Monday, March 26, 2007
A Children's Treasury of Mythology
A Children's Treasury of Mythology is a wonderful collection of Greek and Roman myths and is beautifully illustrated by Margaret Evans Price. This hardcover book is a Barnes and Noble publication much like their Aesop's Fables that we also enjoy. 156 pages.
The captivating stories and splendid artwork throughout really motivated Simeon, age eight, to take on the challenge of its sophisticated language. He read a story aloud each day and the most interesting discussions followed.
We discussed oracles and the concept of fate and how these ideas relate to our understanding of God's Providence.
We laughed at Narcissus and his girlish vanity and the frustrated love of his fitting partner, Echo. We talked about how self-love blinds us and makes others dislike us. The gods mocked Narcissus and turned him into flower, forever sitting on the river's edge staring at his own reflection.
We wondered why Pandora wasn't content to have been given life and be showered with gifts from the gods, but she had to have her way also and open the mysterious box. When the stinging misfortunes flew out madly, we talked about how impossible it is to contain all the effects of our actions.
We are on the last story of this book and Simeon will read about Prometheus today. Though I'm sure we will find something interesting to fill its place, I am sorry to see this book come to an end.