Tanglewood Tales

Tanglewood TalesNathaniel Hawthorne Masterfully Grabs The Imagination Of Children With These Timeless Tales Of Adventure Based On The Incomparable Greek Mythological Heroes Escapades Children Will Enter A World Of Magic And Intrigue As They Face Ferocious Beasts, Clever Enchantresses, And Tricky Gods, Alongside The Greatest Heroes Of All Time Will Theseus Escape From The Maze That Is Guarded By The Awful Minotaur Can Jason Steal The Golden Fleece From Under The Nose And Claws Of A Vicious Dragon Can Odysseus Outsmart The Witch Whose Potion Has Turned His Men Into Pigs And Will Cadmus Rescue His Sister From The Bull Who Has Kidnapped Her And Who Turns Out To Be None Other Than Mighty Zeus Himself In Disguise Find Out In This Enchanting Retelling Of The Classic Tales, Spun By An American Master. Today, Nathaniel Hawthorne, former United States consul to Great Britain, is remembered for his literary masterpieces like The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables, less for his contribution to children s literature First published in 1853, this story is a sequel to a popular book called A Wonder Book In both books Hawthorne retells Greek myths and covers the tales of the Minotaur, Pgymies, dragon s teeth, Circe s palace, pomegranate seeds, and Golden Fleece in this narrative Hawthorne s brilliance reveals itself in the narrative frame around these stories the book begins with children, named poetically after flowers, gathering around a benign storyteller to hear these occasionally gruesome tales The storyteller, Mr Bright, spares no details and edits nothing out of the original Greek stories, but the children know they are safe with him as their guide to the Greek mythic world And there is something delicious about being a little scared, when you have friends around you, otherwise children wouldn t beg for ghost stories around a campfire Establishing a setting like that, Hawthorne proceeds to translate the Greek literary myths that many readers today would know the basic tenets of, but the author writes detailed accounts of each Rich vocabulary and flawlessly made speeches on the part of the Greek heroes make this book a verit
This is a delightful edition of Hawthorne s Greek mythology for young readers With a heavy cloth imprint, 150 gsm premium paper, and the 1920s illustrations from Virginia Frances Sterrett, this is one of those books that takes pride of place on the bookshelf Essentially a reprint of the 1921 Penn Publishing volume, this is a win win for youngster and adult alike.Mr Hawthorne wrote these tales as a way to have the myths explained for younger ears And I do mean ears as these stories are meant to be read aloud to children, who will appreciate the wonder of Jason and the Golden Fleece, the terror of the Minotaur, the humor of Giant and the Pygmies, the adventures of Ulysses, the sadness of Mother Ceres, and the shock of the Dragon s Teeth With his New England Puritan touch, Hawthorne turns these famous characters into accessible good vs evil allegories, and the illustrations make everything work toget
Excellent book I love Nathaniel Hawthorne s writing. I listened to these Greek myths as told by Nathaniel Hawthorne over a weekend My kids listened to some of these as well and really enjoyed the ones that they heard I m sure they ll request that we download these again the next time we have a long car ride as we all enjoyed listening The stories are written as if being told to young listeners, so they translate perfectly to audio format
. I didn t rate this because I chose to walk away from it I won t say it was bad the writing was fine I just tend to prefer my fairy tales and myths with all the dark edges and dirty bits, so the cleanup wasn t to my taste Hawthorne s child proofing of the myths goes so far that he makes Ariadne stay with her father out of filial devotion, rather than running off with Theseus I
Readers can find a great collection of short stories based on greek myths The Gorgon s Head,The Three Golden Apples The Miraculous Pitcher, The Golden Fleece, The Golden Touch The Paradise of Children, The Minotaur, The Pygmies, The Dragon s Teeth, Circe
This is an awesome introduction to Greek mythology It is clean and fun I think I would even let toddlers read it though they might not understand a few of the words I was reading this to refresh my mythology in preparation for the National Latin Exam yikes This is a great book and I would recom
This is a fun collection, Hawthorne s second, of Greek myths lightly re interpreted and retold for children They re well known stories with a rather friendlier take Antaeus has some buddies his brothers that are called pygmies but which seem to be about six inches tall, for example But they rally to avenge him after Hercules kills him, and the big H takes the loss good naturedly Theseus still slays the Minotaur, though the beast seems to be something of an unfortunate soul, but doesn t abandon Ariadne rather, she refuses to abandon her father, for all his faults.There are little nuggets of wisdom cleverly dropped in When describing how Antaeus just watches the pygmies go about their business, and only interferes when one of their wars against the cranes is going badly for them, he says something to the effect of the best thing big people can do for little people is let them manage their own affairs There are similar I see what you did there moments throughout which are quit
Phew Finally, it s done Interesting stories though. This rare edition was a gift from my good friends Kevin and Erin, and is a sequel to The Wonder Book which I have yet to read It s strange to see children s stories from the author of The Scarlet Letter and other somewhat morally troubling novels His goal here was to introduce Greek mythology in a palatable and slightly less violent form to children Perhaps it was also to soften his image with his readership, which would explain the fictitiously framed narrator.The story Minotaur is based on Theseus from Ovid s Metamorphoses The Pygmies is taken from Homer s The Iliad and borrows much from Swift s Gulliver s Travels, which grandfathers in the myth as well The Dragon s Teeth is mostly about Cadmus who has no literary base as a character except vaguely in Herodotus , but the story makes little conventional sense There is no hero or villain, only a loose chain of events I suppose it stands in here to represent the importance of the line of kings in Greek mythology Circe s Palace comes from Homer s Odyssey and is a sound Orwellian analogy of the savage man The Pomegranate Seeds is another unattributable myth, this time mostly Roman, about Proserpina Persephone in Greek The last story The Golden Fle

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  • Audio CD
  • 6 pages
  • Tanglewood Tales
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • English
  • 25 June 2017
  • 9780786171781