Monday, May 23, 2011

Greek Myths by Ann Turnbull - ESSENTIAL

Turnbull, Ann Greek Myths, illustrated by Sarah Young.  167 p. Candlewick, 2011.  $19.  Through 16 profiles and gorgeous illustrations, Turnbull and Young have created an extremely interesting and useful book at the perfect time.  While the characters are not all famous, they are still essential and well portrayed and their stories intersect with a large number of the Greek pantheon.  Our 9th grade Language Arts teachers are creating a new Mythology unit to go with the Common Core and they want to use this book extensively.  We are buying four more copies so that we can take them apart and create booklets for students to use in small group activities (yes, I did get permission from the publisher!).  I wish someone would take Bernard Evslin’s iconic Greek Gods book and refresh it for the modern age – not the writing, but the changing the formatting and adding illustrations would go a long way to making the book fresh for a new generation.  EL, MS, HS – ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher.

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