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Saturday, April 6, 2013

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths - Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths is a reissue of the original book Norse Gods and Giants, which is contains retellings of the Norse myths with gorgeous illustrations.

This particular edition has a preface written by a reviewer looking back on his experience reading this book as a child. Some people don't like his Christian slanted view of it, but I found nothing objectionable in it, as he is writing about his own personal experience.

In their typical fashion, Ingri and Edgar bring these amazing myths to life with detailed colored illustrations and creative storytelling. The book begins by telling about the creation of the world, the origins of the giants, gods, and the creation of humans. After this it moves on giving a page long summary of each of the major characters, including Odin, Thor, Freya, Loki, and many others. It then continues on to tell many other stories about the Aesir and their encounters with giants, dwarves, and other creatures. Some of my favorites in this particular collection were the story of Sif's lost golden hair, Loki's odd creation of Sleipnir, and Thor and Loki's journey into Jotunheim.

While the stories remain true to the originals found in the Norse Eddas, they are toned down for younger readers in certain spots. For example, it does tell the story of Fenris being chained up and how in the process he bites of Tyr's hand, but it's not detailed in nature. It even details Ragnarok near the end. It does, however, tell the redeeming portion in which All-Father, who the authors chose to use "God Almighty", redeems the world.

Rich in detail with both words and pictures, children will love these retellings of classic myths.

Other books by these authors:
Book of Greek Myths
Childen of the Northlights
Leif the Lucky

Recommended Reading:
Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson, translated by Jesse Byock

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