Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green

22 May

Tales of the Greek Heroes

Author: Roger Lancelyn Green

Publisher: Puffin Classics 2009

Genre: Mythology

Pages: 272

Rating:  5 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: May Read and Review

After the boys and I finished reading the Percy Jackson series, we wanted to take a break from a series and read a standalone book.  So we turned to Rudyard Kipling and then to Roger Lancelyn Green.  The boys showed an interest in Greek mythology.  I picked this up to be a companion to the Percy series.  And it was definitely a hit with the boys.  N especially loved making the connections between the original stories and the Percy versions.  Every few pages I would have to stop and help them work through the connections.  They would get this little spark of recognition that I absolutely adore.  They’re learning mythology and enjoying reading at the same time.  A perfect combination.  I hope this interest continues into our next book.  We haven’t chosen it yet, but we have tons of possibilities lying around the room.

I would definitely recommend this volume to elementary age children, although I enjoyed it also.  Green takes the Greek myths and strings them together into more of a history of Greece.  He helps the reader see the continuity and connections throughout the mythology.  He even explains certain ones just to help you out.  However, I never felt like this was just a children’s book.  The vocabulary was challenged for elementary age without being overwhelming.  Great little book of stories!


Posted by on May 22, 2011 in Book Reviews


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2 responses to “Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green

  1. Crystal

    May 23, 2011 at 2:16 am


    Great book idea! My kids have been showing interest in Greek Mythology as well and we have been reading “D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths”. I had the pleasure of meeting a Professor of Greek Mythology at an art show a couple years ago and she suggested it for younger kids but I have been enjoying it myself. We will have to check out “Tales of Greek Heroes” next.



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