Summary and Info
Gr 6-8-This book opens with a well-researched preface that offers background information on the ancient Greek culture, setting the time and place and distinguishing between real locations and mythological story. In addition, each of the nine tales includes an introduction. Houle presents creation tales; several well-known stories about important mythological figures (Pandora and Prometheus); and a few lesser-known tales, such as the story of Helius and Phaethon. Simply written, this collection is a good resource for reports or classroom use. Each story is followed by questions and answers and a page or two of ''expert commentary'' that extend the lesson through quotations from academic sources. The illustrations and genealogical chart are merely decorative and suggest a younger audience. Still, this is a useful addition for libraries that need more on the topic, especially those serving reluctant readers.