Reading nonfiction books for children can be a nice experience to revisit what you think you know, or refresh what you have forgotten. This is why I decided to read Goddess Power: 10 Empowering Tales of Legendary Women, a Kids’ Book of Greek & Roman Mythology.
When I was a child, around 10 I believe, I read an excellent book on Greek Mythology. Incidentally, seeing this title, I tried to find this book again, but the problem is I can’t even remember the title. I asked friends and family in France, but so far no success. So Goddess Power will do for now.
At first, I was a bit wary, as the book focuses on ten goddesses only: Gaia, Rhea, Hera, Artemis, The Fates, Demeter, Athena, The Muses, Aphrodite, and Circe. I was afraid it was going to be very limited and only considering women, but the author actually manages to start from the women and expand her focus in each chapter to offer a great overview of the whole of Greek (mostly) mythology. Plus, she does it in such a way that it is also chronological, in the sense of which goddess gave birth or led to which other god or goddess.
The presentation of the goddesses’ stories is supplemented by a chapter presenting mythological creatures, with an illustration and a few lines for each; and a pronunciation guide that recapitulates briefly who’s who. Circe (SER-see), for instance, is “a goddess of magic”.
There is also a good page of references for children and teens.
The vocabulary is accessible to younger readers, without being over simplified. And some funny remarks prevent the text from being a dry text book.
Each goddess is introduced in her family line, and with her symbols and strengths. As Circe has been very popular recently thanks to the book by Madeline Miller, I’ll take her as an example:
FAMILY: Perse (mother) | Helios (father)
Perses (brother) | Ardeas (son)
Latinus (son) | Telegonus (son)
SYMBOLS: Staff, cup, pig, lion
STRENGTHS: Magic, potions
The illustrations are really gorgeous, though I would have preferred for this one page not to be repeated eight times throughout the book. If the author didn’t have enough money for more illustrations, she could have created pages with different details of that same page.
The book focuses on Greek mythology, though the author does sometimes use Roman sources.
VERDICT: Very pretty and well done summary of Greek mythology for children, teens, and adults.
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In full compliance with FTC Guidelines, I received this book free of charge from the publisher through The Callisto Publisher’s Club. I was in no way compensated for this post as a reviewer, and the thoughts are my own.