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Mythology (Greek and Roman) in Picture Books


J292 Espeland, Pamela Story of Pygmalion
Pygmalion, a sculptor, falls in love with one of his statues and prays to Venus for help.
J292 Hodges, Margaret The Arrow and the Lamp: The Story of Psyche
J292 Hutton, Warwick Persephone
Retells the Greek myth in which Persephone must spend six months out of every year below the Earth in Hades.
J292 Lasky, Kathryn Hercules: The Man, The Myth, The Hero
Recounts the story of the mythological hero, Hercules, child of Zeus and a mortal woman, including his twelve labors and ending with his ascension to Mount Olympus as a god.
J292 Martin, Claire The Race of the Golden Apples
A Greek princess, raised by bears in the forest and then returned to her rightful place in the kingdom, refuses to marry unless the man can outrun her in a footrace.
J292 Neil, Philip King Midas
In ancient Greece, King Midas had the chance to ask one favor of the god Dionysus. He asked that everything he touched might turn to gold.
J292 Storr, Catherine The Trojan Horse
Recounts how the Greeks won the Trojan War by the subterfuge of the wooden horse.
J292.13 BYRD Byrd, Robert The Hero and the Minotaur: The Fantastic Adventures of Theseus
The story of Prince Theseus and the trials that befall him when he vows to become a hero.
J292.13 MARZO Marzollo, Jean Let's Go, Pegasus!
An engaging retelling of Ovid's version of the Greek myth about how Perseus defeated Medusa and created Pegasus.
J292.13 MARZO Marzollo, Jean Pandora's Box: A Greek Myth
In every sense, this is a truly modern retelling of a traditional tale.
J398.2 Burleigh, Robert Hercules
Retells the story of the final, and most difficult, labor of Hercules, known as Heracles in Greek mythology, in which he must go to Underworld and bring back the three-headed dog, Cerberus.
J398.2 Climo, Shirley Atalanta's Race: A Greek Myth
Retells the myth of the Greek princess, rejected by her father, raised by bears, won in marriage in a race by Melanion, and then changed into a lioness by an angry Aphrodite.
J398.2 Craft, Charlotte King Midas and the Golden Touch
A king finds himself bitterly regretting the consequences of his wish that everything he touches would turn to gold.
J398.2 Espeland, Pamela Theseus and the Road to Athens
When the time comes for him to join his father, King Aegeus, in Athens, Theseus decides to walk in order to test his courage.
J398.2 Hutton, Warwick The Trojan Horse
A retelling of how the Greeks used a wooden horse to win the ten-year-long Trojan War.
J398.2 Lattimore, Doborah Nourse Medusa
A retelling of the myth of Medusa, turned by Athena's curse into a gorgon whose gaze turned men to stone, and Perseus' quest to vanquish her in order to save his mother's life.
J398.2 Mark, Jan The Midas Touch
A retelling of the classic story of King Midas, who foolishly wishes that everything he touchs be turned to gold, and only then realizes his horrible mistake.
J398.2 McDermott, Gerald Sun Flight
Daedalus fashions wings for the escape of himself and his son Icarus from the Labyrinth of King Monos of Crete, but Icarus fails to heed his father's warnings about their use.
J398.2 Rumford, James There's a Monster in the Alphabet
An alphabet book which relates the legend of Cadmus, the Phoenician hero who brought the alphabet to Greece and slew a dragon there.
J398.2 Spinner, Stephanie Monster in the Maze: The Story of the Minotaur
A dashing prince and brave princess join forces to defeat the monster in the maze and save the children of Athens. The exciting Greek legend comes to life in this easy-to-read version. Full-color illustrations.
J398.2 Stewig, John Warren King Midas
A king finds himself bitterly regretting the consequences of his wish that everything he touches would turn to gold.
J398.20938 BATEM Bateman, Teresa Damon, Pythias, and the Test of Friendship
J398.20938 GUNDE Gunderson, Jessica Jason and the Argonauts: A Retelling
King Pelias promises Jason the throne if he can capture the Golden Fleece. Join him on his journey and see if he can accomplish the task.
J398.20938 GUNDE Gunderson, Jessica Medusa's Stony Stare: A Retelling
Find out if Perseus will become another one of Medusa's stone men.
