D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
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The author-artists, Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaires, have created a sumptuous treat both for eye and imagination. The stories have been dialed back a bit for bitlets, but the stories still hold true to the original intentions, in my opinion. 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.
Edgar illustrated Children of the Soil: A Story of Scandinavia by Nora Burglon, who was a 1932 Newbery Medal runner-up for that work.Animals Everywhere was reprinted and retitled d'Aulaires' Book of Animals in late April 2007, followed by a new edition of The Two Cars, then by Too Big and Foxie, a retelling of Anton Chekhov's short story "Kashtanka". Because all the various gods and goddesses are shown in a two-page illustrated layout, with the Roman versions shown toward the end of the book. I -- Io: I liked her punishment from Hera, being turned into a cow, but I don't think it is fair for just having been with Zeus. For example, in the story of the overthrow of Uranus, mention is made of the fateful sickle, and of Cronos's attack upon his father, but the exact nature of the attack is unspecified. Everyone, no matter what his or her age, should read this indispensable retelling of the Greek Myths, a foundation stone of the Western tradition.
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. They were part of the group of immigrant artists composed of Feodor Rojankovsky, Roger Duvoisin, Ludwig Bemelmans, Miska Petersham and Tibor Gergely, who helped shape the Golden Age of picture books in mid-twentieth-century America. F -- Fates: The ones who said they knew the future, the ones who knew when people were going to die. 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. As a kid I read constantly (probably 4-5 books a week), and this was one of my favorite books to re-read.A modest insurance settlement following a near-fatal bus–trolley collision in Paris provided the seed money for Edgar's steerage-class voyage to the U. It was neat that he plopped out his eyes when he found out he had killed his father because that was the punishment he'd said and he lived up to it. I demanded to know why I couldn't worship Zeus instead of his God; I wanted to know why, if the Greek Gods came first, they had a flood, Heracles was resurrected, and Phrixus was saved from being sacrificed by his father by the presence of a golden ram, amongst other things. I occasionally wonder if I would be the person I am now if I hadn't discovered this book at such a young age. Edgar, a pupil of Hans Hofmann and Henri Matisse,  studied fresco in Florence, painted murals in France and Norway, and exhibited in Paris, Berlin and Oslo.
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. Mighty Zeus with his fistful of thunderbolts; mischievous little Hermes; grey-eyed Athena, godess of wisdom; Asclepius, the first physician; Orpheus and his beloved Euridice; Helios the sun, crossing the heavens in his fiery chariot. One can see how a child would want to read this over and over, but it's a great read for adults, too. 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. I have only recently delved into the wide world of audio books and I have found that narration can either make or break a book.
Here are the immortals of Olympus—the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece—as freshly described as if they were alive today. Before I gift this to some young relatives of mine, I intend to prepare a pronunciation guide in LaTeX (or LyX) and tape it into the endpapers.
In 2005, New York Review Books reissued Norse Gods and Giants under the name d'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths. Although some of the gorier details of these myths have been glossed over, the authors have opted for generalization rather than outright omission. The couple immigrated to the United States from Europe and worked on books that focused on history such as Abraham Lincoln, which won the 1940 Caldecott Medal. The d'Aulaires won the third annual Caldecott Medal in 1940 for Abraham Lincoln, a picture-book life of the 16th U. One day he asked me about a myth so I started reading him the book, then I had to go do something (laundry maybe, I forget what).This collection of Greek myths is just as good the second time around ten years later and in audio book format. Awarded the 1940 Caldecott Medal for their picture-book biography of Abraham Lincoln, the d'Aulaires published other children's biographies, as well as some notable works on Greek and Norse mythology. The drawings, particularly the full-page ones in this oversized volume, are excellent and excitingly evocative. They haven't needed to find that power for themselves, we've pointed the way to that power from the start. the kings and heroes of ancient legend will remain forever matter-of-fact; the pictures interpret the text literally and are full of detail and witty observation.