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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

Una gran introducción a los mitos griegos, con unas ilustraciones maravillosas de Walter Crane y Virginia Frances Sterret.
El libro de las maravillas contiene seis cuentos, historias que todo el mundo conoce, más o menos: Pandora, Atlas y el Jardín de las Hespérides, el Rey Midas, Perseo y la Medusa.

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 Penn

What a fun, exciting and thoroughly engaging introduction to myths. The background information is minimal, and I am sure that as I learn more about myths this book will tell me even more. Until then, I was still about to learn and see connections between these little tales and others. A great read!

A book like Tanglewood Tales is not the sort of book I would normally scout out for myself, seeing as it is a children's book, but after receiving it as a gift, I'm very glad I gave it a chance. This collection of short stories are concerned with mainly Greek (with some Roman) mythology and although

This was fun!

I had no idea that Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote children's books, but he did a pretty good job of this one.

Of all the retellings in this book, The Minotaur was probably my favorite. Theseus was such a fun hero, and all the odd little twists and turns made for a fun story.

Even though all

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 Chimae

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 would r

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 call

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 stories a

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