Top 5 Saturday

-| Illustrated Mythological Books… Top 5 Saturday |-

Top 5 Saturday is hosted by Mandy over at Devouring Books and today’s theme is Books inspired by Mythology.
This was a pretty difficult topic as I’d love to learn about mythology however I don’t think I’d enjoy reading retellings without knowing the original stories. So I decided to pick 5 beautiful illustrated books that I would love to read and learn from.

The Upcoming Schedule Is:

2/1/20 — Dystopian Books

2/8/20 — Mental Illness

2/15/20 — Books about Mermaids

2/22/20 — Books about Spies

2/29/20 — Books inspired by Mythology

The Mythology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by Shulamit Ambalu

Eighty of the world’s greatest myths and characters, from the gods of Greek mythology to the Norse heroes, retold and explained with engaging text and bold graphics.
From early creation stories to classical hero narratives and the recurring theme of the afterlife, experience each myth and unravel the meanings behind the stories, getting to the heart of the importance of mythology to different cultures worldwide. More than just stories, myths are a testament to the amazing creativity of humans striving to explain and make sense of the world around them. Here you will discover Zeus, god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods, and Loki, the cunning trickster with a knack for causing havoc, aided by his ability to change shape and gender. Beyond the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greek, Roman, and Norse myths, this book delves into the stories of the Australian aborigines, the Cherokee, and the Aztecs, each brimming with amazing characters and insights into human existence.

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton & Jim Tierney (Illustrator)

Edith Hamilton’s Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture–the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present. We meet the Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla. We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations.

Mythologica: An Encyclopedia of Gods, Monsters and Mortals from Ancient Greece
by Stephen P. Kershaw & Victoria Topping

An illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology like no other, Mythologica features startlingly beautiful and exquisitely otherworldly portraits of mythological characters in eye-popping colour from artist Victoria Topping and authoritative text from Classics scholar and Greek mythology expert Dr. Stephen Kershaw.
Uncover the colourful lives of 50 powerful gods and goddesses, earth-dwelling mortals, and terrifying monsters as you journey back in time to ancient Greece. From the fearless Athena and her meddlesome ways to the brave and bold Odysseus and his remarkable journey home, discover why these incredible stories are still a part of our culture today.
Listed alphabetically, each boldly designed spread presents a figure from the myths, including their name in Greek, their defining attributes, and a summary of their story, along with multiple sidelights that provide additional facts. Interspersed with the profiles are summaries of famous mythological tales and historical events, like the Odyssey, the Trojan War, and the story of the Argonauts.

Myths Legends: An illustrated guide to their origins and meanings
by Philip Wilkinson

Discover the world’s greatest myths and legends – from Greek mythology to Norse mythology – in this comprehensive guide.
What did Japanese mythology say about the beginning of the Universe? How did Oedipus become the classic tragic hero in Greek mythology? Who brought about the origin of death in Maori mythology? Combining vivid retellings of famous legends with over 1,000 illustrations of characters, famous artworks, and artefacts, Myths and Legends makes it easier than ever before to understand the stories that are central to every culture.
Delve into the well-known tales of the ancient Greeks, which hold the key to such phrases as “Achilles’ heel”, as well as the lesser-known but richly colourful myths of Africa and the Americas. Explore global ideas such as fate and fortune, and the Underworld, and find out about the key characters – heroes, tricksters, and gods – that make up each myth system. Filled with the cultural and religious meanings behind each legend, and the influence they have had both in their own time and in today’s world, this book is a must-have for all mythology enthusiasts.

Treasury of Greek Mythology
by Donna Jo Napoli & Christina Balit

The new National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology offers timeless stories of Greek myths in a beautiful new volume. Brought to life with lyrical text by award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli and stunning artwork by award-winning illustrator Christina Balit, the tales of gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, and Athena and heroes and monsters such as Helen of Troy, Perseus, and Medusa will fascinate and engage children’s imaginations.
 
National Geographic completes the book with embellishments of each story: sidebars for each god, goddess, hero, and monster link the myths to constellations, geography, history, and culture to help young readers connect the stories to real life events, people, and places. A family tree and a “cast of characters” profile page help make relationships between the characters clear, and a mapping feature adds to the fun and fascination. Resource notes and ample back matter directing readers to more information round out this luminous book. Sure to dazzle all those intrigued with the fantastic tales of Greek mythology and enchant new readers, this vibrant book will soon become a family keepsake.

If you have any recommendations then please leave them down below!

See you in the next one…

5 thoughts on “-| Illustrated Mythological Books… Top 5 Saturday |-”

  1. I read a lot of original myths in middle school and to this day I always love anything involving mythology. But recently I’ve gotten further away from Greek myths and more into Norse mythology or myths from different cultures like Russian and Aztec.

    Btw the topics for next month are finally up lol

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      1. I have a copy of The Seventh Sun, which was on my list and it’s about Mayan and Aztec mythology and culture so I’m excited. All I know about either of those cultures is the Mayan calendar and in Pirates of the Caribbean they were after cursed aztec gold

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