Nordic Gods and Heroes by Padraic Colum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I talked our school district into ordering this book for my Mythology class. I certainly haven’t regretted it. We spend the second quarter of the semester class studying Norse mythology. This book is very accessible, even to the students who are dumped into the elective class just because there’s nowhere else to put them. The myths are told in short story format, using simple but poetic language. Sure, the names throw the kids, but otherwise my high schoolers have no trouble with it.
They definitely are relieved to read this after nine weeks with Edith Hamilton’s dry old Mythology book about the Greco-Roman gods!
I highly recommend this book as a classroom text, or as just a very good primer on Norse mythology.
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