Myth- Aliki, The Gods and Goddesses of Olympics


History 106-05 Nov. 27, 1996 Eng. 265-01 Oct. 1, 1996 Prof Janice Antczak

Myth- Aliki , The Gods and Goddesses of Olympics , Harper Collins Publishers ,
1994 .


After reading The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus , my first reaction was
that it was a wonderful and fascinating example of how Greek mythology explains
the theories about life , death , and the wonders of nature . Although I enjoyed
the book , I also wondered if it was a little too confusing to a young child ,
since many long Greek names were used and many characters interacting together
became too complicated and involved.
The story began with the creation of the earth , sky, all living things,
and with the birth of the Gods and Goddesses that reigned on Mount Olympus . The
author also took each of the twelve gods and goddesses and individually
summarized their personality and duties and their purpose and connection to the
world . The author who also illustrated the book , used brilliant and vibrant
colors and also portrayed the personality visually by scenes and images that
clearly showed the emotional side of the gods .
This myth contained some violence , sinister and inappropriate behavior
among the gods and cruel and even frightening illustrations that I thought might
be too overwhelming for a young impressionable mind . An example of this would
be when " Cronus married his sister Rhea , and they had many children . But
Cronus was afraid that one of them might overthrow him just as he had overthrown
his father . So as each child was born , he swallowed it ." Although Cronus
eventually "throws up" the unharmed children in the end, I feel the initial
reaction might be more lasting , as well as the fact that Cronus married his
sister , which is an unacceptable taboo in society . There were other strong
images conveyed , both verbally and visually dealing with death , jealousy ,
deceit , and deformities of man and beast . Although I enjoyed this book , I
felt it should be read to an older audience that will not be negatively
impressed by some parts of the story .

Tall Tale : Kellog Steven , Sally Ann Thunder , Ann Whirlwind Crockett , Morrow
Junior Books , 1995

In this tale , author Steven Kellog depicts the incredible story of a
girl named Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind who has an amazing amount of
strength, vitality and agility and who sets off for the frontier at age eight .
She lived with the animals and loved her life in the wilderness until one day
she meets a stranger in the woods that needs her help . It is Davy Crockett ,
the most famous woodsman in America . They fall in love and marry, but the
amazing feats of strength and courage fill her daily life and continue to
surprise the town folk in this nineteenth century tale .
My first reaction to this tall tale was that it was funny , light , and
had a lot of vitality . The plot was simple for children to follow and had only
one main character , which would let the children focus on the cumulative
events that happened to this character and how the story leads to it\'s climax.
I definitely got the feeling that I was looking at a nineteenth century
story by the authors illustration and colors used. Earth tones of brown, yellow ,
green and blue set the stage for an early American atmosphere . This tale ,
portrayed in a humorous way , showed how the rugged heroines of long ago dealt
with the hardships and dangers of frontier life . I feel young children will
like this book and enjoy it\'s funny and whimsical dialogue and illustrations ,
and perhaps get a comical glimpse of life on the frontier of long ago.

Folktale : Aardema Verna . Why Mosquitoes Buzz in peoples Ears , Illustrated by
Leo and Diane Dillon , Dial Press , 1975 .

I found this African folktale to be a delightfully imaginative and
entertaining tale that has a simple lesson that young children would be able to
understand and relate to . The tale begins with a mosquito that tells a tall
tale (lie) to an iguana . This sets off a chain reaction that ends in a terrible
disaster involving the death of a baby owl , and a mother owl that reacts to
this