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Monday 23 March 2020

Review: Myths, Legends & Sacred Stories: a children's encyclopedia

Myths, Legends & Sacred Stories is a children’s encyclopaedia rich in educational and cultural content. It contains stories passed down by word of mouth beginning with those from Europe.

The first section encompasses the mythological creation of the Universe, myths, legends and fables of heroes and gods of Europe, with all the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece that you could hope to read about. It goes on to include sections on Asia, Africa, The Americas and Oceania.

In the section on Oceania, sacred stories are collected from Australia and the Pacific Islands. The Aboriginal Dreamtime, The Rainbow Serpent and ancient paintings are majestically depicted.

The magical and supernatural from all over the world; good and bad heroes, heroines and tricksters are presented with in-depth coverage, accompanied by photographs from extensive sources. For those interested, these are acknowledged in the three pages at the end.

The sections are separated by coloured markers so that readers can turn to and return to, or dip into for their favourite entries.

The stunning images will draw children to page after page of incredible information. Supported by the vast array of research from countries all over the world, I was impressed by the amount of content that this book offers. A generous Glossary and Index is included.

 This book of knowledge comes highly recommended. DK has a reputation for outstanding publications for children. In my opinion, they lead the field.

Title: Myths, Legends & Sacred Stories: A Children’s Encyclopaedia
Author: Phillip Wilkinson
Illustrator: Surbhi Bahl, Mohd Zishan
Publisher: DK, $39.99
Publication Date: November 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780241296929
For ages: 10+
Type: Myths and Legends Encyclopedia