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Tanglewood Tales

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Book Overview: 

Here is a delightful collection of charming stories from Greek Mythology. This collection features some very popular characters like our beloved Jason, Ulysses, King Pluto and Theseus (and of course, our favorite, Mr. Minotaur, too). Written in Hawthorne's interesting and beautiful style, these stories will be a great delight to read AND listen to.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The king's palace attained to the stupendous magnitude of Periwinkle's baby house, and stood in the center of a spacious square, which could hardly have been covered by our hearth-rug. Their principal temple, or cathedral, was as lofty as yonder bureau, and was looked upon as a wonderfully sublime and magnificent edifice. All these structures were built neither of stone nor wood. They were neatly plastered together by the Pygmy workmen, pretty much like birds' nests, out of straw, feathers, egg shells, and other small bits of stuff, with stiff clay instead of mortar; and when the hot sun had dried them, they were just as snug and comfortable as a Pygmy could desire.

The country round about was conveniently laid out in fields, the largest of which was nearly of the same extent as one of Sweet Fern's flower beds. Here the Pygmies used to plant wheat and other kinds of grain, which, when it grew up and ripened, overshadowed these tiny people as the pines, and the. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Excellent book. I love Nathaniel Hawthorne's writing.

This is a delightful edition of Hawthorne's Greek mythology for young readers. With a heavy cloth imprint, 150 gsm premium paper, and the 1920s illustrations from Virginia Frances Sterrett, this is one of those books that takes pride-of-place on the bookshelf. Essentially a reprint of the 1921 Pe...more

This was required reading for my home school curriculum, and the entire time I was wondering why they chose this particular book.
I was already familiar with most of the myths, (two little brothers who spent a long period completely obsessed with Greek myths) but the differences in Hawthorne’s re...more

Phew! Finally, it's done.
Interesting stories though.

Readers can find a great collection of short stories based on greek myths. The Gorgon's Head,The Three Golden Apples. The Miraculous Pitcher, The Golden Fleece, The Golden Touch. The Paradise of Children, The Minotaur, The Pygmies, The Dragon's Teeth, Circe's Palace,The Pomegranate Seeds, The Chi...more

I have always loved Mythology and I have always enjoyed Hawthorn's writing. To have Hawthorn re-writing a few stories is a joy indeed!

This book went all too quickly. If it weren't for four children in the household at that time I probably would have completed this book in one day.

For some light...more

This is an awesome introduction to Greek mythology! It is clean and fun. I think I would even let toddlers read it (though they might not understand a few of the words). I was reading this to refresh my mythology in preparation for the National Latin Exam (yikes!). This is a great book and I woul...more

Today, Nathaniel Hawthorne, former United States consul to Great Britain, is remembered more for his literary masterpieces like The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables, less for his contribution to children’s literature. First published in 1853, this story is a sequel to a popular book c...more

I listened to these Greek myths as told by Nathaniel Hawthorne over a weekend. My kids listened to some of these as well and really enjoyed the ones that they heard. I'm sure they'll request that we download these again the next time we have a long car ride as we all enjoyed listening. The storie...more

This rare edition was a gift from my good friends Kevin and Erin, and is a sequel to The Wonder Book which I have yet to read. It's strange to see children's stories from the author of The Scarlet Letter and other somewhat morally-troubling novels. His goal here was to introduce Greek mythology i...more

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