Gifts from the Gods

Ancient Words and Wisdom from Greek and Roman Mythology

By LUNGE-LARSEN, Lise

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ISBN
978-0-54715-229-5
Publisher
Houghton Harcourt


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2011  |  Grades 5-up

Gr 3–7—Mythology meets etymology in this handsome collection that introduces words derived from the gods, goddesses, and humans featured in Greek and Roman tales. From "Achilles' Heel" to "Victory," 17 terms are presented along with the stories of the characters that inspired their origins. Each section begins with a page containing a definition and a quote from a well-known children's book that makes lively use of the featured word, all attractively bordered by a thematic frieze (round eyeballs for "Hy...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on October 1, 2011

From Achilles' heel to victory, Lunge-Larsen explores how words have been derived from myths. Each several-page, alphabetically ordered entry begins with a definition of a modern English word plus a quote that incorporates it, from R. L. Stevenson and H. C. Andersen to James Marshall, Beverly Cleary, and Lemony Snicket ("The children were alone with their nemesis, a word which here means, ‘The worst enemy you could imagi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2011

From <i>Achilles' heel</i> to <i>victory</i>, Lunge-Larsen explores how words have been derived from myths. Each entry begins with a definition plus a quot...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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