ZACHARY HAMBY is an English teacher and lifelong fan of myth and legend. He loves teaching young people about heroes, both ancient and modern and has written and illustrated the Reaching Olympus series, the Mythology for Teens series, and The Hero's Guidebook. --Este texto se refiere a la edición paperback.. "Zachary Hamby has written a lively and engaging book containing stories based on the mythology of a variety of places around the world, and the colorful illustrations by Kailey Whitman help to bring the stories alive. Introduction to Mythology for Kids is designed to be easily read by 2nd and 3rd graders, and I predict it is something they will want to read. After all, it is a chance for young readers to find out the real origins of those characters they know and love from today's Marvel movies. These are stories whose appeal and life lessons are timeless. This book is a must-buy!" --Dr. Sam Bommarito, Literacy Expert and Co-Editor of The Missouri Reader "With voice and verve, Zachary Hamby opens the door to the fascinating world of mythology. Stories from around the world are told in a way that will get children reading, while the accompanying artwork by Kailey Whitman helps to boost imagination." --Victoria Hanley, author of Violet Wings, Indigo Magic, and Sapphire Secret "This fantastic collection of bite-sized samplings of myths from around the world is the perfect introduction to the wide world of mythology for young readers. Packed with rich illustrations, a glossary of terms, and lists of references and resources, this book will encourage further exploration and love of the topic." --Paige Harp, Coordinator of Infant Through Grade 12 Resources and The Children's and Young Adult Book Review Board of Missouri at Missouri State University --Este texto se refiere a la edición paperback.. From magic to monsters to amazing heroes―world mythology for kids ages 6 to 9Myths are stories that have been told over hundreds of years to help explain why the world works the way it does. They’re filled with powerful magic, mysterious monsters, and fantastical beasts, but also brave heroes on exciting adventures that teach us about right and wrong.From the Japanese myth of Momotarō The Peach Boy and his loyal animal friends to the Slavic myth of Vasilisa the Wise and her enchanted doll, this beautifully illustrated collection of mythology for kids takes you on a journey through the sands of time. You’ll explore diverse cultures across the globe through the incredible tales of gods and goddesses, earth-shattering giants, mighty dragons, magical lakes, and more.Introduction to Mythology for Kids includes:Once upon a time―This introduction to mythology for kids explores the world of myths through 12 captivating retellings of myths―some starring kids like you!Hero’s journey―Follow the heroes through colorful illustrations and an exciting narrative, from their humble beginnings to the lessons they have to share.World mythology―This collection of mythology for kids takes you from ancient Mesopotamia to the Abenaki tribes of the Native Northeastern US and Canada, showing you myths from around the world.Embark on an exciting quest, and discover a world of mythology for kids.
Good for a basic, inexpensive option I haven’t been able to find many children’s books that offer a collection of myths from different cultures, though there are some very good ones that focus on a specific culture. This is a good basic presentation of a variety of myths, offered in a simplified manner. The details have been left out of some of these myths, either to shorten them or make them more ‘appropriate’ for children. For example, in the Gilgamesh myth, there is no mention of Enkidu’s death or Gilgamesh’s quest for eternal life. It just focuses on the beginning of the story, up to the point where Gilgamesh and Enkidu become friends. If there were more kids ‘books offering myth compilations from different cultures, I would probably only give this 3 stars, but since it fills a need it gets 4 stars from me. There are a few other books I like that offer something a bit different. Lonely Planet Kids offers the book Myths and Legends of the World. If you are willing to spend a bit more, I suggest this book instead. It costs twice as much, at the time I write this, but is more than twice as long. It also offers much more appealing artwork, IMHO. Another book, which I would get in addition to one of these other two, is World Myths and Legends: 25 Projects You Can Build Yourself. This isn’t so much a compilation of myths as background information on the myths and the cultures along with, you guessed it, 25 projects related to the myths. But that’s JustMe. (I received this product in exchange for an honest review, and that is what I have offered here.)
reads well for kids I like that the language of this book is relatable for my younger kids. I'm not saying the mythology is relatable (haha, that stuff is strange), it's just the way that the book is written is great for kids. It's not talking down to them, but written in a way that it's easy to read and feel like I'm talking like a normal person. The stories are great, the only complaint from over here is the lack of pictures. The ones provided are fun and traditional looking, but really my kids just want more pictures. Other than that, it's a great book. The stories aren't too long that they lose interest, and they love snuggling and listening to me read it to them. Again, the voice the author uses makes this book so easy and natural to read to my kids, I'm a fan.
Good introduction to mythology for young children My 6 year old really enjoyed this book, and I think it's a great book for 3-7 year olds. For older kids I'd get a mythology book that doesn't simplify the myths quite so much. This is perfect for kids who are moving beyond picture books, but still like some illustrations to keep them engaged. There is one illustration per myth. The illustrations are colorful and engaging. The myths come from a wide variety of cultures. It is nice to have a broad sampling of myths from around the world as it provides a jumping off point for further research and discussion. My six year old can read this by herself (that said, she is an advanced reader). Magical Tales from Many Lands is still our favorite book of world mythology, but there is room on our shelf for this book too. It's very accessable and is a good introduction to myths and folktales for the youngest readers.
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