History 106-05
Nov. 27, 1996




Eng. 265-01
Oct. 1, 1996
Prof Janice Antczak



Myth- Aliki , The Gods and Goddesses of Olympics , Harper Collins Publishers , 1994 .


After reading The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus , my first reaction was that it was a wonderful and fascinating example of how Greek mythology explains the theories about life , death , and the wonders of nature . Although I enjoyed the book , I also wondered if it was a little too confusing to a young child , since many long Greek names were used and many characters interacting together became too complicated and involved.
The story began with the creation of the earth , sky, all living things, and with the birth of the Gods and Goddesses that reigned on Mount Olympus . The author also took each of the twelve gods and goddesses and individually summarized their personality and duties and their purpose and connection to the world . The author who also illustrated the book , used brilliant and vibrant colors and also portrayed the personality visually by scenes and images that clearly showed the emotional side of the gods .
This myth contained some violence , sinister and inappropriate behavior among the gods and cruel and even frightening illustrations that I thought might be too overwhelming for a young impressionable mind . An example of this would be when " Cronus married his sister Rhea , and they had many children . But Cronus was afraid that one of them might overthrow him just as he had overthrown his father . So as each child was born , he swallowed it ." Although Cronus eventually "throws up" the unharmed children in the end, I feel the initial reaction might be more lasting , as well as the fact that Cronus married his sister , which is an unacceptable taboo in society . There were other strong images conveyed , both verbally and visually dealing with death , jealousy , deceit , and deformities of man and beast . Although I enjoyed this book , I felt it should be read to an older audience that will not be negatively impressed by some parts of the story .

Tall Tale : Kellog Steven , Sally Ann Thunder , Ann Whirlwind Crockett , Morrow Junior Books , 1995
In this tale , author Steven Kellog depicts the incredible story of a girl named Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind who has an amazing amount of strength, vitality and agility and who sets off for the frontier at age eight . She lived with the animals and loved her life in the wilderness until one day she meets a stranger in the woods that needs her help . It is Davy Crockett , the most famous woodsman in America . They fall in love and marry, but the amazing feats of strength and courage fill her daily life and continue to surprise the town folk in this nineteenth century tale .
My first reaction to this tall tale was that it was funny , light , and had a lot of vitality . The plot was simple for children to follow and had only one main character , which would let the children focus on the cumulative events that happened to this character and how the story leads to itís climax.
I definitely got the feeling that I was looking at a nineteenth century story by the authors illustration and colors used. Earth tones of brown, yellow , green and blue set the stage for an early American atmosphere . This tale , portrayed in a humorous way , showed how the rugged heroines of long ago dealt with the hardships and dangers of frontier life . I feel young children will like this book and enjoy itís funny and whimsical dialogue and illustrations , and perhaps get a comical glimpse of life on the frontier of long ago.

Folktale : Aardema Verna . Why Mosquitoes Buzz in peoples Ears , Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon , Dial Press , 1975 .
I found this African folktale to be a delightfully imaginative and entertaining tale that has a simple lesson that young children would be able to understand and relate to . The tale