Welcome to National Geographic Kids Week here at Mother Daughter Book Reviews.
Welcome to Day 4 of our National Geographic Kids Mega Giveaway. If you missed our earlier posts, we featured a review and giveaway for Koalas, Ultimate Globetrotting World Atlas, and Cutest Animals Collection so be sure to head on over to both of these giveaways to enter for your chance to win 1 of 2 print copies of each.
Be sure to come back each day this week to enter a new giveaway for a different book. All of the giveaways will close on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Without further ado, let us continue with Book #4: Everything Mythology.
Title: Everything Mythology (National Geographic Kids) | Author: Blake Hoena | Publication Date: March 11, 2014 | Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books | Pages: 64 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 | Reviewed by: Renee and Danielle (Mother and Daughter)
Summary: National Geographic Everything Mythology is jam packed with fascinating facts and awe-inspiring imagery that brings your favorite fierce mythological heroes to life, introducing kids to gods of ancient worlds, including Greek, Norse, Chinese, America Indian, African cultures, and more. Packed with facts, colorful illustrations, and infused with humor, this fun journey through ancient lore will keep kids fascinated with every turn of the page.
My Thoughts: I know this will be shocking to those of you who have been following us for the last couple of years, but I LOVE all things “mythology”, so when Everything Mythology dropped on our doorstep, I was literally fighting my daughter for it! It seems ridiculous to say that myths have always fascinated me because in reality, mythology have been fascinating people around the globe since the dawn of man. Everything Mythology goes beyond the usual detailing of various myths from around the world and explores what myths are and what purpose they serve.
The book begins with a discussion of what a myth is as well as the different kinds of myths. The basic purpose of myths is to explain the world around us. When you think about it, modern day science has come such a long way in explaining simple things like weather, changing seasons, the nightime sky, and ocean tides for example. Before science, people came up with great stories or myths to explain these things. That is the specific purpose of myths, as opposed to folk tales (stories passed down person to person) or legends (stories that may be true but there is no evidence to support them).
Importantly, there is a discussion about how myths and religion overlapped in ancient times. This is why we see so many mythology-based stories talk about gods and goddesses and why you can still visit the temples built to honor specific gods or goddesses. Of course some are in ruins and many have been completely destroyed. Some of these beautiful temples and shrines are photographed and included in this book.
After these more general descriptions of myths, there is a section entitled “Gods and Heroes” which includes information about different gods and goddesses from various cultures including Japanese, Greek, Roman, Hindu, Norse, Amazon, and more. And, of course to balance out the book, there is a whole section on mythological villains and monsters and I must say some of those are pretty nasty! I could spend countless hours going through this book and describing all of the information included. This book is literally jam-packed with information, beautiful images, and lots of diagrams and information boxes. The layout is absolutely superb.
I do want to mention one more interesting fact included in the book. Did you know that The Hunger Games is based on an ancient Greek myth? Well, perhaps “loosely” based, but still! Think you know it? You can gain an extra entry in our giveaway below if you leave a comment! NO CHEATING ALLOWED (i.e., “googling”).
My Bottom Line: Everything Mythology is an absolutely great resource for kids who love learning about ancient myths and who want to have a deeper understanding of why myths were created, what purpose they serve, and the basic features they all share. This book is beautifully laid out with high-quality photos and images, large font in the headings (my eyes thank you, NGKids), and pages upon pages of interesting information. This may be my favorite National Geographic Kids book yet! I highly recommend it to children ages 8 and older (and adults who are a bit “mythology-obssessed”).
* This book was provided to me by the publisher free-of-charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. *
* Giveaway: Everything Mythology *
Prize: There will be two winners who will each receive a print copy of Everything Mythology by National Geographic Kids.
Contest ends: April 6, 11:59 pm, 2014
Open: United States
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