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Overview

Presenting the newest discovery in the series with the Midas touch — a mythical exploration fit for the gods.

In the early nineteenth century, an English nobleman embarked on a tour of the sites of ancient Greece. He brought as his guide a primer on Greek myths written by his friend Lady Hestia Evans, a devotee of Lord Byron who had recently taken the same voyage. In the true Romantic spirit, Lady Hestia’s book was not only lavishly illustrated but also boasted many paper crafts and novelties, including a card game featuring the twelve Olympians, an oak-leaf oracle of Zeus, a pop-up Pandora’s box (with hope still inside), a booklet retelling the tale of Odysseus, a piece of the Golden Fleece, a gold OBOLOS coin to pay the ferryman on the River Styx, and many more flaps, foldouts, and other surprises. The nobleman added his own witty comments and drawings along the way, but seems to have wished for something odd at the Delphic oracle: as the book nears its end, it slowly begins to turn . . .to gold. Now, for lovers of Greek myths and those just discovering their timeless power, this fascinating volume is faithfully reproduced with all its Romantic ambience, clever wit and novelty features intact.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763634032
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Series: Ologies Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 38,629
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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Mythology 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book to have. Contains a summarized version of the Greek Myths (including but not limited to the Trojan war). It includes a playing card, a sample of the golden fleece and a quill among other things.
andnook More than 1 year ago
I am writing this review from Zack. He was absolutely thrilled - they have the book in his classroom and unbeknownst to us he coveted the book. He loves the Percy Jackson books and wanted to read more about mythology. The one in his classroom has to be shared and all the surprises had been opened, so having his own copy to explore was very special. Who knew a book could beat out WII games for the best gift?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is probably the best one i've read in about 2 years. And i got it 4 days ago! From the Oracle Oak Leaves to the Quill and 'parchment', i enjoyed everything about this book and I urge you to buy a copy today!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so SO good. I am not very good at remembering the names to the gods and goddesses but this book helped me get a very very good grade on my Greek Mythology test at school.
cbruiz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is quite interactive, offering pop-ups, hidden treasures, and other little charms for the young adult to explore. It offers accurate descriptions, pictures, and statues of a handful of Greek Gods and mythical figures. Beautifully drawn, I found myself captivated by a luster that Zeus himself would be proud of. For the child, learning about Greek mythology would have never been made as easy or as fun as the depictions in this book. The pictures of statues are from the period in which these Gods were prevalent. At the very end of the book, there is a quill feather hidden in an envelope. Excellently conceived, this book would make use as a great aid for teaching, or playful enough to be a gift.
dylantanner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part of the popular 'ologies' series, this comprehensive book tells an annotated history and compares the Greek and Roman traditions. Features some smaller versions of traditional myths.Children's mythology book.I thought this fine. It's a great introduction and gives a real personality view of many classic Greek heroes and Gods, but as far as story telling goes it's not the strongest. The layout is great for younger readers, especially in this personality cataloging era of Pokemon. The stories are here and are relatively complete, but not as enriching and fluid as they could be. Good way to get kids interested, but with mythology it's not too hard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old daughter loves this book
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ReadinginAnchAK More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old daughter wanted a book on mythology and we found this in our local B&N store. It's a very interactive book with lots of "extras" inside, such as "Knowledge Cards" of the Gods of Olympus, "Oak Leaves" of the Oracle, and a pop-up Pandora's Box. All these extra little items come in various envelopes, booklets, and pouches that are attached inside the book pages. The text of the book introduces the Greek gods, mythical beasts, and Greek heros and includes a fold out map with a genalogical table of said Gods, Monsters, and Heros. This would make a great gift for a kid (I'm guessing age range of 8-12).
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My daughter has a number of books in this series (Mermaids, Fairies, Wizardology) and loves this one as much as the rest. She loves looking and reading them over and over. She learns a lot and they peak her interest in the subject encouraging her to read other books.
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This is a great book for children 9-12 and, actually, for adults, too. It comes complete with a popup pandora's box, a quillpin, and even a drachma. It's educational in greek mythology, and very thrilling and no-put-down-y. For more information see www.ologyworld.com.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book. im greek so it helped me to improve on what i didn't know on my country greece! i TOTALLY RECAMEND!!!!