The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold

The Beautiful Stories of Life Six Greek Myths Retold Newbery Medal winner Cynthia Rylant retells her favorite stories from Greek mythology breathing fresh life into the tales of Pandora Persephone Orpheus Pygmalion Narcissus and Psyche The writing

  • Title: The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold
  • Author: Cynthia Rylant Carson Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780152061845
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Newbery Medal winner Cynthia Rylant retells her favorite stories from Greek mythology, breathing fresh life into the tales of Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus, and Psyche The writing is lyrical and understated, a perfect tone for stories that introduce young readers to themes of love and loss, pride and forgiveness Carson Ellis s elegant black and whiteNewbery Medal winner Cynthia Rylant retells her favorite stories from Greek mythology, breathing fresh life into the tales of Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus, and Psyche The writing is lyrical and understated, a perfect tone for stories that introduce young readers to themes of love and loss, pride and forgiveness Carson Ellis s elegant black and white illustrations lend an aura of beauty and mystery.

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    About “Cynthia Rylant Carson Ellis

    • Cynthia Rylant Carson Ellis

      An author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children and young adults as well as an author and author illustrator of picture books for children, Cynthia Rylant is recognized as a gifted writer who has contributed memorably to several genres of juvenile literature A prolific author who often bases her works on her own background, especially on her childhood in the West Virginia mountains, she is the creator of contemporary novels and historical fiction for young adults, middle grade fiction and fantasy, lyrical prose poems, beginning readers, collections of short stories, volumes of poetry and verse, books of prayers and blessings, two autobiographies, and a biography of three well known children s writers several volumes of the author s fiction and picture books are published in series, including the popular Henry and Mudge easy readers about a small boy and his very large dog.Rylant is perhaps most well known as a novelist Characteristically, she portrays introspective, compassionate young people who live in rural settings or in small towns and who tend to be set apart from their peers from bookrags



    818 thoughts on “The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold

    • If the ' translation of 2 stars is 'this is OK' then I cannot give this collection any higher a rating. It is worth pointing out this is a children's book where the author puts in her own words 6 Ancient Greek myths - these are not retellings or adaptations. I am entirely on board with this concept, I love mythology and it was children's books that got me into it in the first place (I am now a PhD student conducting research in this field). I think accessibility and enjoyability is really import [...]


    • Reviewed for THC ReviewsBecause of an adult fiction series I've been reading that is based on Greek mythology, I've recently rediscovered an interest in these myths, so when I saw The Beautiful Stories of Life on the featured shelf at the library, I decided to pick it up. It turned out to be a nice way to refresh my memory on the stories of Pandora, Persephone, Narcissus and Psyche, and I believe, get my first introduction to Orpheus and Pygmalion, as I recognized their names but don't recall re [...]


    • This is a visually pretty and literally straightforward interpretation of 6 Greek Myths. I appreciated those two features the most. IMO, these stories are better without too many rambling details attached. The author craftily lays out the modern day meaning of the stories without being obvious. I would recommend as a palate cleanser for time in between books.


    • The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths Retold by Cynthia Rylant. Illus. by Carson Ellis. Harcourt, 2009. 71 pp. ISBN:978-0-15-206184-5 $16.00 5th-8th gradeRylant, a prolific, award winning writer, has succeeded once again in creating a work of art. In this collection she retells six Greek myths: Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus and Psyche. Although they could be read separately, reading the stories in order feels like a gentle, flowing river. No prior knowledge of Greek [...]


    • The thing is, this is the kind of book I usually really get into. The illustrations add very little, being scattered through the book )one per story), but they are nice and detailed pencil drawings. The short 9-20 page retellings of six carefully chosen stories is a great way to introduce people to the myths. They are told in a way that (I think) acknowledges both the history behind the story AND the person of the new storyteller. Rylant has her own very Rylant-y angle to these myths (although s [...]


    • Book 49 Bibliographic Citation:Rylant, C. (2009). The beautiful stories of life: Six Greek myths, retold. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.Age/Grade Level: (Ages 10–14, Grades 5—8)Summary:What happens when Pandora opens the mysterious box? When Persephone is kidnapped? And when Pygmalion falls in love with a statue? Six class myths offering life stories of love, pride, courage, and hope are shared in this retelling by award-winning author Cynthia Rylant.Awards/Reviewing Sources:Horn Boo [...]


    • This is a short collection of six Greek myths by Cynthia Rylant. We have been enchanted by Greek mythology recently, reading everything we can get our hands on. Our girls are particularly fascinated by the Goddess Girls and the Myth-O-Mania series right now and we are reading through these books quickly. We were fascinated with these tales, which are more traditional (though not entirely accurate) renditions of the classic stories. What never ceases to amaze me are the coincidences in my reading [...]


    • This retelling of six Greek myths is a mixed bag. On the one hand, you have quotes that outright offended me, such as, "And beautiful Pandora loved Epimetheus in return. Of course she would. She was the essence of femininity, and she instinctively gave her heart and soul to her husband. With her beauty, she pleased him. With her intelligence, she understood him. With her cleverness, she delighted him." On the other hand, some of the writing is gorgeous in its simplicity: "Life loves the truth. I [...]




    • I loved the cover. I don't find all these stories beautiful however. I wasn't able to read all of them word for word but skimmed through all of them except Pygmalion which I read word for word. I think the Greeks were a little confused sometimes, but there are principles to be learned for each story I believe.71 pages


    • I thought this book was good because I like myth stories. The reading age would probably be 4th grade and up. The stories are Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus, and Psyche. All of those story names are actually names of people. What will the people do in these stories? Read the book to find out!!!!!




    • I think if you are someone who fondly leafed through D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths as a child, this sweet little volume will make for nostalgic bedtime reading. Or sunning yourself in the backyard reading, as I did this afternoon. The illustrations are lovely.


