Classic Myths to Read Aloud

This book of Greek and Roman myths is split into two sections. The first half of the book goes through classic myths to read aloudvarious popular myths like Jason and Golden Fleece and Orpheus and Eurydice. The second half of the book takes children through the longer stories of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid.

The stories are meant to be read-aloud. Storytellers are given notes about each story and a pronunciation guide. At the end of each 10-20 minute reading section, the author has an “a few words more” segment that explains how words from the story are related to words in modern English.

I noticed . . .

I noticed that this book is ideal for reading aloud.

I noticed that “A Few Words More” is a great vocabulary builder, especially for children who are studying Greek or Latin.

I also noticed that these stories are not for small children. It’s definitely more of a middle-elementary school age thing (or older). I read this with my nine-year-old, and I wouldn’t have used it with a younger child than that.

I wondered . . .

I wondered how the author decided which myths to cover. I also wondered why there wasn’t another book in this series. I wished we could have continued with some of the other myths. He has a couple of classic story read-alouds, and I might try one of those with my daughter soon.

It reminded me of . . .

I was reminded of another mythology collection that I read recently, Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. I listened to the audio read by the author, and it was just perfection. I also think it would be fine to listen to with children.

I was also reminded of two novels of Greek mythology that I have read in the past couple of years, Song of Achilles and Circe. Both are good, even though Circe is the better book. These are both very adult retellings, so don’t listen to them with the children around!

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