D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

By Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire

Words from the achiever

“I still have it in hard cover. My mom and dad got me that book in probably the third grade, and I would sit there poring over these myths. I love tales and myths and legends, that kind of thing. I still love that kind of stuff, those stories, stories about gods and goddesses and all kinds of stuff. I loved that. Those were my favorite books growing up.”

About the book

The gods, goddesses and legendary heroes of ancient Greece, brought to life by Caldecott Award-winners, Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire. In a relaxed and humorous tone, these artists bring to life the myths that have inspired great European art and literature for centuries.

The Greek gods looked much like people and acted like them, too, only they were taller, handsomer and could do no wrong. Fire-breathing monsters and beasts with many heads stood for all that was dark and wicked. They were for gods and great heroes to conquer. The gods lived on top of Olympus, a mountain so high and steep that no man could climb it and see them in their shining palace. But they often descended to earth, sometimes in their own shapes, sometimes disguised as humans or animals. Mortals worshipped the gods and the gods honored Mother Earth. They had all spring from her, for she was the beginning of all life.