    • CSULB 545 Class 3: Myth - Pandora Rylant, Cynthia. “Pandora.” The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold. Illus. Carson Ellis. New York: Harcourt, 2009.[May contain spoilers]Target Audience: grades 1 - 9 [This is a vast age range; but merited. I read this to my seven-year-old and four-year-old neices, and is is used in our freshman mythology units]Curriculum ties: Mythology units; transgressor units (i.e. Frankenstein)The story of Pandora is the story of a transgressor, one who g [...]


    • I picked this picture book up from the library because it was one of the only books on Greek myth. I really enjoyed Rylant's writing-style. Instead of focusing on the plot of each myth, she also reflects on the message in each tale; each story begins with a reflection about human nature which will be exemplified in the following pages. This continued throughout the story. I think it added a "story-teller" tone which many young readers (and this older reader!) can enjoy.The selection of myths for [...]


    • Newbery Medalist author Cynthia Rylant brings the great Greek Mythology tales to life once more in //The Beautiful Stories of Life//. Readers will be enthralled and charmed with the brief yet in-depth narrative of the lives of Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus and Psyche. A great introductory read for children if you’d like to give them a start in embracing classic world literature, mythology and fiction. I am certain that they will crave to learn more about Greek and Roman My [...]


    • A select of six Greek myths retold by Rylant: Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus, & Eros and Psyche.Listened to most of this on my drive home from Champaign and found the narrator fine and the retellings satisfactory. Rylant added some, let's say, commentary into the stories. This focusing of key points* should be helpful for junior high or high school students.I'm not sure why it's so short. Only 6 tales show up on the CD or in the book. Twice that or more would have made se [...]


    • Six myths are retold in this book; Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus and Psyche, the beautiful Greek myths are simplified to a form that talks down to the reader and does a disservice to the myths. Clearly the author hopes that this will make them more accessible but instead its rather jarring to read the sort of repetition that would feel more comfortable in a picture book in a almost chaptered book. A disappointing read from a book that held a great amount of possibility since [...]


    • This collection of six stories from Greek mythology all deal with the interactions between gods and mortals. They also all address the central theme of love. Rylant's elegant prose is accessible and pleasurable, as she shares familiar Greek stories for a modern audience. Children will be introduced to Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus and Psyche, with all their strengths and flaws. Rylant, a past Newbery Medal winner, is able to present these classic stories in a manner that a c [...]


    • Cynthia Rylant retells these six Greek myths in her usual clear, lyric style. Though they are short, the myths are not simple because Rylant includes her own interpretation of the meaning behind the stories. She begins the story of Narcissus, for example, with these words: "There are those who fall in love with someone or something and are destroyed by the experience. This often happens because of obsession, of being consumed by a longing that is deadly to both the body and the soul." Of Orpheus [...]


    • This was very short (1disk) audio that I picked up at the library. The myths are told in their classic form and is a good overview for anyone loving Percy Jackson right now. My favorite story is Persephone. I love the imagery of her mother being so lonesome during the part of the year that her daughter has to spend in the underworld with Hades, that the whole world becomes cold, colorless and silent. But when Persephone comes back each spring color and happiness and warmth return to the earth.


    • Put cultural stories high on my list--I love them! I also love the stories of myths and fables in particular, because of their timelessness and for their insight and even more for the honor they give to oral storytelling. These retellings gave more than other retellings I have read--felt the characters were more vivid, along with the connections between each other. Great for any ancient civilization class or language arts classI can already see the modern times lesson being formed in my mind. :- [...]


    • Easy to read myths perfect for grades 3-6 (or anyone needing a refresher in myths) with illustrations to go along with each story. The stories of Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus and Psyche are all recounted so likely most of these are myths younger readers will be introduced to for the first time. My major criticism of the book is that Persephone is referred to as a "mortal" with only Demeter as her goddess mother; in most Greek mythology references, she is the daughter of Dem [...]


    • Illustrations that seemed to be trying to copy D'Aulaires' style, yet couldn't even get simple body proportions right, distracted me from the tales, which I should have been moved by, but instead found them written in stunted sentences that did not flow, and even misused words. There also was a misogynistic bent to the stories that left a bad taste in my mouth. I did not find them beautiful, but rather trite and antiquated instead. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.


    • These ARE beautiful stories. Rylant makes the Greek myths come to life, exploring motivations and the oh-so human traits that make the gods so capricious. The story about Pandora, for example, contains these lines: "But Zeus was not only powerful. He was shrewd. He understood that true vengeance takes place quietly, intelligently, and with a plan." These stories made me slow down and reflect on the truths and absurdities we encounter every day. I will revisit this book again and again.


    • Rylant brings her simple, laid-back style of storytelling to the Greek myths of Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus, and Psyche in this slim collection. I can hardly wait to share this with my 6th grade World History teachers! Rylant chooses her words wisely and her slender works are often poetic. The same is true here where she presents the old tales in lean versions that will be ideal for filling short bits of time in classrooms.


    • I am really enjoying this a lot. I'm reading it with my 7 year old, and I am very surprised that he keeps asking to come back to it. It's a lovely read-aloud, and although it's written above his comprehension level, it seems to be written in a way that he can understand it. Feels a little like magic.I have very little experience with mythology, so I'm really enjoying the stories as well. Beautifully illustrated.


    • While I can see this as a good introduction of Greek myths for children, I can't see what else this retelling brings to the table. Nothing in particular stands out really stands out, the author got quite a few minute details wrong that change the entire story (e.g Persephone being a mortal) and it felt rather modern in the gender roles it portrayed. All these women seemed to live for their husbands and absolutely nothing else, and that was portrayed as a good thing.


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