A Wonder Book: Heroes and Monsters of Greek Mythology

A Wonder Book Heroes and Monsters of Greek Mythology Teeming with monsters magic and adventure this captivating children s classic by one of America s greatest writers retells six legendary tales of incredible warriors and evil creatures Using a fict

  • Title: A Wonder Book: Heroes and Monsters of Greek Mythology
  • Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • ISBN: 9780486432090
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback
  • Teeming with monsters, magic, and adventure, this captivating children s classic by one of America s greatest writers retells six legendary tales of incredible warriors and evil creatures.Using a fictional narrator who tells engrossing stories to his young relatives on quiet hillsides, in secluded vales, and other attractive settings, Nathaniel Hawthorne draws his readersTeeming with monsters, magic, and adventure, this captivating children s classic by one of America s greatest writers retells six legendary tales of incredible warriors and evil creatures.Using a fictional narrator who tells engrossing stories to his young relatives on quiet hillsides, in secluded vales, and other attractive settings, Nathaniel Hawthorne draws his readers into the imaginative and ancient world of Greek mythology There, they meet King Midas, the man with an unusual power, in The Golden Touch Hercules, the legendary hero and strongman, in The Three Golden Apples cruel witches with snakes for hair, in The Gorgon s Head and The Chimaera, a monster that is part lion, part goat, and part snake An enchanting account of Pandora and an enticing box is recounted in The Paradise of Children, while The Miraculous Pitcher tells a heartwarming tale about the rewards of hospitality and goodness.An excellent way to acquaint youngsters with a number of classical heroes and evil doers, A Wonder Book will enchant readers of all ages.

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    • Nathaniel Hawthorne

      Nathaniel Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation s colonial history.Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828 In 1837, he published Twice Told Tales and became engaged to Sophia Peabody the next year He worked at a Custom House and joined a Transcendentalist Utopian community, before marrying Peabody in 1842 The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the Berkshires, then to The Wayside in Concord The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before returning to The Wayside in 1860 Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, leaving behind his wife and their three children.Much of Hawthorne s writing centers around New England and many feature moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration His work is considered part of the Romantic movement and includes novels, short stories, and a biography of his friend, the United States President Franklin Pierce.

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    • My recent time with Hawthorne and Hawthorne scholarship has made me cautious about taking anything Hawthorne said about himself at face value, but I am inclined to agree with him when he remarked that The Wonder Book was some of his best work. I've read many re-tellings of classical myths for both children and adults, and I put Hawthorne's renditions among the very (very) best. His intention is not to remain faithful to the myths' ancient forms (at least not in any straightforward understanding [...]

    • Seis leyendas de la mitología clásica adaptadas para niños. El problema es que el estilo se ha quedado bastante anticuado, y resulta bastante pesado de leer. Sólo se salvan un par de leyendas, la de Perseo y las gorgonas y la de Hércules y las manzanas doradas, y aún así algunas páginas me las leí en diagonal.

    • I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology and, unlike many of my peers, have been reading about it long before I even heard of the Percy Jackson series. Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales was one of the first books that I had ever read on Greek mythology and nurtured my love for it. So when I saw the book on my school library shelf, I couldn't help picking it up. This book was good read, though I must confess, I've read about most of the stories before from Roger Lancelyn Green's Tale [...]

    • I absolutely loved this. It is witty and clever and funny. Would love to read again. Loved the illustrations!

    • For someone who forgets what little she was taught of Greek myths, this was a delightful reintroduction. I was completely ignorant of the stories of Perseus and the Gorgon's head, the miraculous pitcher, and Hercules' three golden apples. The rest were only vaguely familar. But I realize how much the themes of these old stories come up in more modern storytelling. I am convinced of the deep importance of reading these myths!Hawthorne is a little too self-deprecating for me, and the introductions [...]

    • I read this to my son as our first literary introduction to greek myths and thought the framing of the narrator was endearing to the reader. I felt as if I were among the children being told the stories by the elder student upon the varying natural sceneries. Not having much experience outside of Disney's interpretation of greek myths, I thought this was a great beginning. The stories were vivid, but not too long and included several illustrations throughout. There were several tales collaborate [...]

    • I was a bit hesitant in starting this book, given my rather mixed-feelings on the only other Hawthorne book I'd read (The Scarlet Letter) and the numerous retellings of Greek myths I've already consumed.But, boy, am I glad I made the decision to read this delightful collection anyway! Yes, I've heard the stories of Midas, Pandora, Pegasus, and others countless times. But until now, I'd never had the pleasure of hearing them told so wellwith such strikingly vivid imagery that makes the already fa [...]

    • Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a collection of 6 famous stories based on the myths and legends of Greek. These stories are narrated by Eustance Bright to a group of children who are his cousins. Keeping the legendary stories short and sweet the author presents the tales of "The Gorgon's Head", the tale of Medusa; "The Golden Touch", the story of Midas touch; "The Three Golden Apples", the narrative of Hercules and Atlas; "The Miraculous Pitcher", the fable of the pitcher which is always f [...]

    • I am definitely not the target audience for this book, due to my age and living over a century after the book was written. Rating it therefore is somewhat of a tricky task.The book includes six stories re-imagined (sort of) from the Greek mythology. A third of them have a very basic moral of "wouldn't it be nice to gather all bad people together and then just get rid of them all at once" - a notion way overly simplistic for my liking, which is why I did not rate the book very high. It is not all [...]

    • I liked that these classical myths were retold with the framing device of Eustace telling them to the children.I was familiar with most of the stories, like King Midas, but I liked these version. Would make a good story to share with children.Aware of Nathaniel Hawthorne but not read anything by him before.

