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The Heroes, or Greek Fairy Tales for My Children

Charles Kingsley

Book Overview: 

The Heroes, or Greek Fairy Tales for my Children by Charles Kingsley is a collection of three Greek mythology stories: Perseus, The Argonauts, and Theseus. The author had a great fondness for Greek fairy tales and believed the adventures of the characters would inspire children to achieve higher goals with integrity.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But my nieces are immortal, and they shall fetch it for you, if you will promise me one thing and keep your faith.’

Then Perseus promised; and the giant said, ‘When you come back with the head of Medusa, you shall show me the beautiful horror, that I may lose my feeling and my breathing, and become a stone for ever; for it is weary labour for me to hold the heavens and the earth apart.’

Then Perseus promised, and the eldest of the Nymphs went down, and into a dark cavern among the cliffs, out of which came smoke and thunder, for it was one of the mouths of Hell.

And Perseus and the Nymphs sat down seven days, and waited trembling, till the Nymph came up again; and her face was pale, and her eyes dazzled with the light, for she had been long in the dreary darkness; but in her hand was the magic hat.

Then all the Nymphs kissed Perseus, and wept over him a long while; but he was only impatient to be gone.  And at last the. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Once again as home schooling time is limited when it comes to the reading of whole books to accompany our unit study of Ancient Greece, we only read the introduction and the first "Hero" story. But both my daughters {5th and 6th} and myself enjoyed the stories. I think the drawback for reading these

Read aloud for Y3 & Y1 students. We listened to the audiobook narrated by Robin Field and it was excellent! And it saved me from tripping over a hundred difficult greek names. We enjoyed making connections to other fairytales and stories.

AO read with my Form 1 kids, spread over three years. I remember getting lost in the Argonauts but overall such enjoyable stories and writing! (We used D’Aulaire’s Greek mythology book for the pictures along with this!) I also like to sneak peeks at Calvin when they describe Heroes, and that part of

AO year 3 read. I know a lot of people struggle with this one and some are even subbing in a different book but I just love it. I feel it needs to be read aloud and it reads almost like poetry sometimes. The words, the flow, the cadence... it’s lovely.

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