D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths.pdf
No education is complete without a large slice of Greek mythology. And there's no better way of meeting that literary quota than with the D'Aulaires' book. All the great gods and goddesses of ancient Greece are depicted in this big, beautiful classic, lovingly illustrated and skillfully told. Young readers will be dazzled by mighty Zeus, lord of the universe; stirred by elegant Athena, goddess of wisdom; intimidated by powerful Hera, queen of Olympus; and chilled by moody Poseidon, ruler of the sea. These often impetuous immortals flounce and frolic, get indiscreet, and get even. From petty squabbles to heroic deeds, their actions cover the range of godly--and mortal--personalities.
The D'Aulaires' illustrations have a memorable quality: once pored over, they will never leave the minds of the viewer. Decades later, the name Gaea will still evoke the soft green picture of lovely Mother Earth, her body hills and valleys and her eyes blue lakes reflecting the stars of her husband, Uranus the sky. No child is too young to appreciate the myths that have built the foundation for much of the world's art and literature over the centuries. This introduction to mythology is a treasure. (Ages 10 to adult) --Emilie Coulter
"For any child fortunate enough to have this generous book...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."
"The drawings...are excellent and excitingly evocative."
--The New York Times. -- Review
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.
In Olden Times 9
Gaea, Mother Earth 10
The Titans 12
ZEUS and his Family 16
Persephone and Demeter 58
MINOR GODS, Nymphs, Satyrs, and Centaurs 70
Helios and Phaëthon 82
The Wild and Vulgar Centaurs 96
The Nine Muses 100
MORTAL DESCENDANTS OF ZEUS 106
Europa and Cadmus 108
Tantalus and Pelops 112
Danaüs, Perseus, and the Gorgon 114
Clever and Vainglorious Kings 123
King Midas 124
The Golden Fleece 162
The Calydonian Boar Hunt 176
The Apples of Love and the Apple of Discord 178
Everything Must Come to an End 189
"For any child fortunate enough to have this generous book...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."--Horn Book.
"The drawings...are excellent and excitingly evocative."--The New York Times.