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Book Title: Greek Myths|
The author of the book: Marcia Williams
Date of issue: October 2nd 2006
ISBN 13: 9781406303476
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 430 KB
Edition: Walker Books
Read full description of the books Greek Myths:Title: Greek Myths for Young Children
Author: Marcia Williams
Theme(s): Greek Myths
In the beginning, the gods lived on Mount Olympus.
Brief Book Summary: This picture book tells eight Greek myths through images. Its comic-like format makes it easy to follow these otherwise complex tales of the gods. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Candlewick
Williams employs her characteristic cartoon format and illustrations to retell eight Greek myths, including 'Pandora's Box' and 'The Twelve Tasks of Hercules.' The irreverent tellings and lively art will attract readers, but do not do justice to the richness of the material
Professional Recommendation/Review #2:
Dr. Beverly Kobrin (Children's Literature)
Readers, from reluctant to eager, will be attracted by the colorful illustrations, the artistry, and the wit with which Ms. Williams depicts the tales of Theseus and the Minotaur, Daedalus and Icarus, and six other classics from Ancient Greece. Her comic-book style presentation both entertains and enlightens.
Response to Two Professional Reviews: These reviews did not have much to say about this book. The first review did not really like the way that the author told the story. This makes it hard to go off of the reviews since the other review gushed about the comic-book style of these myths.
Evaluation of Literary Elements: Though it may not be the most thorough retelling of these myths, I do think that the comic-book style of these myths would interest a child. The bright pictures are certainly thought out and Williams did a great job playing with color. It could potentially be a very good intro to graphic novels for children.
Consideration of Instructional Application: This book, as I said, would be great for introducing graphic novels to children. It also gives just a taste of Greek Mythology so students can form an interest in that as well. Teachers can also use this book to teach children to write and draw their own graphic novels.
Read information about the authorMarcia Williams began to develop her distinctive comic-book style at an early age: "When I was about ten and wrote home to my family from boarding school," she says, "I never wrote normal letters. I tried to tell my family about what I was doing in a way that was more fun. Also, my parents didn't let me read comic books, so I decided to create my own."
This former nursery school teacher blends her storytelling skills and humorous illustrations with well-known figures and stories from literature. Her unique style has produced such vivid works and action-packed books as GOD AND HIS CREATIONS: TALES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT. "Working on the Old Testament was a joy," Marcia Williams says. "The tales are so rich, it is always possible to find something new within them. Yet, at the same time, they have all the comfort of the familiar." The artist also found pleasure in creating CHARLES DICKENS AND FRIENDS, which presents five retellings of classic Dickens tales. Of her inspiration for this book, she tells of a teacher she once had "who was extremely fierce and angry . . . except when she read the stories of Charles Dickens aloud. Through her, all his characters lived, and I was transported to their Victorian world. I hope that readers will also enter the wonderful world of Charles Dickens through this book."
With BRAVO, MR. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE! and TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE Marcia Williams introduces young readers to the world of William Shakespeare's plays. Another classic she has made much more accessible to children--and more appreciated by them--is THE ILIAD AND THE ODYSSEY. "My mother read me classics, but until I got older I never found them interesting," she says. "If I could make these stories more accessible, I realized, kids wouldn't have to wait until they were grown-up to appreciate them."
Marcia Williams traveled extensively as a child and was educated in Sussex, England, and Switzerland. During her varied career she has worked as an interior designer and has assisted cartoon artist and designer Gerald Scarfe in making papier-mâché and cloth sculptures.
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