Young Zeus Picture Book for Kids is Perfect Introduction to Greek Mythology
I am a self-confessed mythology geek so I am always touting the Percy Jackson series as Harry Potter Meets Greek Mythology and getting kids to try out this series. But my five-year-old was a little left out; The Lightning Thief was too scary for him so he saw a different movie that day. But now things are looking up for him. Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas bridges the gap so perfectly between Greek Mythology and Percy Jackson in this wonderful and mythologically accurate picture book. Karas tells the story of Zeus as a youngster and how he became the King of Gods minus some gory details.
This book is now the new favorite bedtime story and G. Brian Karas softens the gory details while still keeping the story accurate and age-appropriate. While some book critics suggest that this book is appropriate for grades 1-4, my preschooler is loving this book so I am going to go a bit younger. The nice thing is that this book covers many of the characters that I was not even that familiar within such as the Hundred Handed Ones the Percy Jackson series so when your young one gets a bit older, she or he will be able to segue nicely into the series. And from there, maybe even the National Mythology Exam?!
[picture book, for ages 5-10]
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