A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys

A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys A Wonder Book is a collection of famous Greek myths beautifully retold and adapted for young readers The collection consists of six tales The Gorgon s Head The Golden Touch The Paradise of Children

  • Title: A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys
  • Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Walter Crane
  • ISBN: 9781909115071
  • Page: 353
  • Format: ebook
  • A Wonder Book is a collection of famous Greek myths beautifully retold and adapted for young readers The collection consists of six tales The Gorgon s Head, The Golden Touch, The Paradise of Children, The Three Golden Apples, The Miraculous Pitcher, The Chim ra This edition includes color illustrations by Walter Crane.

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    • rr says:

      My recent time with Hawthorne and Hawthorne scholarship has made me cautious about taking anything Hawthorne said about himself at face value, but I am inclined to agree with him when he remarked that The Wonder Book was some of his best work. I've read many re-tellings of classical myths for both children and adults, and I put Hawthorne's renditions among the very (very) best. His intention is not to remain faithful to the myths' ancient forms (at least not in any straightforward understanding [...]

    • Malapata says:

      Seis leyendas de la mitología clásica adaptadas para niños. El problema es que el estilo se ha quedado bastante anticuado, y resulta bastante pesado de leer. Sólo se salvan un par de leyendas, la de Perseo y las gorgonas y la de Hércules y las manzanas doradas, y aún así algunas páginas me las leí en diagonal.

    • Maninee says:

      I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology and, unlike many of my peers, have been reading about it long before I even heard of the Percy Jackson series. Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales was one of the first books that I had ever read on Greek mythology and nurtured my love for it. So when I saw the book on my school library shelf, I couldn't help picking it up. This book was good read, though I must confess, I've read about most of the stories before from Roger Lancelyn Green's Tale [...]

    • Rebecca Van Wagner says:

      I absolutely loved this. It is witty and clever and funny. Would love to read again. Loved the illustrations!

    • Lmichelleb says:

      For someone who forgets what little she was taught of Greek myths, this was a delightful reintroduction. I was completely ignorant of the stories of Perseus and the Gorgon's head, the miraculous pitcher, and Hercules' three golden apples. The rest were only vaguely familar. But I realize how much the themes of these old stories come up in more modern storytelling. I am convinced of the deep importance of reading these myths!Hawthorne is a little too self-deprecating for me, and the introductions [...]

    • Jacklyn (ReadingBliss) says:

      I read this to my son as our first literary introduction to greek myths and thought the framing of the narrator was endearing to the reader. I felt as if I were among the children being told the stories by the elder student upon the varying natural sceneries. Not having much experience outside of Disney's interpretation of greek myths, I thought this was a great beginning. The stories were vivid, but not too long and included several illustrations throughout. There were several tales collaborate [...]

    • Jacqueline Dorsey says:

      I was a bit hesitant in starting this book, given my rather mixed-feelings on the only other Hawthorne book I'd read (The Scarlet Letter) and the numerous retellings of Greek myths I've already consumed.But, boy, am I glad I made the decision to read this delightful collection anyway! Yes, I've heard the stories of Midas, Pandora, Pegasus, and others countless times. But until now, I'd never had the pleasure of hearing them told so wellwith such strikingly vivid imagery that makes the already fa [...]

    • Veena Soujanya says:

      Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a collection of 6 famous stories based on the myths and legends of Greek. These stories are narrated by Eustance Bright to a group of children who are his cousins. Keeping the legendary stories short and sweet the author presents the tales of "The Gorgon's Head", the tale of Medusa; "The Golden Touch", the story of Midas touch; "The Three Golden Apples", the narrative of Hercules and Atlas; "The Miraculous Pitcher", the fable of the pitcher which is always f [...]

    • Olga says:

      I am definitely not the target audience for this book, due to my age and living over a century after the book was written. Rating it therefore is somewhat of a tricky task.The book includes six stories re-imagined (sort of) from the Greek mythology. A third of them have a very basic moral of "wouldn't it be nice to gather all bad people together and then just get rid of them all at once" - a notion way overly simplistic for my liking, which is why I did not rate the book very high. It is not all [...]

    • Cait says:

      I liked that these classical myths were retold with the framing device of Eustace telling them to the children.I was familiar with most of the stories, like King Midas, but I liked these version. Would make a good story to share with children.Aware of Nathaniel Hawthorne but not read anything by him before.

    • Emelie Johansson says:

      A very beautiful edition of the book, the illustrations inside are amazing and really added to the story and the feeling. I loved the rewriting of the old myths/stories. It was divided into shorter chapters where you get a story and where you get to know the imaginary author and his audience. I thought that it was a cute and nice thing that added to the feel of the story.

    • Rian MacLoughlin says:

      A children's book, and perhaps a clever way of introducing children to the great works of Greek mythology. Well written, as Hawthorne always is, but perhaps to stiff a mixture of the sublime and the ridiculous.

    • Julia says:

      Six of the popular Greek myths are retold in the setting of a university student telling the stories to his younger cousins. Delightful. Originally published in 1851, I listened to this as a free download from LibriVox. It was beautifully read.

    • Yukiko says:

      Fairytales aren't really my thing, but this one I enjoyed quite a lot. Anyway, who wouldn't love the beautiful illustrations by Arthur Rackham?

    • Peter Asper says:

      This book is a fun respinning of ancient Greek myths. I'll have to read it to my kids when they get a little older.

