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Libro de maravillas para niñas y niños (Wonder-Books #1)

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En 1838, Nathaniel Hawthorne le propuso a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow escribir juntos una versión infantil del mito clásico de la caja de Pandora, pero aquel proyecto nunca se materializó. Unos años más tarde, Hawthorne escribió este Libro de maravillas, en el que nos ofrece una adaptación libre y vivaz de seis leyendas de la mitología griega. El autor se propuso modernizar ...more
192 pages
Published 2012 by Acantilado (first published 1852)
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My recent time with Hawthorne and Hawthorne scholarship has made me cautious about taking anything Hawthorne said about himself at face value, but I am inclined to agree with him when he remarked that The Wonder Book was some of his best work. I've read many re-tellings of classical myths for both children and adults, and I put Hawthorne's renditions among the very (very) best. His intention is not to remain faithful to the myths' ancient forms (at least not in any straightforward understanding ...more
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-mythology
I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology and, unlike many of my peers, have been reading about it long before I even heard of the Percy Jackson series. Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales was one of the first books that I had ever read on Greek mythology and nurtured my love for it. So when I saw the book on my school library shelf, I couldn't help picking it up.

This book was good read, though I must confess, I've read about most of the stories before from Roger Lancelyn Green's Tale
Rebecca Van Wagner
I absolutely loved this. It is witty and clever and funny. Would love to read again. Loved the illustrations!
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For someone who forgets what little she was taught of Greek myths, this was a delightful reintroduction. I was completely ignorant of the stories of Perseus and the Gorgon's head, the miraculous pitcher, and Hercules' three golden apples. The rest were only vaguely familar. But I realize how much the themes of these old stories come up in more modern storytelling. I am convinced of the deep importance of reading these myths!

Hawthorne is a little too self-deprecating for me, and the introductions
Jacklyn (ReadingBliss)
I read this to my son as our first literary introduction to greek myths and thought the framing of the narrator was endearing to the reader. I felt as if I were among the children being told the stories by the elder student upon the varying natural sceneries. Not having much experience outside of Disney's interpretation of greek myths, I thought this was a great beginning. The stories were vivid, but not too long and included several illustrations throughout. There were several tales collaborate ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am definitely not the target audience for this book, due to my age and living over a century after the book was written. Rating it therefore is somewhat of a tricky task.
The book includes six stories re-imagined (sort of) from the Greek mythology. A third of them have a very basic moral of "wouldn't it be nice to gather all bad people together and then just get rid of them all at once" - a notion way overly simplistic for my liking, which is why I did not rate the book very high. It is not all
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked that these classical myths were retold with the framing device of Eustace telling them to the children.

I was familiar with most of the stories, like King Midas, but I liked these version. Would make a good story to share with children.

Aware of Nathaniel Hawthorne but not read anything by him before.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six of the popular Greek myths are retold in the setting of a university student telling the stories to his younger cousins. Delightful. Originally published in 1851, I listened to this as a free download from It was beautifully read.
Couldn't finish it. Liked the myths, but the framing story annoyed me.
Ray Palmer
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-the-kids
This was a light and amusing way to enjoy reading a few Greek myths to my children. The author’s attempts to tell the stories in ways that “modern” children would understand are somewhat lost considering how long ago the book was written.
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids who like mythology
Recommended to Skjam! by: Barnes & Noble sale
Tanglewood is a large country house out in the Berkshires which is owned by the Pringle family. They have a great many relatives with young children who often come visiting, and it frequently falls to their sole teenage relative, Eustace Bright, to entertain the younglings. It’s a good thing that young Mr. Bright knows many fascinating stories, and delights in the telling of them! Through the year, he regales his audience with tales of Greek mythology.

Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of the great Amer
Nicholas Kane
I've had this on my bookshelf for a few years now, and I originally picked it up because I love Greek myths. I tried to read this book at least two years ago but discarded it in favor of other reads. I figured I'd pick it up again since I've matured and it would be a short read for the end of the year. I found myself struggling to get through the book once again. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad about the Greek myths. Actually, the myths are the best parts of this book. The parts that had ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Beautiful writing and some of the most beautiful children's stories I have read in a long time! My children ages 5-8 were enthralled and though we read them through slowly over 2-3 months they never wanted the readings to stop. One of my new personal favorites to read aloud to children! Hawthorne is quite descriptive and I know some have an issue with that but for us that is what made these stories come alive!
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I have been re-reading books that were important to me when I was young. I say "re-reading" but back then I rarely read them all the way through. I tended just to dip and skim. This time, decades later, I am reading them properly, from start to finish.

Nathaniel Hawthorne's A Wonder Book was possibly my first introduction to the world of Classical Myth (I can't be entirely sure about this). I remember that the stories made a great impression on me. The myths are retold with skill and cha
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. My kids (4 - 9yrs) loved it--they kept begging me to read it for longer. It makes an excellent read-aloud for all ages of children, since the stories are short enough (there are six in the book that take about an hour to read) and reworked enough to be perfect for children. They are not Disneyfied (considering that Hawthorne predates Disney by a fair bit of time but you know what I mean), but the myths are enjoyably and appropriately told (as compared to dry and boring) with a nice s ...more
The quest for a suitable imaginative literature for the formation of the young continues.
Hawthorne offers us a great option here. His creative re-tellings of some few Greek myths, bracketed between a lighthearted telling of the setting in which Hawthorne's rhapsode, Eustace Bright, is cajoled into telling a story to his younger companions, and a narration of the effect it had upon his audience as they stroll through the hills and ravines of their home range.
Hawthorne does take some liberties her
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In compiling this book, Hawthorne made an interesting selection of myths, choosing the tale of Perseus, that of King Midas, the parable of Pandora, one exploit of Heracles and sharing the experience of Philemon and Baucis as well as a retelling of Bellorophon's quest to mount Pegasus and slay the Chimera.

