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Book Title: Odin's Family|
The author of the book: Neil Philip
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Reader ratings: 4.4
Edition: Scholastic Inc.
Date of issue: September 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780531095317
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 34.34 MB
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I wondered what all the fuss was about Norse mythology after reading C.S. Lewis and Tolkein, who both loved and were heavily influenced by it, and this was a wonderful overview for a beginner like me. It's just right to read out loud to a lower grade schooler, or for an upper grade schooler or middle schooler to read on his/her own, and there are just enough colorful illustrations scattered throughout to enhance the storytelling without distracting from it.
Being such an infant in the study of Norse mythology, I don't feel qualified to grapple much with the content, or even Philip's treatment of it, except to say that his presentation was clear and interesting. I appreciated the "who's who" glossary at the end as well as the afterward what described the origins and sources for the mythology, and its continuing influence on the world today.
I was intrigued by some very startling similarities at certain points of the story to Judeo-Christian beliefs, but was similarly interested to notice that the bit about the origins of life in the universe seemed more like the Big Bang Theory than anything in the realm of Intelligent Design. Of course, most of the mythology didn't seem like anything I'd ever encountered before in religion or in philosophy, and I look forward to thinking through it all more in the future. I'll probably read Nordic Gods and Heroes next, which is also recommended in The Well-Trained Mind for logic stage students.
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Read information about the authorNeil Philip is a writer, folklorist and poet. He is married to the artist Emma Bradford, and lives in the Cotswolds, England. Neil loves words, poetry, and the art of storytelling in all its forms. Among his many books are A Fine Anger, Victorian Village Life, The Cinderella Story, The Penguin Book of English Folktales, Mythology (with Philip Wilkinson), The Great Mystery, War and the Pity of War, The New Oxford Book of Childrens Verse, The Tale of Sir Gawain, Horse Hooves & Chicken Feet, and The Adventures of Odysseus. Neil has contributed to numerous journals, including The Times, and Signal: Approaches to Childrens Books, and has also written for stage, screen, and radio. His work has won numerous awards and honours, including the Aesop Award of the American Folklore Society and the Literary Criticism Book Award of the Childrens Literature Association. Outside of the storied world, Neil is passionate about cats, art, music, France, food & wine, and friendship.
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