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Read by Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Kathleen Turner, and Matthew Broderick

Here are the immortals of Olympus—the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece—as freshly described as if they were alive today.

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. . . these and other equally fabulous figures are featured here with their heroic deeds and petty squabbles illuminated in full dimension.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449014165
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 639,138
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

INGRI and EDGAR PARIN D’AULAIRE were author-artists of rare distinction. They met in Munich where both were studying art. Ingri had grown up in Norway; Edgar, the son of a noted Italian portrait painter, was born in Switzerland and had lived in Paris and Florence.  Shortly after they married they together began to create text and art for the picture books that established their reputation for unique craftsmanship. During an extended trip to Greece, they studied and sketched the countryside, the people, the architecture, and the artifacts of long ago.  These elements appear with unmistakable authenticity, transformed by the d’Aulaires’ own artistic concepts.

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Excerpted from "D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths"
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Copyright © 2012 Ingri d'Aulaire.
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D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My parents bought me this book back in the 60's, when I was 7, and it was one of my favorites for years. Now my own 7-year-old pores over my old copy for hours at a time, and I plan to replace it after he wears it out. Sharing this book with my son brings back many happy memories of similar storytimes with my own parents; re-reading it 40 years later, it's still fresh. After reading Ovid and other Greek poets in college later on, I realized that the d'Aulaires' version of the Greek myths (while cleaned up for kids where necessary) is surprisingly complete; it retains all the wondrous, compelling and tragic/comic elements of the original myths and presents them in a fresh re-telling. The illustrations are glorious. For anyone interested in Greek mythology, the classical world, ancient history, literature or art, this is a must-have. A good read; great for adults as well as kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this in second grade and it's remained one of my favorite books to date. The pictures are great, and the stories include some of the lesser known myths. It is to this book that I owe much of my knowledge of Greek mythology. I have not yet found a collection that equals it. I highly recommend it to anyone, of any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mother gave me this book some 35 years ago and it was one of my very favorite books of all time. I just bought it for my Godson and he is just as amazed and taken with the stories and pictures as I was. By the time I went to college and had to take Mythology, I already knew more than half of the stories! Needless to say, it was an easy A.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Can't believe it I just got my daughter's summer reading and when I searched the title and saw the picture I was shocked. I still have this book from 30 years ago when I was in middle school. It is one of very few books I have held onto as treasures. It was so wonderful that it has moved with me several times and stayed with me. I am so pleased to be able to give it to my daughter because I know what it taught me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I originally found this book in the garbage,when i was in the 4th grade and tried to patch it up, I to this day do not understand why it was thrown out. I love it and have bought a new copy since!! I have gotten into debates about mythology and have won because of this book. It is full of a great story that anyone of any age would LOVE!!!
KitFL More than 1 year ago
I discovered this book on the library shelf in the 1970s...an avid reader even as a child, I devoured these stories over and over. The illustrations are awesome and I'm happy to see they've kept the original artwork in the reprint. My 10-yr old niece recently "discovered" Greek mythology...I was around the same age!...and I've ordered this book for her. I just can't bring myself to part with my own copy! Would recommend to anyone who is interested in Greek mythology.
CCHCrow More than 1 year ago
I think this is the fourth time I have bought a copy of this book, because each copy eventually disappears from my classroom library. It's so good that children steal it! It's also so good that my library just doesn't feel complete without it. The pictures and text are engaging, and the stories are classics that any well-educated person should know as part of his or her cultural literacy. Very highly recommended.