    • Gabriella says:

      This book was very helpful and informational, it added a fun twist to Greek mythology and the illustratrions were amazing.

    • Stephanie says:

      Couldn't finish it. Liked the myths, but the framing story annoyed me.

    • Ray Palmer says:

      This was a light and amusing way to enjoy reading a few Greek myths to my children. The author’s attempts to tell the stories in ways that “modern” children would understand are somewhat lost considering how long ago the book was written.

    • Skjam! says:

      Tanglewood is a large country house out in the Berkshires which is owned by the Pringle family. They have a great many relatives with young children who often come visiting, and it frequently falls to their sole teenage relative, Eustace Bright, to entertain the younglings. It’s a good thing that young Mr. Bright knows many fascinating stories, and delights in the telling of them! Through the year, he regales his audience with tales of Greek mythology.Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of the great Am [...]

    • Nicholas Kane says:

      I've had this on my bookshelf for a few years now, and I originally picked it up because I love Greek myths. I tried to read this book at least two years ago but discarded it in favor of other reads. I figured I'd pick it up again since I've matured and it would be a short read for the end of the year. I found myself struggling to get through the book once again. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad about the Greek myths. Actually, the myths are the best parts of this book. The parts that had [...]

    • Michelle says:

      Absolutely Beautiful writing and some of the most beautiful children's stories I have read in a long time! My children ages 5-8 were enthralled and though we read them through slowly over 2-3 months they never wanted the readings to stop. One of my new personal favorites to read aloud to children! Hawthorne is quite descriptive and I know some have an issue with that but for us that is what made these stories come alive!

    • Rhys says:

      Recently I have been re-reading books that were important to me when I was young. I say "re-reading" but back then I rarely read them all the way through. I tended just to dip and skim. This time, decades later, I am reading them properly, from start to finish.Nathaniel Hawthorne's A Wonder Book was possibly my first introduction to the world of Classical Myth (I can't be entirely sure about this). I remember that the stories made a great impression on me. The myths are retold with skill and cha [...]

    • Skedatt says:

      I loved it. My kids (4 - 9yrs) loved it--they kept begging me to read it for longer. It makes an excellent read-aloud for all ages of children, since the stories are short enough (there are six in the book that take about an hour to read) and reworked enough to be perfect for children. They are not Disneyfied (considering that Hawthorne predates Disney by a fair bit of time but you know what I mean), but the myths are enjoyably and appropriately told (as compared to dry and boring) with a nice s [...]

    • Nick says:

      The quest for a suitable imaginative literature for the formation of the young continues.Hawthorne offers us a great option here. His creative re-tellings of some few Greek myths, bracketed between a lighthearted telling of the setting in which Hawthorne's rhapsode, Eustace Bright, is cajoled into telling a story to his younger companions, and a narration of the effect it had upon his audience as they stroll through the hills and ravines of their home range.Hawthorne does take some liberties her [...]

    • Daniel says:

      In compiling this book, Hawthorne made an interesting selection of myths, choosing the tale of Perseus, that of King Midas, the parable of Pandora, one exploit of Heracles and sharing the experience of Philemon and Baucis as well as a retelling of Bellorophon's quest to mount Pegasus and slay the Chimera.He brings in a Williams student telling the tales with a group of children in the Berkshires. Treacly at times and sanitized for a Nineteenth Century audience, the book does read well, with nice [...]

    • Nan says:

      I got this book (A Wonder Book) years ago to read to my son. I could not read it to him because of the stilted-sounding language! My 7 year old son has now picked it up and absolutely loves both the Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales. He doesn't complain about the language at all. Strangely, Tanglewood Tales is in the young adult section of the school library, and I had to write a permission note for my son to check it out. Sadly, neither of these books are on the "AR List" for school so he doesn' [...]

    • Maggie McCormack says:

      Hawthorne's reinvention of classical Greek myths is framed around the adventures of a group of children in the village called Tanglewood. The tales are wonderfully told with quirks and sleights-of-hand that can keep an older audience as equally entertained as the targeted younger audience. The book offers more than just the re-telling of old tales; it provides insight into the coming-of-age of certain characters (Eustace, a college student; and Primrose, a preteen girl), as well as interesting c [...]

    • Courtney says:

      Hawthorne, NathanielTales and SketchesIn compilation only.1) Preface2) Tanglewood Porch: Introductory to "The Gorgon's Head"3) The Gorgon's Head4) Tanglewood Porch: After the Story5) Shadow Brook: Introductory to "The Golden Touch"6) The Golden Touch7) Shadow Brook: After the Story8) Tanglewood Play-Room: Introductory to "The Paradise of Children"9) The Paradise of Children10) Tanglewood Play-Room: After the Story11) Tanglewood Fireside: Introductory to "The Three Golden Apples"12) The Three Gol [...]

    • Logan says:

      These retellings of classic myths by Hawthorne didn't quite do it for us. We liked it at first, but then I realized I wasn't too keen on Hawthorne's changes to the myths and even though Logan reads many older books (e.g E Nesbit, Kenneth Grahame, C.S. Lewis) the language in these stories was tedious for him. Turn of the century works for us, but 1850's seems too archaic for this 6-year-old. We kept meaning to go back to it, but I think we were both avoiding it. So I am officially abandoning it a [...]

    • Aryssa says:

      An adorable, fun read for kids and adults who love storytelling and Greek mythology!

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