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Title:
The Random House book of Greek myths
Author:
Vinge, Joan D.
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Publication Information:
New York : Random House, 1999.
Physical Description:
152 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Retells some of the most famous Greek myths about gods, goddesses, humans, heroes, and monsters, explaining the background of the tales and how they have survived.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780679823773

9780679923770
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Book

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Summary

Greek myths make up the very pillar of Western culture. But they are more than classic stories every child should know. They are rousing tales--rich in character, drama, and high adventure--that have captured readers through the ages. InThe Random House Book of Greek Myths, Hugo Award-winning author Joan D. Vinge introduces the Greek gods and goddesses and retells fourteen favorite myths with wit, style, and compassion. This sophisticated but accessible collection is stunningly illustrated with paintings by Oren Sherman that evoke the mystery and majesty of ancient Greece. Perfect for readers of all ages.


Author Notes

Joan D. Vinge, 1948 - Joan Dennison Vinge was born April 2, 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland to Seymour W. Dennison, an engineer, and Carol Erwin, an executive secretary. Vinge attended San Kiego State University and received a B.A. in anthropology, with highest honors. She was married to author Vernor S. Vinge from 1972-1979.

Vinge began writing professionally in 1973 and her first story, "Tin Soldier," appeared in Orbit 14 in 1974. Her story, "Eyes of Amber," won the 1977 Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novelette. Her novel "The Snow Queen" won the Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 1981, "Psion" was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association and "Return of the Jedi Storybook" was the #1 bestseller on the New York Times Book Review List for two months.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6, younger for reading aloud. Vinge, a renowned author of juvenile and adult sf, profiles an array of deities, then presents relatively ingenuous versions of 14 well-known myths, soft-pedaling their more violent and libidinous aspects. Vinge points out the male-centeredness of most Greek myths and creates some gender balance by omitting tales from the Iliad and the Odyssey; by giving the peaceable hearth goddess Hestia a nod; by including the stories of Atlanta, Psyche, and Echo; by giving Medea roles in two episodes; and, in the collection's high point, by brilliantly transforming the legend of Pandora so that what escapes are not Earth's ills but its joys. Vinge does not cite her sources, and Oren Sherman's illustrations, which feature languid figures with modern haircuts and faces turned aside, do little to reflect the vitality of the ancient stories. Still, interest in myths never seems to wane, and younger readers especially will appreciate this engaging gathering's fluid, informal prose, simple plots, and clear-cut emotions. Superfluous index. --John Peters


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-A fairly comprehensive overview. Vinge begins with Mother Earth and Father Sky and briefly mentions the first gods and goddesses, the Titans, and their defeat by Zeus and his siblings. The balance of the book introduces the 14 gods of Mount Olympus as well as some minor ones, and retells their stories. The selections cover the basics without oversimplifying them and create the right amount of tension and emotion. No sources are listed. Bold, dramatic paintings that vary from spot art to powerful double-page spreads appear every few pages. While not as in-depth as D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths (Doubleday, 1962), which has illustrations that show more of the action, this collection is similar in scope and organization. It is also comparable to Mary Pope Osborne's Favorite Greek Myths (Scholastic, 1989), which is based on Ovid's Metamorphoses.-Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day School Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.