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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
Prometheus by Simon Spence is the latest addition to the Early Myths series. Spence has adapted the ancient Greek tales for a younger audience. Prometheus focuses primarily on Zeus and Prometheus and their ongoing struggles, which include Prometheus's creation of humans and the introduction of fire. The story of Pandora and the magic vase which holds all the worries and ills of the world is also told. Herakles the greatest Greek hero, Hephaestus the crafting god, and Hermes the messenger god are other characters that appear in Prometheus's story. The end of the book has some fascinating information and photos for adults about the earliest origins of these myths.
Prometheus by Simon Spence serves as a great introduction to this ancient Greek myth. Spence also has a website www.earlymyths.com that provides some interesting background and helpful pronunciation guides. The illustrations by Colm Lawton are integral to the story. They are based on ancient works of art, but they are thoroughly engaging for a young audience. As a former children's librarian, I would often have kids coming in to research Greek mythology. This series is one that I would have recommended often. I really appreciate that Spence has taken the time to create individual books for each character. The combination of a kid-friendly story with numerous color illustrations in a short book will entice kids. All kids should be familiar with Greek mythology. I would recommend that every school and public library purchase Prometheus and the rest of the titles in the Early Myths series.