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.

8 comments:

Beck said...

I love the cover of that! Does it have beautiful illustrations, too?

Kristen Laurence said...

I love this one too, Suzanne! But Gianna hasn't really been able to get into it yet. When do you think she'll be ready?

Mom of boys said...

I'm curious, which editon of Aesop's Fables do you use? I am currently looking for one, preferably with nice illustrations.

Suzanne Temple said...

mom of boys, It is the Barnes and Nobel publication. It looks very similar to this book. It is called "The Aesop for Children" with pictures by Milo Winter. You can't beat the pictures or the price! It is one of our favorite books. Enjoy!

Suzanne Temple said...

Oh and Kristen, Simeon is just now able to appreciate this book, so I think it will be a few years yet for Gianna.

Christine said...

Thank you for the review. I know an eight-year-old who loves mythology. I can't wait to surprise her with this book.

Ana Braga-Henebry said...

I have a bunch of mythology-loving children and had not seen this! I was recently thinking of replacing our D'Aulaire's mythology, which is of course in shreds. Great-- thanks!

Suzanne Temple said...

Oh good Christine, I hope you enjoy it.

Ana--I just ordered the D'Aulaire yesterday. Half dot com has great prices for new ones.