    • A very beautiful edition of the book, the illustrations inside are amazing and really added to the story and the feeling. I loved the rewriting of the old myths/stories. It was divided into shorter chapters where you get a story and where you get to know the imaginary author and his audience. I thought that it was a cute and nice thing that added to the feel of the story.

    • A children's book, and perhaps a clever way of introducing children to the great works of Greek mythology. Well written, as Hawthorne always is, but perhaps to stiff a mixture of the sublime and the ridiculous.

    • Six of the popular Greek myths are retold in the setting of a university student telling the stories to his younger cousins. Delightful. Originally published in 1851, I listened to this as a free download from LibriVox. It was beautifully read.

    • Fairytales aren't really my thing, but this one I enjoyed quite a lot. Anyway, who wouldn't love the beautiful illustrations by Arthur Rackham?

    • This book is a fun respinning of ancient Greek myths. I'll have to read it to my kids when they get a little older.

    • This book was very helpful and informational, it added a fun twist to Greek mythology and the illustratrions were amazing.

    • This was a light and amusing way to enjoy reading a few Greek myths to my children. The author’s attempts to tell the stories in ways that “modern” children would understand are somewhat lost considering how long ago the book was written.

    • Tanglewood is a large country house out in the Berkshires which is owned by the Pringle family. They have a great many relatives with young children who often come visiting, and it frequently falls to their sole teenage relative, Eustace Bright, to entertain the younglings. It’s a good thing that young Mr. Bright knows many fascinating stories, and delights in the telling of them! Through the year, he regales his audience with tales of Greek mythology.Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of the great Am [...]

    • I've had this on my bookshelf for a few years now, and I originally picked it up because I love Greek myths. I tried to read this book at least two years ago but discarded it in favor of other reads. I figured I'd pick it up again since I've matured and it would be a short read for the end of the year. I found myself struggling to get through the book once again. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad about the Greek myths. Actually, the myths are the best parts of this book. The parts that had [...]

    • Absolutely Beautiful writing and some of the most beautiful children's stories I have read in a long time! My children ages 5-8 were enthralled and though we read them through slowly over 2-3 months they never wanted the readings to stop. One of my new personal favorites to read aloud to children! Hawthorne is quite descriptive and I know some have an issue with that but for us that is what made these stories come alive!

    • Recently I have been re-reading books that were important to me when I was young. I say "re-reading" but back then I rarely read them all the way through. I tended just to dip and skim. This time, decades later, I am reading them properly, from start to finish.Nathaniel Hawthorne's A Wonder Book was possibly my first introduction to the world of Classical Myth (I can't be entirely sure about this). I remember that the stories made a great impression on me. The myths are retold with skill and cha [...]

    • I loved it. My kids (4 - 9yrs) loved it--they kept begging me to read it for longer. It makes an excellent read-aloud for all ages of children, since the stories are short enough (there are six in the book that take about an hour to read) and reworked enough to be perfect for children. They are not Disneyfied (considering that Hawthorne predates Disney by a fair bit of time but you know what I mean), but the myths are enjoyably and appropriately told (as compared to dry and boring) with a nice s [...]

    • The quest for a suitable imaginative literature for the formation of the young continues.Hawthorne offers us a great option here. His creative re-tellings of some few Greek myths, bracketed between a lighthearted telling of the setting in which Hawthorne's rhapsode, Eustace Bright, is cajoled into telling a story to his younger companions, and a narration of the effect it had upon his audience as they stroll through the hills and ravines of their home range.Hawthorne does take some liberties her [...]

    • In compiling this book, Hawthorne made an interesting selection of myths, choosing the tale of Perseus, that of King Midas, the parable of Pandora, one exploit of Heracles and sharing the experience of Philemon and Baucis as well as a retelling of Bellorophon's quest to mount Pegasus and slay the Chimera.He brings in a Williams student telling the tales with a group of children in the Berkshires. Treacly at times and sanitized for a Nineteenth Century audience, the book does read well, with nice [...]

    • I got this book (A Wonder Book) years ago to read to my son. I could not read it to him because of the stilted-sounding language! My 7 year old son has now picked it up and absolutely loves both the Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales. He doesn't complain about the language at all. Strangely, Tanglewood Tales is in the young adult section of the school library, and I had to write a permission note for my son to check it out. Sadly, neither of these books are on the "AR List" for school so he doesn' [...]

    • Hawthorne's reinvention of classical Greek myths is framed around the adventures of a group of children in the village called Tanglewood. The tales are wonderfully told with quirks and sleights-of-hand that can keep an older audience as equally entertained as the targeted younger audience. The book offers more than just the re-telling of old tales; it provides insight into the coming-of-age of certain characters (Eustace, a college student; and Primrose, a preteen girl), as well as interesting c [...]

    • Hawthorne, NathanielTales and SketchesIn compilation only.1) Preface2) Tanglewood Porch: Introductory to "The Gorgon's Head"3) The Gorgon's Head4) Tanglewood Porch: After the Story5) Shadow Brook: Introductory to "The Golden Touch"6) The Golden Touch7) Shadow Brook: After the Story8) Tanglewood Play-Room: Introductory to "The Paradise of Children"9) The Paradise of Children10) Tanglewood Play-Room: After the Story11) Tanglewood Fireside: Introductory to "The Three Golden Apples"12) The Three Gol [...]

    • These retellings of classic myths by Hawthorne didn't quite do it for us. We liked it at first, but then I realized I wasn't too keen on Hawthorne's changes to the myths and even though Logan reads many older books (e.g E Nesbit, Kenneth Grahame, C.S. Lewis) the language in these stories was tedious for him. Turn of the century works for us, but 1850's seems too archaic for this 6-year-old. We kept meaning to go back to it, but I think we were both avoiding it. So I am officially abandoning it a [...]

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