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Myth- Aliki The Gods and Goddesses of Olympics Harper Collins Publishers 1994 After reading The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus my firstreaction was that it was a wonderful and fascinating example of how Greekmythology explains the theories about life death and the wonders of nature Although I enjoyed the book I also wondered if it was a little too confusingto a young child since many long Greek names were used and many charactersinteracting together became too complicated and involved The story began with the creation of the earth skyall living things and with the birth of the Gods and Goddesses that reignedon Mount Olympus The author also took each of the twelve gods and goddessesand individually summarized their personality and duties and their purposeand connection to the world The author who also illustrated the book used brilliant and vibrant colors and also portrayed the personality visuallyby scenes and images that clearly showed the emotional side of the gods This myth contained some violence sinister and inappropriatebehavior among the gods and cruel and even frightening illustrations thatI thought might be too overwhelming for a young impressionable mind Anexample of this would be when Cronus married his sister Rhea and theyhad many children But Cronus was afraid that one of them might overthrowhim just as he had overthrown his father So as each child was born heswallowed it Although Cronus eventually throws up the unharmed childrenin the end I feel the initial reaction might be more lasting as well asthe fact that Cronus married his sister which is an unacceptable tabooin society There were other strong images conveyed both verbally andvisually dealing with death jealousy deceit and deformities of manand beast Although I enjoyed this book I felt it should be read to anolder audience that will
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