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Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods and Heroes by Matthew Reinhart and Illustrated by Robert Sabuda

Published by Candlewick Press

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Ages: 5 and up

Publishers Summary: For all of recorded history, humans have sought to understand Earth’s mysteries in the realm of the divine — and aspired to conduct themselves as heroes. Only gods, of course, could push the sun across the sky,forge entire continents, and impel mountains to touch the clouds. In this stunning volume, the incomparable team of Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda take us to Ra-Atum’s land in Ancient Egypt; above the Grecian clouds to Zeus’s Mount Olympus; up to Norse god Odin’s frozen north; to the Far East, where the Jade Emperor sits in the heavens; into the wilds of Oceania, where Pele’s volcanic rage simmers below the earth; and to many more lands and times, all rich with sacred myths and legends.
The creators of the New York Times best-selling Encyclopedia Prehistorica series offer a mythic look at the mysteries of the past with an entire pantheon of remarkable pop-ups.

In ancient times it was the Gods and Heroes that ruled over the people. With their powerful and illusive ways they offered life and death to those who chose to follow them or not. From Ancient Egypt to Rome to Asia and even the Americas, these powerful beings have changed the way the people went about their lives and often affected their every move. Take a tour of these incredible beings and times in a whole new way, a pop-up book you’ve never experienced before.

When I say “pop-up book”, what comes to mind? For me the first thing that comes to mind are the simple “lift and flap” books that young toddlers sometimes enjoy with their parents; numbers and small pictures hidden behind each flap. There’s also the more elaborate “pop-up books” for an older child, say maybe four years old and up, that has a few pop-up pictures scattered throughout. I also think of the recent influx of book app “pop-up/3-D” books for iPhones and iPads, which I adore. Well, the Encyclopedia Mythological series of pop-up books is an entirely different “hands on” experience. This is absolutely not a book series for very little ones, but perfect for the eight or nine year old who loves to see history come to life before their eyes. Specifically, the Gods and Heroes edition tells of the ancient stories behind the most fascinating characters in history, but in an incredible and visual way. It’s a gorgeous book that no doubt young readers would love to scour through, as there are numerous flaps with pop-up after pop-up to investigate and learn from.

With it’s combination of carefully crafted visual pop-ups and educational information, Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods and Heroes is a welcome addition to not only a home library, but also perfect for the classroom. It’s no wonder to me why it’s recently been nominated for a Children’s Choice Book Award this year in the Grade 3-4 level. With page after page focused on Gods and Heroes like Zeus, Hercules, Aphrodite, Hades, Imhotep and more young learners will no doubt find numerous stories to read and investigate time and time again. This is definitely a series we will keep in our home for some time to come, especially as the kiddos get older I can see it being a wonderful source of information and entertainment; not to mention incredibly beautiful for even adults to look at!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 7 and up. A brilliant educational pop-up book for young readers.

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Giveaway!

Thanks to the publisher, Candlewick Press, I have a fantastic giveaway to share with There’s A Book readers with two winners! One winner will receive the entire Encyclopedia Mythologica library including: Gods & Heroes, Fairies & Magical Creatures, and Dragons & Monsters AND One winner will receive one copy of Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods and Heroes. Pretty exciting, right?! Fill out the form below to be entered to win and good luck!

Details: Two winners will be chosen at random after the contest closes. (One winner receiving the Encyclopedia Mythologica library including: Gods & Heroes, Fairies & Magical Creatures, and Dragons & Monsters AND One winner will receive one copy of Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods and Heroes.) You MUST fill out the form below, comments will not count as entries. Only one entry per household. Giveaway is open to US/Canadian Residents only. The giveaway will run from April 20, 2011 until May 07, 2011 midnight EST.

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7 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Encyclopedia Mythologica- Gods and Heroes by Matthew Reinhart

  1. Wow. This book is beautiful!

  2. Coolest. Book. Ever. I want!!

  3. Janice says:

    Mythology and gods, these are very classic interest that the crowd usually read.

  4. Bea says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I loved reading the Greek myths when I was a little girl. I definitely need to check this book out.

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