Minotaurs on the Coffee Table!

As we enter into Ancient Greece our coffee table is piled with wonderful resources.  Many from the library, but quite a few from our own Prairiefrog collection.  This is one of my favorite cultures and time periods.  I have a dozen books on the shelves that didn’t make it to the coffee table this time through history, but will be wonderful when the children are a bit older.

To bring our history lessons to life, we are enjoying:
D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire’s
A treatment of mythology appropriate (in our opinion) for children.

Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad by Rosemary Sutcliff
Fantastic pictures, and a good rendering of the great epic!

Ancient Greece by Robert Nicholson
A beautiful and informative book from Veritas Press.  Really brings history to life!

Growing up in Ancient Greece by Amanda Purves
Greece from a child’s eye-view.  Many excellent photos of artifacts.

The Ancient Greek World by Jennifer T. Roberts & Tracy Barrett
Slightly textbook-y, but very well done, with interesting asides and pictures.  This book could be a study alone.

The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War (A Step into Reading Book) by Emily Little
An easy “chapter book” for young readers.

The Trojan Horse retold by Catherine Storr
Pictures and story made this one of the first that my daughters picked up.

Usborne Beginners Ancient Greeks by Stephanie Turnbull
Vivid pictures with brief informational captions make this very accessible for a beginning reader.

Little Bitty Baby Learns Greek by Johannah Bluedorn
Linguistic focus, rather than historic!  Keegan (18 months) adores this book, and the big girls and even I enjoy it.  A lovely way to learn the Greek alphabet.

Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
A fantastic resource for a variety of ages.  Not too overwhelming for even my 4 and 6 year olds to glean from, but interesting and educational through adulthood.

Lysis Goes to the Play by Caroline Dale Snedeker
Kaira (age 6) will be alternating chapters between reading aloud to me, and reading on her own then narrating a chapter summary back.  Short chapters and large print are friendly to young readers.

Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld
I haven’t preread this yet and intend to tonight.   It looks like a fun, zany glimpse into the culture through fiction.

The Minotaur of Knossos (A Journey Through Time Book) by Roberta Angeletti
In this delightful picture book a modern boy falls asleep over his studies and finds himself in the palace at Knossos.  Fictional and quite silly, but fun.

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky
A wonderful picture book about Eratosthenes.

Kids in Ancient Greece (Kids through History Series) by Lisa Wroble
Shares glimpses of houses, clothing, food, toys, games, religion, and family/social life.

The Ancient Greeks (History Opens Windows series) by Pat Taylor
Another picture filled book, bringing summaries of history into the grasp of a child.


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