Great (Greeks) for character building! by BillBahr []
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Greek tales for tiny tots,

by John Raymond Crawford

  Print book : Juvenile audience

Great (Greeks) for character building!   (2019-02-10)


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by BillBahr

This is a delightful book that, unfortunately, is out of print and hard to find.  I became aware of it as General Stanley McChrystal mentioned it prominently and favorably in his book “Leaders:  Myth and Reality.”  The book is a gem, covering 25 ancient mythic hero stories, by my count, 24 Greek and 1 Roman (Romulus and Remus).  Along with each story is its graphic rendition, usually in 4-6 panels.  The stories themselves are rather whimsical renditions of their classic originals, and likely need a somewhat literate (or handy with a dictionary) adult to read to the “tiny tots” at heart.  Examples:   Pygmalion works on a statue of a “beautiful young lady with plump-up cheeks and a retroussé [turned-up] nose.”  Bellerophon kills the “wild and anthropophagous [flesh-eating] old dragon, called the Chimaera.”  Regardless, almost everyone will enjoy the several witty nuggets inserted into every story:  eg, the book’s version of Perseus’ story ends with his giving Andromeda a five-pound box of chocolates every morning for breakfast. 

Originally published in 1929, the book will hopefully one day see new life in either a new edition or moving into the public domain.  BTW, in the meantime, if one is looking for heroes and examples for character-building, I might suggest one of my own books:  "George Washington's Liberty Key: Mount Vernon's Bastille Key – the Mystery and Magic of Its Body, Mind, and Soul"

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