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1st-Dec-2006 12:07 am
(X-posted to booktards)

One of the problems with growing older is finding books I enjoyed as a child went out of print or vanished from the records.

Which makes looking for book gifts for my niece and nephew a royal pain in my rump.

Since I can't bring myself to buy any of the bastardizations Barbie's been putting out each year, I've been trying to find a book similar to the one I read back in the day about Greek mythology. (Be damned if I remember title and author, but it would have been written at a 9-12 year old level or so. It had a black cover with a blue illustration of Medusa as I recall.) Preferably one that uses the Greek names rather than those "I will invade your country and rename your gods but keep the stories the same, as well as claim decent from the losers of the Trojan war" Romanizations thereof.

Way I figure, if they like the stories, I'll spring for a more adult book when they're older. (I'm doubting my sister in law would like me much if I gave the kids a book filled with how Zeus chopped off Kronos's penis, threw it in the ocean, and then the blood and foam made Aphrodite....) This also eliminates Bullfinch and Hamilton, who would probably bore them right off mythology forever.

Can't make headway on Amazon with this search, so do any of you have a recommendation on a book I could give a 10 year old girl on Greek Mythology?
1st-Dec-2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
I had a book by Edith Hamilton called Mythology which I liked pretty well as a kid. On an adult level really intersted in the classics I think it's pretty simplistic, but the reading level isn't difficult, and it gives a pretty good range of different stories. A nice little taste to whet the appetite. It was written in 1942, so it's not racy. I don't recall anyone's penis being mentioned or even any indication of the Ancients even touching each other physically in order to make baby Ancients. *snicker* So it should be safe enough. Hope the link works, but if not it's readily available on Amazon both new and used.
4th-Dec-2006 03:51 am (UTC)
*snort* Yeah, I remember wondering as a kid why Zeus was chasing all the women around. Of course, I still find myself pondering what the hell the golden shower was that quickend Danae with Perseus. Maybe I'm better off not knowing.

I think I have a copy of the Hamilton someplace...I'll have to check the stuff in storage when I come back to Ohio later this month.
1st-Dec-2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
I had D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths when I was a kid, and I loved it. It's aimed at younger readers, so a few tasteful semi-nude illustrations are about as racy as it gets.
4th-Dec-2006 03:48 am (UTC)
Had that recommended a few places. I'm going to try to make it to a "real" bookstore before ordering it, mainly so I can see it for myself.
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