J398.20938 MEIST Meister, Cari The Battle of the Olympians and the Titans
J398.20938 MEIST Meister, Cari Odysseus and the Cyclops: A Retelling
After 10 years of battle Odysseus and his men capture the city of Troy and set sail for home. On the way home they discover an island with a giant cyclops - find out what happens to them next.
J398.20938 MEIST Meister, Cari Pandora's Vase: A Retelling
Zeus tells Pandora not to open the golden vase, read and see if she will be able to keep her curiosity under control.
J398.20938 MEIST Meister, Cari The Wooden Horse of Troy
Odysseus and the Greeks had been fighting the Trojans for 10 when Odysseus comes up with a brilliant idea. Will his plan put an end to the war?
J398.20938 Yolen, Jane Pegasus, Flying Horse
Retells how, with the help of the goddess Athena, the handsome and overly proud Bellerophon tames the winged horse Pegasus and conquers the monstrous Chimaera.
J398.21 Craft, Charlotte Cupid and Psyche
The god of love, Cupid, falls in love with the beautiful mortal, Psyche.
J398.21 Fisher, Leonard Everett Cyclops
Describes the encounter between the cyclops Polyphemus and Odysseus and his men after the end of the Trojan War.
J398.21 Fisher, Leonard Everett Jason and the Golden Fleece
Jason and his crew of Argonauts set sail on his ship the Argo in search of the golden fleece.
J398.21 Hutton, Warwick Perseus
Retells the Greek myth in which the hero Perseus beheads Medusa, the most horrible of the Gorgons.
J398.21 Hutton, Warwick Theseus and the Minotaur
Recounts how Theseus killed the monster, Minotaur, with the help of Ariadne.
J398.21 Richards, Jean The First Olympic Games: A Gruesome Greek Myth with a Happy Ending
After Pelops, son of Tantulus and grandson of the Greek god Zeus, wins the hand of Hippodamia in a chariot race, he decrees that Olympic games are to be held every four years.
J398.21 Schönfeldt, Sybil Gräfin Orpheus and Eurydice
The tragic tale of Orpheus, his gift for music, and his undying love for the oak nymph Eurydice is retold for children.
J398.21 Waldherr, Kris Persephone and the Pomegranate: A Myth from Greece
Demeter refuses to allow spring to appear until she has been reunited with her daughter Persephone, who has been abducted to the Underworld by Pluto.
J398.22 Storr, Catherine King Midas
A king who wishes for the golden touch is faced with its unfortunate consequences.
J398.22 Thomson , Peggy The King Has Horse's Ears
Only the king and his barber know that the king has horse's ears, until the secret gets outs just in time for the king's wedding day.
J398.23 Balit, Christina Atlantis: The Legend of a Lost City
Recounts the legend of the lost civilization of Atlantis. Includes a note discussing various explanations for the legend.
J811 Hovey, Kate Arachne Speaks
A poem about Arachne, who challenged the goddess Athena to a weaving contest and was changed into a spider.
J883.1 Williams, Marcia The Iliad and the Odyssey
Retells these classic Greek myths in a comic strip format characterized by irreverent humor.
JE Ellwand, David Midas Mouse
Midas Mouse becomes so enthralled with sunlight that he is given the power to turn anything he touches into gold.
JE MARZO Marzollo, Jean Little Bear, You're a Star!
This lively, vibrantly illustrated rendition of the story of Big and Little Bear provides a wonderful introduction to classic Greek myths and the constellations.
JE Wells, Rosemary Max and Ruby in Pandora's Box
Ruby tries to stop her younger brother Max from sneaking into her room and snooping by reading him an altered version of "Pandora's Box."
JE Wells, Rosemary Max and Ruby's First Greek Myth: Pandora's Box
Ruby tries to stop her younger brother Max from sneaking into her room and snooping by reading him an altered version of "Pandora's Box."
JE Wells, Rosemary Max and Ruby's Midas
Ruby tries to keep her brother Max from eating so many sweets by reading him an altered version of the story of King Midas.
JER Spinner, Stephanie Snake Hair: The Story of Medusa
Recounts how the Greek hero Perseus vanquishes the serpent-haired Medusa whose gaze turned people to stone.


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