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Legendary Heroes Greek Myth for Kids Books


These are books for children, by modern writers and illustrators, retelling the ancient tales of the legendary heroes from Greek mythology. Such mythological heroes include Odysseus, Hercules, and Theseus. Authors include the D'Aulaires and Jane Yolen.

1. D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths

Ingri D'Aulaire and Edgar D'Aulaire's classic book on Greek myth. Although recommended for 9 to 12 year old readers, younger children may enjoy looking at the thought-provoking illustrations. This one is a keeper, so the recommended edition is hardback.

2. Greek Myths for Young Children - Williams, Marcia

For younger children (ages 4-8) this retelling of eight of the most popular myths, including Pandora's Box, Hercules' Labors, and Theseus and the Minotaur, uses a colorful comic strip format.

3. Odysseus in the Serpent Maze

With this book, writers Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris have launched a new series looking at what they imagine the lives of the ancient Greek heroes would have been like when they were young. In this volume, a thirteen-year-old Odysseus meets his future bride Penelope. His youthful adventures relate to the tales of him familiar to adults from Homer's Odyssey. For 8-12.

4. Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons

For 11-13-year olds Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris imagine adventures for the young Amazon Hippolyta, whose father is the war god Ares. Despite the nature of the characters involved, action is high, but violence is limited. For 8-12.

5. Waiting for Odysseus: A Novel

Odysseus spent ten years at the Trojan War and another decade on his return voyage. In "Waiting for Odysseus," by Clemence McLaren, the reader gets a taste for what the women in Odysseus' life (his wife Penelope, the witch Circe, the virgin goddess Pallas Athene, and his ancient nurse Eurycleia). For age 12 and older.

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