fin_bheara More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book...I still have this book that my Grandfather gave to me back when I was in grade school. I am glad to see it is still in print. This is a great book for children and adults alike, with beautiful illustrations and interesting descriptions of the major and minor Greek gods and goddesses. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember this book being read to us in the 3rd Grade. Even though we only read the first few stories, I borrowed the book and read the rest. It began my lifelong love of the heroic (and tragic) tales of Greek myths. It surprised me how much the stories helped in my college years when reading some of the original texts. The stories aren't really dumbed-down and the illustrations stimulate the imagination without taking away from the written words. Now, years later I still have this book even though most of my others have long since gone away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first got this book in fourth grade and read it from cover to cover--it wittily and captivatingly retells some of the greatest tales of humankind and brings them to life with beautiful illustrations! As a high school senior in AP Literature, I just rediscovered this book yesterday and I am just as impressed with it as I was eight years ago. Don't be held back by how it is marketed as a children's book D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths is written in such a way that anyone can enjoy and appreciate it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is most definitely one of the best books I read as a child. I got it in forth grade and now, as a senior in high school, I still remember most of what I read. That's amazing - condidering I can't really remember what I had for lunch yesterday. I can confidently say that anyone who reads this book will enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
D'aulaires' expressionistic illustrations bring these ancient tales to life in a way that has never been equaled. I think even Plato would have marveled at how well these images capture the spirit of these myths. The writing is excellent as well--superbly accurate to historical sources yet lively and humorous. I grew up with this book. If I had to choose one book that has effected my life more than any other, this would be it.
eevers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This anthology includes many Greek myths with hand-drawn illustrations to accompany them. This is a great resources to have access to in a classroom!
tripleAgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Best of the bestest!!!!
linnaea44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous picture book with short stories about the Greek gods and goddesses. The short stories about the gods and goddesses make it easier to read and imagine what they were like. The details in the illustrations are magnificant they almost tell the story without the words. I have read these myths before, but without pictures and they are not as inviting as this. I believe this book would be a great asset to all classrooms.
stgayde on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic collection on Greek myths. It begins relatively chronologically. Subsequently the myths lead wonderfully into the next. The illustrations are enticing and relevant.
bkwurm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely the best book to introduce kids (or adults) to Greek mythology. The stories are short and tempered, but accurate and exciting. The illustrations are appealing. It reads in a somewhat chronological order, gives each major god or goddess his/her own page, gives the stories of all the minor gods and goddesses, and thoroughly covers each of the major heroes and his (because they are all men) adventures. I read this book to my kids and it totally turned them on to Greek mythology. They've asked me to read it to them over again, and my older daughter picks it up and reads it on her own. It reminded me of my own love of mythology as well and inspired me to delve deeper into some of my favorite myths. This is a book no household should be without!
declaro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've had this book since at least 1st grade, and out of all the myth books for kids that I read, this is the best. Sure, it's watered down somewhat (Greek myths are bawdy!), but it otherwise stays true to the myths. If you want to introduce your kids to Greek Mythology, this is the book to do it with.
Bamulholland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had this book as a textbook when I was twelve, and I can't count the number of times I re-read it. It may seem like a little thing, but the Greek Myths do turn up in all sorts of literature, and it can be very useful to get them into your head at a young age..
laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has a whole bunch of Greek Myths. I like this version because it has beautiful and pretty pictures. I like the way that some are colored in and some aren't. They look very lifelike. It includes pretty much all the Greek myths straight from the beginning and tells you the history of Greek gods.
gildallie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember a version of this anthology being around when I was a child- many, many moons ago. A wonderful overview of the many stories and personalities of the colorful dieties that graced the top of Mount Olympus and the lands below and beneath it. Perhaps a bit much for the very young, but a good overview for the older kids. With beautiful pictures throughout, we are introduced to Hermes, Aphrodite and Mercury, and the exciting tales of Hercules as well as the woeful story of Daedulus and his overconfident son, Icarus. This is an excellent way to introduce a child to where those many new versions of the old myths came from.
Borg-mx5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was a child, my mother would take me to the library while she did her shopping in town. I discovered and loved this book. It sparked my imagination. When I grew up, I discovered this edition again. It still makes me smile. Any child would benefit from this book.
gabiv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book for family fun. Sit by the fire and read this fantastic book of Greek Myths!
eecnelsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has beautiful illustrations. The stories of the God's are well written, and give a great education to the reader. Ingri, and Edgar always do a great job showing the reader accurate history with awsome pictures.
Dapperlibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book I read on Greek Mythology in Grade 2 and started my love affair with Ancient Greek History