Review of D'Aulaires' Greek Myths from Memoria Press2:15 AM
We recently starting studying ancient history, in our home school, especially Greek myths, and the book we were recommended to use by friends was D'Aulaires' Greek Myths from Memoria Press. We had the chance to review it as part of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew, and I can't wait to tell you about it!
The set we received contained the full-color, beautifully-illustrated Greek Myths book. (D'Aulaires has done several children's history books during the years he wrote and illustrated. They are our favorite titles as they captivate and educate in a way that classical education enthusiasts can really appreciate.) We actually own another copy of this that has seen better days, so my kids were thrilled to have a new copy to look through. Even the younger kids who can't read love the pictures; they are amazing and they reinforce the stories inside and help kids comprehend the fantastic myths inside!
It also came with the Memoria Press Greek Myths Teacher Guide and the Student Guide. Both are designed to be used with kids around grades 3 and up, but the questions are rather detailed and some of the story details very challenging. I didn't hesitate to use this with my 6th grader, and he felt like it was sufficiently engaging. There was also vocabulary to learn, as well as several references to how Greek influence can still be seen today. (My son really loves ancient history, and Greek history is often confused with Roman history. By using this study, it was easy and fun to see how Greek was a very unique culture -- not at all like the Romans -- and how they had their own influences on today.)