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Greek Gods and Goddesses (Orchard Myths)

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Here are fifteen wonderful stories about the Greek gods and goddesses -- Zeus, the most powerful; his wife Hera; and their large, extended family. In the splendid retellings, Geraldine McCaughrean vividly recreates the world of these powerful characters who also possessed human attributes and failings.The collection includes favorite stories such as how Paris judged who wa ...more
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published August 28th 1997)
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Apr 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I liked reading these sories they were exciting, and interesting.I loved the stories they told in the book.
I liked learning about them.
Brenna McEvitt
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-6-books, nonfiction
This is a wonderful introduction to many of the stories of the Greek gods and goddesses. It is written as a collection of tales that Hermes tells to the monster Argus, as he hopes to lure him to sleep and kill him for Zeus. Tales in the book range from how Athena was born from Zeus's head, to how Dionysus created dolphins, and how the city of Athens was named after Athena. It is a great book to use in an intermediate class for an introduction to Greek mythology. It can also be used in partnershi ...more
Jeremiah Benjamin
We borrowed this for Classical Conversations Cycle 1. I knew it would be a longer book for our kids (ages 6 and 4) but I had hoped they would like some of the stories. They didn't really seem to be very interested in any of the stories just yet, but when Cycle 1 repeats they will be 9 and 7 and will hopefully enjoy this book more at that time!

The stories are classic Greek stories, some that I had remembered bits of from school and several that I had never heard before. The stories themselves ar
Brigid Sullivan
This book is compilation of various Greek/Roman myths. It describes the specific gods and goddess of Mount Olympus and shares a few stories related to these gods. My 6th grade teacher used this book in our Greek history social studies unit. We had pick a god or goddess from the book, research them and write a summary and opinion piece about them. This fit into reading and social studies. Our final project was to dress and act like them during an all class activity. It was a fun way to learn abou ...more
This was a great read aloud introduction with cute illustrations from an artist we knew from earlier picture books. Katherine really enjoyed learning about the gods and goddesses--seemed like she was at the perfect age for it because she is interested in god(s) and magic and death. She laughed a lot at Hermes the big baby and liked the myths that explained the reasons for natural phenomena (like how Dionysus created the first dolphins, or how young crazy recklessly drove the sun chariot and mess ...more
Kendra saunders
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-best, inspiring
This was FANTASTIC! I originally got this book out from the library to find out about a couple of Greek Goddesses for inspiration for drawing but ended up finding myself reading it from start to finish. It gripped me so strongly that I wont be forgetting theses stories for a very long time (if ever).
A good source for more information when interest is sparked by the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
10-11 Kara
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book of Greek Gods and Goddess is a good book. It has a story for almost all the gods and goddess.
It was a enjoiable book to read.
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Independently read and rated by Kate. Kate is still all about the Greek gods and goddess, so she loved this.
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Joe: Just a retelling.
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Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This book gave me more information about the Greek gods and goddesses that I didn't know before. That's why I think this book is so-so. No offend to the author.
Feb 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 9-14
Recommended to Clare by: my best friend
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read one or two stories pretty long
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Geraldine McCaughrean was born in 1951 and brought up in North London. She studied at Christ Church College of Education, Canterbury and worked in a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer in 1988. She has written over 120 books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.

Her adult novels include Fires’ Astonishment (1990) and The Ideal Wife (1997), but she is bes
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