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From School Library Journal Gr 4?7?This selection introduces readers to the basics of Greek history and mythology. As explained in the spooky introduction, Nicolaides's father was a Greek scholar who ran a small museum. After he passed away, he left her a box of supposedly cursed artifacts with a note stating that they should be sent back to Athens. What makes this selection stand out is the author's inclusion of photographs of said artifacts interspersed with illustrations of Greek myths and icons. The layout of this oversize volume is fun and easy to follow, with text and illustrations appearing in balance. The lack of a glossary and an index makes this more appropriate for casual reading than for research. VERDICT A beautifully packaged and engaging volume that would be most successful in libraries where Greek mythology books are in demand.?Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ Read more Review ?Readers often skip over the introduction in books, but this book has a short introduction that will draw young readers in and hold their attention as they learn about the ancient myths of Greece. The rest of the book is filled with wonderful short versions of the tales of ancient Greece along with illustrations, photographs, artwork, and wonderful graphics to accompany these writings. In addition to the tales, most of the major figures ? gods, demigods, nymphs, muses, creatures, and monsters ? that populate Greek mythology are well described on the pages containing the tales in which they?re involved. The curious relationships among the gods and others are neatly explained. The writing is clear and concise, filled with delicious details and wonderful descriptions. Each piece is something that will fascinate young readers (and a lot of older ones as well) and give them a good foundation in the rich culture of ancient Greece. This collection will very likely send readers off in search of more information and longer versions of these classic stories. This book is a winner.??Manhattan Book Review Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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