He brings in a Williams student telling the tales with a group of children in the Berkshires. Treacly at times and sanitized for a Nineteenth Century audience, the book does read well, with nice
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: quirky kids
Recommended to Nan by: self
Shelves: child-read
I got this book (A Wonder Book) years ago to read to my son. I could not read it to him because of the stilted-sounding language! My 7 year old son has now picked it up and absolutely loves both the Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales. He doesn't complain about the language at all. Strangely, Tanglewood Tales is in the young adult section of the school library, and I had to write a permission note for my son to check it out. Sadly, neither of these books are on the "AR List" for school so he doesn' ...more
Maggie McCormack
Hawthorne's reinvention of classical Greek myths is framed around the adventures of a group of children in the village called Tanglewood. The tales are wonderfully told with quirks and sleights-of-hand that can keep an older audience as equally entertained as the targeted younger audience. The book offers more than just the re-telling of old tales; it provides insight into the coming-of-age of certain characters (Eustace, a college student; and Primrose, a preteen girl), as well as interesting c ...more
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Tales and Sketches

In compilation only.

1) Preface
2) Tanglewood Porch: Introductory to "The Gorgon's Head"
3) The Gorgon's Head
4) Tanglewood Porch: After the Story
5) Shadow Brook: Introductory to "The Golden Touch"
6) The Golden Touch
7) Shadow Brook: After the Story
8) Tanglewood Play-Room: Introductory to "The Paradise of Children"
9) The Paradise of Children
10) Tanglewood Play-Room: After the Story
11) Tanglewood Fireside: Introductory to "The Three Golden Apples"
12) The Three Gol
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, own
These retellings of classic myths by Hawthorne didn't quite do it for us. We liked it at first, but then I realized I wasn't too keen on Hawthorne's changes to the myths and even though Logan reads many older books (e.g., E Nesbit, Kenneth Grahame, C.S. Lewis) the language in these stories was tedious for him. Turn of the century works for us, but 1850's seems too archaic for this 6-year-old. We kept meaning to go back to it, but I think we were both avoiding it. So I am officially abandoning it ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An adorable, fun read for kids and adults who love storytelling and Greek mythology!
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the type that sits on ur coffee table, looking cool but never actually being read, and once you do read it, you're glad you did.

I enjoyed this book and it's telling of Greek myths. The writing was beautiful and in a very distinct style that required the reader to pay attention to what was being said. An interesting thing about this "Wonder Book" was that it had a main storyline besides the myths it told. I was not expecting this and so it was a pleasant surprise.

Overall this book wa
Rosa Folgar
I had no idea Nathaniel Hawethorne wrote children's books?! What I really loved about this book, and actually what brought it to my attention, was the Greek mythology in it. Hawethorne does an amazing job of telling classic tales while making them interesting and accessible enough that anyone can understand them. The character Eustace himself, is a little eccentric and prides himself on his story-telling abilities, even tho he uses the ruse of keeping the Tanglewood kids quiet in order to weave ...more
Frank Theising
My wife purchased this audiobook, a popular retelling of several Greek mythological tales, for our daughters. My oldest is only 6 so they weren't quite able to make it all the way through the stories without multiple pauses to explain some of the details but they really enjoyed the stories nevertheless (and now knowing the stories, enjoy listening to it again on their own). Hawthorne's wonder book covers the stories of Perseus & Medusa, Midas, Pandora, Hercules, Quicksilver (Hermes), and Peg ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-myths
Had this book not been wrapped in plastic and I could have read the preface I wouldn't have purchased it. I have a fascination with Greek Myths, but the way Hawthorne changes these made the book honestly a pain to read. The preface warns the reader to these changes and excuses the language used. The title claims this is a children's book, but I would not agree. Hawthorne uses language that would confuse and bore most children. All in all I would not recommend this book and will probably not be k ...more
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this classic children's book, Hawthorne retells several timeless Greek myths with his own nineteenth century touch. The illustrations by the gifted illustrator Arthur Rackham complement the tales perfectly. The language is clearly not modern -- possibly a deterrent for some readers-- but these touching and vivid versions still carry enough power to delight the right young -- and young at heart -- readers.
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful and satisfying. Hawthorne demonstrates the timeless nature of Greek myths, as well as how much more meaningful they may become at the hands of a creative, loving soul. In other words, Hawthorne was able to give these classic stories heart to animate their dormant souls. The story of Bellerophon's search for the pegasus (and the child's role in this search) was particularly moving. Highly recommended.
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just read this book again for the first time in decades (this is a Dover edition; the book is customarily known as A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys); now I want to find a copy of Tanglewood Tales, too. I still don't love the framing device, but I still do love the stories, especially the slaying of the gorgon and the story of Baucis and Philemon. I was entertained by the description of the breakfast served to King Midas.
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I realize the literary importance of knowing the Greek myths, I've never been a fan. They've always felt somehow flat to me. What Hawthorne has done here is enchanting and engaging. He has given these ancient characters and their stories depth and charm. This book is a wonderful way to introduce children to these myths, and I wish I had had the pleasure and privilege of reading them when I was young.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation's colonial history.

Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828. In 1837, he published Twice-Told T
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