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D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

(D'Aulaires' Greek Myths)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  17,092 ratings  ·  1,073 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 Press (first published 1962)
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Dec 14, 2007 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 have recently been reading George O'Conner's books of mythology and he had pieces of stories I have never heard before. After reading this, I now know where he got this information from, or at least a place. This fills in many gaps of the myths I did not know.

These are mostly quick and simple tellings of the Greek myths. It's a great way to get an overview of mythology without having to read Homer or other tomes. I have read both the Odyssey and the Iliad. I love great myths and these seem to
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
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
I adored this book when I was a child.
Dec 08, 2009 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
One of those books every home should have and every child should read growing up. I wish I had read it then, but no. However, I still have (somewhere!) my very worn copy of Edith Hamilton's Mythology which I read over and over. Instead I first enjoyed D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths with my own children.

Did they/we believe in the Greek and Roman gods? No more than Mother Goose, but they formed the imagination and are part of our Western understanding of who we are. We come from the Greeks.

Dec 11, 2009 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
Jun 23, 2013 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
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I know this is like everyone's favorite childhood mythology book (including mine, I think), but I don't like it. It does that thing where rapes are glossed over as "marriages", which is horrible to read if you know what actually happens in the myths. I know that they can't actually talk about rape in a kids book because we can't ever bring up anything sex-related in a kids book, but it makes me really uncomfortable, you know?
Also, my brother and I were flipping through this book the other day, a
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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.

Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Literally my childhood
G. Branden
Oct 10, 2009 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
This book looks like a simple re-telling of ancient Greek mythology. And yes, it is that. But what makes this such a treasure is the way they put it together. There is a thread, much as the Fates spun theirs for humans. For example, when the chapter on Theseus concludes, the next chapter starts with the tale of Oedipus meeting Theseus. Thus, we learn the tale of Oedipus.

The drawings are simple, but tell the entire story. Instead of focusing on just an illustration of a character, there is a symb
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
Sep 01, 2011 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
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites
I remember first reading this in third grade after having read The Lightning Thief and becoming fascinated by Greek mythology. It was the best introduction I could ever have asked for and is still the one I trust to be both simple and accurate.

I'd like to imagine that Riordan himself read this while researching for Percy Jackson or, perhaps, even when he was a young child and that this sparked his fascination at such an early age. Now that goodreads has told me that he has added this book to hi
Carolyn Hembree
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rereading
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
Christina Pilkington
Mar 14, 2017 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
May 28, 2015 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. ...more
Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My childhood copy is tattered, practically coverless, and very well loved.
Vinod Kurup
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read aloud with the kids. Now I finally understand Greek mythology that I was supposed to learn in college.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm very new to mythology. Loved this beautiful and readable introduction. ...more
Miloš & Brontë
Dec 29, 2012 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 like
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Mythology Lovers / Fans of the D'Aulaires
This classic introduction to Greek mythology for children, written and illustrated by the husband-wife team, is divided into three main sections. The first covers the beginnings of the world and the stories of the Olympian gods and goddesses; the second is devoted to the minor gods, nymphs, satyrs, and centaurs; and the third relates the tales of the human heroes of epic and play.

Although some of the gorier details of these myths have been glossed over, the authors have opted for generalization
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
We really enjoyed this book.
Dec 03, 2008 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
Jan 07, 2012 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 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. ...more
Lauren Lee
May 12, 2014 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
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Ingri d'Aulaire (1904-1980) was an American children's artist and illustrator, who worked in collaboration with her husband and fellow artist, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. Born Ingri Mortenson in Kongsburg, Norway, she studied art in Norway, Germany and France, and met Edgar Parin d'Aulaire when she was a student in Munich. They married in 1925, and immigrated to the USA shortly thereafter, settling in ...more

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