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! 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.


A Backwards Story said... .

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!

May 30, 2011 at 10:12 PM

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