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My FAVORITE kind of book... drum roll please... GREEK MYTHS!!!



Book: D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

Ages: 9+

Relationship to country: This book tells you all about Greek gods and Greek mythology

Book in a nutshell: This book is a great way to tour ancient Greek beliefs and myths 


We are still trying to move around the world by geography. So, we were last in Turkey and now in Greece. In this book, there are about 50 myths. Each one tells you stories of mischief, lessons, and wisdom. I've read this book at least 5 times. This book got me interested in different Greek-based books and other mythology, like Roman, Norse, and Egyptian mythology. This book is an awesome way to get to know great stories and exciting tales. This book inspired me to read different books like the Percy Jackson series, Heroes of Olympus, and Trials of Apollo, and that's just a few of things that I've read that are inspired by Greek mythology.

For this post, I wanted to tell you about one myth that I really enjoy, but I think anyone would enjoy the entire book. Artemis is the goddess of hunting with a beautiful bow and arrow. When it strikes its victim, it is painless. It feels like moonlight. The king of the Greek gods, Zeus, vowed that he would never make Artemis marry. She is his daughter. I really like Artemis because she is a fearless hunter, and I've always wanted to shoot a bow and arrow. There are many delightful stories about her in this book. One of the best in my opinion is the one where she sees a mortal from above, he is a hunter as good as Artemis herself. She becomes almost friends with him. He was very modest even though he was a gifted hunter. 

Since Artemis had promised to never marry, she had never allowed a man to hunt with her before. Apollo, her twin brother and also a hunter, grew jealous of Orion's (the mortal hunter) talent and the fact that the gods were favoring him. So, Apollo sends a giant scorpion after Orion. Orion couldn't fight him because he had scales like metal and his poisonous stinger was deadly. Orion turned to run away, but the scorpion stung him in the ankle as he was turning. Orion died. Artemis was mad at her brother, but twins can't stay mad at each other for long. Apollo soon helped Artemis to hang him in the stars so that he would be remembered, as the constellation of Orion.

This book introduces all of the Greek gods and most of their famous stories. The pictures are also very good to help your imagination.