Mythology of the World is a superb guide to the history of mythology in many different countries. From the ancient Greeks to the Aztecs, people across the world have created a rich tapestry of stories, characters and beliefs to explain the mysteries of creation, and the forces of nature and death. Mythology of the World examines ancient and contemporary cultures, and explores their unique myths and legends. Engrossing re-tellings of some of the myths add another element to this fascinating book. The highly visual approach - using beautiful photographs and detailed illustrations from renowned artist Nikki Palin - carries every myth across centuries to today's reader.
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Neil Philip is a writer and folklorist with a particular interest in mythology and storytelling. After studying English at Oxford, he took his Ph.D at the University of London with a thesis on myth and folklore in children's literature. His first book was a critical study of the children's writer Alan Garner (A Fine Anger, 1981), and this has been followed by works of social history, scholarly studies of the folktale, poetry anthologies and original poetry. He is the author of numerous books for children, including the novel The Tale of Sir Gawain (1987), many collections of folk and fairy tales, such as The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault (1993) and Celtic Fairy Tales (1999), and a survey of fairy lore, The Little People (2002). While he was at school, his headmaster told his parents "Neil is myth mad", and this 'madness' has manifested itself in a string of books on world mythology. His mythology titles include The Adventures of Odysseus (1996), Odin's Family: Myths of the Vikings (1996), Eyewitness Mythology (1999), Myths and Legends, and The Great Mystery: Myths of Native America (2001). Neil Philip has also published a great number of reviews, essays and articles, and written for stage, screen and radio. He is married and lives in the Cotswolds, England. The illustrator Nicki Palin has exhibited her artwork in Liverpool, Stratford and London. Her work has also been shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal. Nicki lives with her partner, dogs, chickens and budgies in Norfolk. She once shared her home with a Bronze Age sacrificial victim who was discovered in the garden.From School Library Journal:
Grade 9 Up–Not only is world myth a rich source of story and motifs, but familiarity with other cultures is a great goal for a shrinking globe. Philip's large-format compendium is beautifully designed and illustrated, combining colorful, well-selected photos, maps, and drawings. It begins with a dozen engaging pages on cultural, spiritual, functional, and other general aspects of myths. Geographically organized sections give most coverage to Europe and Asia, less to the Americas, and least to Africa and Australia/Oceania. These proportions are similar in Philip Wilkinson's Illustrated Dictionary of Mythology (DK, 1998) and Sheila Keenan's Gods, Goddesses, and Monsters (Scholastic, 2000), volumes with a comparable focus, layout, and scope. All three are attractive and reliable. There is remarkably little overlap in the illustrations. With four different type sizes, Philip's book spreads out its text over more pages. One main difference is that this collection tends to cover lesser-known myths, sometimes at the expense of the better known. Philip includes unusual myths, e.g., from indigenes in India, Malaysia, Japan, and Siberia, and touches occasionally on history and current events. Packing a lot into small type, Wilkinson's book is probably the best buy, though Philip's would be a wonderful complement to either one.–Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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Descrizione libro Kingfisher Books Ltd, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 075340964X
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