Skip to main content

Mythological Mondays (2)

Mythological Mondays is hosted by Bonnie at A Backwards Story to highlight all things myth related.


The family and I recently took a trip to Disney's Epcot for the Flower and Garden Festival. While traveling through the countries, we stopped at the Norway pavilion to ride The Maelstrom. How could you not love this adorable troll that pops out at you? I know, adorable troll? Only Disney...    


Loving all things mythological, I decided to do a post about some Norse mythology items that have caught my attention. Item #1: Thor. (sigh)  Don't knock the story, ok? I know it's not an entirely accurate portrayal of Norse mythology, but really what were you expecting? It's all about the eye candy and the special effects. =) This hunk of burning love is my new celebrity crush, so move over Jude Law. You have officially been replaced.


Okay, I know you're wondering where the book related items are. Wait no more! While at Epcot I saw a copy of D'aulaires book of Trolls. I wanted it right then! But, knowing how Disney jacks up their prices, I decided to wait (it was very hard) until I got home to order it from Amazon. After all, you can find just about anything on Amazon!

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse MythsD'Aulaires' Book of Trolls (New York Review Children's Collection)

If you have never read the Greek myth version, you might not know what to expect from these books. Personally, I love them. They are a fantastic introduction to mythology, complete with full page color illustrations. I really like how the stories portrayed actually stick with the original versions of the myths. There is no watering down of the stories here, except that the myths are told in child friendly terms (maybe middle school level). Also, the book is put together in chronological order, so you get a complete timeline of events. It's a family tree history worthy of ancestors.com! I wasn't able to look at the Book of Trolls in Epcot thanks to the shrink wrap, but I'm sure it will be fabulous. And of course, while I was surfing Amazon I came across the Norse myth book. Double score for me. Unfortunately, they do not make a D'aulaires Book of Chinese Myths. A little sad about that one. Chinese myths are pretty cool.

Ok, kiddos. That's my Mythological Monday post. Last week was a tribute to Greek/Roman mythology and Rick Riordan's brilliance, so I thought it only fair to feature my other favorite type of mythology this week: Norse. Maybe I'll find something awesome on Chinese mythology next week... or Hawaiian mythology. The wheels are already turning! Be warned.






Comments

  1. I would love a Chinese version! Have you read SILVER PHOENIX or FURY OF THE PHOENIX by Cindy Pon? The mythology is based on an archaic Chinese text. Very cool stuff!

    For the Norse stuff, have you read WARPED by Maurissa Guibord or HEROES OF THE VALLEY by Jonathan Stroud? Esp. WARPED. I'm in LOVE with WARPED!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Let the world know what you think... leave a message! I read them all!

Popular posts from this blog

Feature Follow Friday

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!


This week's question: Do you have any furry friends?


These are my fur babies: 

This is what it often looks like while I'm busy working. As you can tell, productivity is high. 


This is Lilly waiting for her boys to come home. She'll spend the entire day just like this if she's not sleeping next to me in my office. 

This is Roscoe. AKA The Boss. He runs the show around here. And yes, he has a sweater AND a coat for cold weather. 

Armchair BEA 2012 Introductions (day 1)

First, let me start off by saying that I am very excited to be participating in Armchair BEA this year. Since this is the first day of the weeklong event, here are my answers to the interview questions:

Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Well, the answer the first part of that question, I am a middle school Language Arts teacher in Florida (and probably one of the only people in a coastal city that hates the beach). I’ve been married to my hubby for 10 years and have 2 boys. My house is a constant zoo and I’m turning 30 in a few months. There is a mid-life crisis in my near future, I’m sure, but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.
I started blogging in December of 2011 out of necessity. Seriously. My students know how easily I am distracted when they ask me about books (I eventually caught on to their tactics), so I started blogging out of a need for more teaching time. (I should go ahead and mention that I never talked books all day—even…

Review: The Search for Delicious

The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book


Summary from Amazon: Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.


Gaylen’s quest leads him to the woldweller, a wise, 900-year-old creature who lives alone at the precise center of the forest; to Canto, the minstrel who sings him an old song about a mermaid child and who gives him a peculiar good-luck charm; to the underground domain of the dwarfs; and finally to Ardis who might save the kingdom from havoc.

My Review: I love this book! It is such a fun, easy, and enjoyable r…