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The children's dictionary of mythology
Leeming, David Adams, 1937-
Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1999]

Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A dictionary of terms, names, and places in the mythology of various cultures around the world.
General Note:
"A Franklin Watts library edition."
Format :


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BL303 .C435 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
BL303 .C435 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BL303 .C435 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BL303 .C435 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BL303 .C435 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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- Age-appropriate cross-referencing encourages comparisons and understanding across cultures- Sidebars- Bibliography- Pronunciation Guide- Index

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This slight volume is a thorough, clear, and attractive addition to the mythology reference collection for grades two^-six. More than 300 entries are arranged alphabetically and encompass the mythologies of Africa, the Americas, Australia, China, ancient Egypt, India, Japan, and the South Pacific, as well as Greece and Rome. In addition to characters and deities such as Anasase, Corn Mother, Hercules, and Parvati, the volume covers themes (Chaos, Flood, Sacrifice) and sources (Book of the Dead, Gilgamesh, Iliad). There are entries, such as Caribbean mythology and Celtic mythology, that briefly survey the mythologies of different cultures. Feature articles highlighting the exploits of individual characters or describing particular myths are displayed in colored boxes. Examples include Chinese creation myths, Jason and the Golden Fleece, and Death and resurrection of Osiris. Entries range in length from a paragraph to more than half a page. A pronunciation guide and cross-references accompany most entries. The vocabulary is easy to read, and the illustrations are colorful and well placed. The index's main reference is in bold type. A selective bibliography by regions of the world rounds out the reference work. This well-designed volume will be useful in school and public libraries.

Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-A basic introduction to world mythology through characters, stories, and motifs from many cultures. Though Greek, Roman, and Norse myths appear throughout, Leeming has made a definite effort to cover lesser-known tales, such as those from various Native American tribes, Asia, India, Ireland, Wales, and Australia. Entries are arranged alphabetically, usually consisting of no more than several paragraphs, although some stories receive longer sidebars. The author defines his subject broadly ("A mythology reflects a given society's view of itself"), which may explain why many items that are not traditionally considered mythology have been incorporated. For example, the legend of King Arthur is given its own sidebar, and many folktales are also considered. The author even makes an attempt to include Judeo-Christian myths, but is far from consistent in doing so (the story of Adam and Eve appears several times, yet no mention of Christianity is made in the entry of "Rebirth and Resurrection"). A solid index, a pronunciation guide, and a bibliography arranged by culture will help readers considerably. Full-color and black-and-white reproductions and photographs of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts illustrate the dictionary. One problem with this book is in the title: the writing may be too sophisticated for some elementary students, but older readers will certainly shy away when they see the word "Children's." This is a shame, as the scope of this eye-catching volume makes it a sure asset for those ever-present reports on this topic.-Kathleen M. Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Note to the Readerp. iii
How to Use This Bookp. iv
Note to the Educatorp. iv
Entries A-Zp. 5
Selected Bibliographyp. 123
Pronunciation Guidep. 125
Indexp. 126