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A Wonder Book: A Wonder-book for Girls and Boys

A Wonder Book: A Wonder-book for Girls and Boys


A Wonder Book: A Wonder-book for Girls and Boys

ratings:
4.5/5 (10 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Jan 1, 2005
ISBN:
9780982185322
Format:
Audiobook

Description

The colorful characters from Greek mythology come alive in exciting adventures captured by the author of The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter. Ride Pegasus, open Pandora' Box, kill Medea with her head of many snakes, join Hercules as he flexes his muscles and King Midas as he turn his daughter into gold. The stories, moral in tone, are totally riveting.

A Wonder Book includes:
1. The Gorgon's Head
2. The Golden Touch
3. The Paradise of Children
4. The Three Golden Apples
5. The Miraculous Pitcher
6. The Chimæra
Released:
Jan 1, 2005
ISBN:
9780982185322
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) was an American writer best known for his novels and short stories. Born in Massachusetts, Hawthorne was a descendant of some of the state’s earliest settlers. One of his ancestors, John Hathorne, was a judge during the infamous Salem witch trials. As a young man, Hawthorne attended Bowdoin College, where he met many notable figures including future president Franklin Pierce and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He then began his literary career as a magazine editor and sketch writer. Hawthorne would also produce novels such as Fanshawe, The House of the Seven Gables, and his most famous work, The Scarlet Letter.

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4.4
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  • (5/5)
    This is the perfect book for students who love the Percy Jackson books, want more Greek Mythology (told in fleshed-out, lyrical stories) and are capable of more complex writing. I read this to my kids after we read the Lightning Thief. Despite the fact that Hawthorne's language isn't easy, I think they liked these stories almost more than they liked Riordan. Definitely for stronger readers, though!
  • (4/5)
    This is book number 15 of the Kings Treasuries of Literature Series.
  • (2/5)
    Seems like it would be a waste of time even for a kid. There are far better children's story collections than this one.
  • (5/5)
    Hawthorne's gentle, benevolent, self-deprecating wit is done full justice in this clothbound edition on heavy paper, with Rackham illustrations.
  • (5/5)
    Because I have one of the earliest editions(pre-1899) and not printed on acid free paper...there are no illustrations. I don't need them. Hawthorne's word pictures are quite enough for me. Adventure? (momma2) "Perseus flew cautiously downward, still keeping his eyes on Medusa's face, as reflected in his shield. The nearer he came, the more terrible did the snaky visage and metallic body of the monster grow." Thanks to educatingpetunia for a wonderful review and to treeseed for recognizing the "wonder" in this book.
  • (4/5)
    Review by Blake: Ehh, it was ok. It didn't have as much action and adventure as I expected.
  • (5/5)
    This affordably priced quality paperback edition of familiar tales from Greek mythology is truly a treasure and a wonderful way to enjoy these timeless stories or to introduce them to young people. One of America's greatest writers, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote these versions of stories about Pandora, Medusa, Hercules, King Midas and the host of gods and goddesses that make up the Greek pantheon. The language is evocative and colorful yet easily understandable. You needn't worry if your high school teacher's assigned reading of "The Scarlet Letter" bored you to tears, as this collection of stories is filled with exciting adventures and vivid characters. I love the beautiful illustrations in this book. They were done by Walter Crane, one of the most popular illustrators of children's books in the late 19th century. The paintings are in the Pre-Raphaelite style in full color. The decorations at the beginning of each chapter are filled with Victorian charm and make this new editon seem like a well-loved antique. There are many excellent anthologies of the Greek myths on the market but rarely will you find one that utilizes such substantial talents as those employed by Hawthorne and Crane or that so thoroughly draw the reader in to the romantic and turbulent world of heroes, maidens and the capricious deities who stir their fates. I highly recommend this book. It is a classic that will enrich the mind and heart of a young reader and open the way for further discovery.