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Goddess of Love and Beauty
From the Set Greek Mythology
Introduces the Greek goddess Aphrodite and explains her importance; features well-known Greek myths about this god; and includes map of ancient Greece and family tree of the Greek gods.
- Characters and Places
- The Goddess of Love and Beauty
- Principal Gods of Greek Mythology -- A Family Tree
- The Roman Gods
- Further Information
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|ATOS Reading Level||4.9|
|Guided Reading Level||Q|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||8 x 9.5|
|Graphics||Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations|
A noteworthy review of Greek Mythology from Library Media Connection on May 1, 2013
This large series provides young readers with background information on many of the Olympians. Each book begins with the same illustrated introduction, and describes the primary responsibilities and characteristics of the featured god or goddess. Each also contains a Greek mythology family tree, and provides their Roman counterparts. The series will prepare the reader for more in-depth works. Libraries needing simplified works on Greek mythology should definitely include this series. Bibliography. Websites. Index.
A noteworthy review of Greek Mythology from Booklist on January 1, 2013
Keeping up with the multitude of characters from Greek mythology can be a handful. Illustrated with colorful digital artwork and accompanied by a map of ancient Greece, these entries in the Greek Mythology series give children a brief, age-appropriate overview of some of mythology’s most interesting gods and goddesses. Aphrodite recounts the goddess’ effect on gods and humans who fell for her charms as well as her involvement in the start of the Trojan War. Ares explains the god’s moody behavior and desire for battle and highlights the differences between him and his biggest rival, Athena, also a goddess of war. Two birth stories are told in Hephaestus about this lesser-known, disabled god admired for his skills as a craftsman—for example, he designed Hermes’ winged sandals. Poseidon portrays some of the restless god’s affairs and famous offspring, including Orion, Triton, and the Minotaur. The books describe the people who worshipped these gods, like the metalworkers and blacksmiths who revered Hephaestus, and make comparisons throughout to the gods and goddesses’ Roman equivalents. Other features include sidebars, which make connections to art, the constellations, and other areas of ancient Greek culture. Good background knowledge for the Percy Jackson series, too.
A noteworthy review of Greek Mythology from School Library Journal on December 1, 2012
Although Temple tries to summarize several myths in connection to each of the selected gods in a way that will hold the attention of readers, these complex tales are sometimes overly simplified. For example, In Hera, the author states that Heracles was brought to Olympus to live; most sources that mention a stay on Olympus give him only a brief stop there. Temple does offer insightful historical information about Greek rituals, worship practices, and architecture, and a helpful ‘Principal Gods of Greek Mythology’ family tree will give readers new to the myths a handy reference to sort out the characters. Squier’s illustrations are eye-catching.
Author: Teri Temple
Teri Temple is a former elementary school teacher who now travels the country as an event coordinator. She developed a love for mythology as a fifth-grade student following a unit in class on Greek and Roman history. Teri likes to spend her free time hanging out with her family, biking, hiking, and reading. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and their golden retriever, Buddy.
Illustrator: Robert Squier
Robert Squier has illustrated dozens of books for children. He enjoys drawing almost anything, but he really loves drawing dinosaurs and mythological beasts. Robert Squier lives in New Hampshire with his wife, son, and a puggle named Q.