Tuesday, December 18, 2012

What We Are Reading Now...



Rick Riordan’s popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (The Lightning Thief and four other books) has given its young readers a new fascination with mythology. Children and adults will be delighted by an anthology published recently by National Geographic.  Donna Jo Napoli’s Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters retells 25 Greek myths, including the stories of Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, Demeter, Apollo, Hera, Aphrodite, Orion, and Helen.  A professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College and an award-winning author of children’s and teen books, Napoli simply and lyrically describes the adventures of these deities and mortals. Jewel-toned paintings by British artist Christina Balit fill the book, including stunning scenes from the classic tales and a double-page spread of each character. An ALA 2012 Notable Children’s Book, this timeless volume would make a great addition to any family’s library. The New York Times said it best: “This is a book meant to dazzle its readers—and it does.”

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