Lunge-Larsen, Lise and illustrated by Hinds, Gareth Gifts from the God’s –Ancient Words & Wisdom from Greek and Roman Mythology 96 pgs. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011. $13.86. (Rating: G).
This book explores the origins of some commonly used words. It starts by defining the word, then a modern day example of the word in use is provided via a short excerpt from a current children story, next is the Greek or Roman mythology tale that is behind the origin of the word, and each section finishes with a description of how that word and its offshoots are used today. Examples are Nemesis, Victory, Fortune and Fate.
One word best describes this book: REVEVANCY. I remember learning about mythology in elementary school and when I found out that the myths were just stories, I wondered why we had to learn them. This book takes care of that -being relevant, educational, and entertaining. The stories are engaging and the illustrations are wonderful.
ELEMENTARY– ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate & Author.