the Greek Gods and heroes that can either be read in succession or pick out your favorites.

Perfect for kids and adults alike, its fun and easy to read and has cool illustrations. It not only has those myths that are widely known such as Hades and Persephone explaining why the seasons change but also lesser known myths such as when Hermes was a baby.

If you love Greek mythology you should pick this one up. This is on
Apr 30, 2014 Darrel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first year of school, age five, we learned to read. We were then allowed to visit the school's very small library and choose a book to read. This was the book I chose, and read. This is the book that started me on my life of reading.
Shanee Krichely
Apr 13, 2016 Shanee Krichely rated it really liked it
This book is GREAT for people interested in mythology. Full of inspiring stories and lots of details. This book is FULL of adventure!
Mariah Gragg
Mar 25, 2016 Mariah Gragg rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the stories of the Greek Myths. Very intriguing and tied me in fast. I always liked some of the Greek Myth stories, and I am happy I found a book entirely dedicated to them.
Oct 14, 2015 Zoe rated it really liked it
I liked the book, I just like others better. Namely, D'aulaires Greek Myths, Percy Jackson's Greek Myths, and Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes. If you want an understanding of Greek myths and gods, this works, but others are just as good, and they will make you love the myths and find them exciting!
Greek Myths is a great collection of stories of the Greek Gods. This book or parts of the book could be used in the study of ancient Greece to supplement the Social Studies unit. Or if students are doing a genre study this could be used in the broad category of "traditional tales" stories, passed down for generations. Additionally, these stories all teach a lesson or moral so students could create their own modern myth that teachers a simular lesson in current times.
Jan 08, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
I remember reading this back when I was in elementary school. The stories were easy to understand for me and the pictures were marvelous. For me it didn't have enough stories to my liking. I mean the stories are pretty much in order my favorite stories are the ones about the heroes of mythology and it contained a few of those. Either way it is a good book if you'd like to get in to mythology.
Jan 04, 2014 Zachary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tolkienite
I loved this book as a child, and wanted to re-read it. There is still something pleasantly simple yet adventuresome in Coolidge's (admittedly watered-down) telling of these ancient stories. It reminded me of many 5th grade days.
Celeste Batchelor
Jul 17, 2008 Celeste Batchelor rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Homeschoolers, Youth
We used this book during our Ancient History and Literature year. The stories are easy enough for late elementary and middle school aged children.
Aug 13, 2008 Spoza rated it liked it
I wanted to brush up on my Greek Myths and this was a very fun read, but not exactly the best anthology of Myths that I could pick.
Dec 24, 2013 Jesstine rated it really liked it
Could use a few more myths
Aug 03, 2011 Rojo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
read it for english class, it was favorite story was "Cupid and Psyche".
Jun 29, 2013 Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this when I was ten years old. A great way to be introduced to the Greek myths.
Rosalee Land
It is a pretty good book but some of it has some pretty creepy stuff in it.
Jaynei Stone
Jan 02, 2013 Jaynei Stone rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I think the book is a great selection for others who enjoy mythical stories.
Jan 23, 2012 Sabrina rated it liked it
Very interesting. I enjoyed it very much!
May 04, 2012 Ella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only read a few of the myths
Dorion Zambuchini
Didn't know many of the myths
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Olivia Coolidge was born in London, England, in 1908. She received her education at Somerville College, Oxford University, where her main subjects included Latin, Greek, and philosophy. These studies helped her earn her place in the pantheon of children's literature through her mythological re-tellings demonstrating careful research and the adroit capacity to bring the past to life.
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