A Journey Through Greek Myths
Marchella Ward, illustrated by Sander Berg
Flying Eye Books
Classics expert Marchella Ward, courtesy of Little Owl and her grandpa owl, takes readers on an exciting journey through Ancient Greece and the Greek myths from the beginnings of the Universe in Greek mythology, right through to the tale of Daedulus and Icarus, via the Labours of Heracles in her spellbinding sequence of stories awesomely illustrated by Sander Berg.
Perched atop the Parthenon in Athens, Little Owl listens to her Grandfather Night owl as he begins to regale her with stories of the ancient Greek world, stories that had so he says ‘taught the owls all of their wisdom’, the first being of events before Athens even existed and of whence came gods that first the Greeks and then, all humankind came to know.
The stories are divided into several parts: Athens, (where we hear of The Birth of Zeus and the incredible Birth of Athena), Mount Pellon, Mount Parnassus, where the owls encounter Pegasus, and we’re told the tale of his friendship with Bellerophon;
the city of Thebes, Across the sea, The city of Argos,
the Underworld (approaching which the two owls meet a third, White Owl that tells his favourite story Demeter and Persephone;
and finally, the ‘Land of the Living’, each of which acts as a stopping point on the journey we take with the two owls during a cool, dark night.
Be regaled by tales well known and less so, of gods and goddesses, and heroes as you tour the Mediterranean, learning too about the places where each story takes place and why it is important.
As well as the manner in which the myths unfold, I love the family tree at the start, the map of the stopping points and the end papers.
This book would make a smashing present for an older child (there’s a note before the title page that ‘some content may not be suitable for younger readers).