Thunderbolt & Rainbow: A Look At Greek Mythology.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1981. A colorful look at the Greek Gods as they are placed in a modern setting. Interesting facts are given about each God or Goddess and the illustrations are superb. Prometheus is not represented but children love the book for its tongue in cheek look at the other Gods.
D’Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar Parin.
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths.
Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1962. A very popular book with children. The D’Aulaires have simply illustrated all of the major myths and tell them in a way true to the original narrative. I have seen this book really motivate students because they love the pictures and these modern retellings.
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths.
Toronte: Bantam Books, 1966. This book tells the story of each major character in a chapter or short story format. Not as true to the origins of the Prometheus myth as I would like but I think students will enjoy Evslin’s style. The material is at a junior high reading level.
Zeus: Lord of the Sky
. New York: Penguin Books, 1972. Prometheus does not appear in this book under a separate chapter though his story is told in The
Story of Io
. I think this retelling is very interesting for students and connects well to the play, Prometheus Bound.
Gods, Men & Monsters from the Greek Myths.
New York: Schocken Books, 1982. The retelling of the myths in this book are fairly standard though the illustrations are exceptional. Children will love these paintings as they are very colorful and dramatic. The illustration of Prometheus is spectacular.
Green, Roger Lancelyn.
Tales of the Greek Heroes.
New York: Penguin Books, 1958. Roger Green tells the myths in one long narrative that though broken into chapters tells the stories in an authentic manner. I think students will love the rich retellings in this book. Green handles Prometheus in a comprehensive style as he appears throughout the book. I think the telling of Heracles and his struggles is the best section of the book, though. Children will love it!
Kitzhaber, Albert R. and Malarkey, Stoddard, Editors.
Myths, Fables, and Folktales.
New York: Holt, Reinhart and . Winston, Inc. 1974. This is an excellent classroom textbook. The Greek myths written by Barbara Drake are simple to read yet rich in their telling. Students and teachers will both benefit from use of this text. Helpful study questions are provided at the end of each tale. These questions are thought-provoking and will add to the enjoyment of the myths. I think this book offered the finest retellings for young people of any of the sources I found.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
School Picture Set: Greek Mytholoy.
This small pocket book was produced by the Museum to highlight each of the major Greek Gods and Goddesses as they appear in the Met’s collection. This book is excellent and I only wish it were larger and more comprehensive.
Modern Knowledge Library.
New York: Warwick Press, 1979. A simple encyclopedic look at ancient Greece which I think children will like. There are good illustrations and many pictures. Facts are presented clearly, and there is a solid sectian on Greek theatre.