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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Book Review Usborne Illustrated Stories from the Greek Myths

"Heroes and heroines battle with terrifying monsters, mighty armies and scheming gods in this thrilling collection of famous myths from Ancient Greece"

With its colourful cover, this book shouts out "read me", which is exactly why I grabbed it when I spotted it recently at our local library.  I often take books out from there first, with a view to buying a copy of our own if I think it'll help with home ed.  Ok, so Junior isn't old enough to read anything by himself yet, but by the time he is, I hope to have greatly expanded our home library.

A hardback book in a child-friendly size (albeit a tad heavy!), and with a built-in ribbon bookmark, Usborne's "Illustrated Stories from the Greek Myths" is beautifully illustrated on each page.  A collaboration of several authors and illustrators, many of the classic tales are retold here, and of course the stories include all the plots, battles, scary monsters and triumphant heroes.  Although it's a chapter book, the words are mostly limited to three or four lines per page so it isn't too taxing for young readers.

The book is internet linked, with links to lots of informative and fun websites giving more information and activities related to Greek Mythology.

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Aimed at readers in KS1 (6+) and beyond, I found the book enjoyable as an adult, and what delighted me even more was that my reluctant-reader stepson Young Sir picked it up and sat down to read one of the stories (The Minotaur), and was sufficiently captivated to read the story all the way through.  He commented that he'd "really enjoyed" the story, and when I asked if he'd be likely to read any more, he gave an enthusiastic "yes".

Any book that encourages Young Sir to read gets the thumbs up from me!


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