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Wonder Stories The Best Myths for Boys and Girls   By: (1875-1961)

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WONDER STORIES

THE BEST MYTHS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS

[Illustration: Iris crossing the Rainbow Bridge. Page 222 ]

WONDER STORIES

THE BEST MYTHS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS

BY CAROLYN SHERWIN BAILEY

Author: "For the Children's Hour," "For the Story Teller," "Stories Children Need," "Tell Me Another Story," "Stories of Great Adventures," etc.

WITH SIX PICTURES IN COLORS By CLARA M. BURD

1920

MILTON BRADLEY COMPANY SPRINGFIELD MASSACHUSETTS

COPYRIGHTED, 1920 BY MILTON BRADLEY COMPANY SPRINGFIELD, MASS.

All Rights Reserved

Bradley Quality Books for Children

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PAGE How the Myths Began 7

What Prometheus Did with a Bit of Clay 13

The Paradise of Children. Nathaniel Hawthorne 22

What Became of the Giants 33

How Vulcan Made the Best of Things 40

How Orion Found His Sight 48

The Wonders Venus Wrought 56

Where the Labyrinth Led 65

How Perseus Conquered the Sea 74

Pegasus, the Horse Who Could Fly 84

How Mars Lost a Battle 92

How Minerva Built a City 102

Cadmus, the Alphabet King 113

The Picture Minerva Wove 120

The Hero with a Fairy Godmother 126

The Pygmies. Nathaniel Hawthorne 136

The Horn of Plenty 148

The Wonder the Frogs Missed 154

When Phaeton's Chariot Ran Away 163

When Apollo was Herdsman 174

How Jupiter Granted a Wish 181

How Hyacinthus Became a Flower 189

How King Midas Lost His Ears 196

How Mercury Gave up his Tricks 205

A Little Errand Girl's New Dress 215

When Proserpine was Lost 224

The Ploughman who Brought Famine 234

The Bee Man of Arcadia 242

When Pomona Shared Her Apples 252

How Psyche Reached Mount Olympus 261

How Melampos Fed the Serpent 272

How a Huntress Became a Bear 281

The Adventure of Glaucus 287

The Winning of the Golden Fleece 297

Medea's Cauldron 304

How a Golden Apple Caused a War 311

How a Wooden Horse Won a War 322

The Cyclops. Alfred Church 329

HOW THE MYTHS BEGAN

Long ago, when our earth was more than two thousand years younger, there was a wonderful place called Mount Olympus at the top of the world that the ancients could see quite clearly with the eyes of hope and faith. It did not matter that the Greek and Roman people had never set foot on this mountain in the clouds. They knew it in story and reverenced the gods and goddesses who inhabited it.

In the days when the myths were told, Greece was a more beautiful country than any that is the result of civilization to day, because the national ideal of the Greeks was beauty and they expressed it in whatever they thought, or wrote, or made with their hands. No matter how far away from home the Greeks journeyed they remembered with pride and love their blue bays and seacoast, the fertile valleys and sheep pastures of Arcadia, the sacred grove of Delphi, those great days when their athletes met for games and races at Athens, and the wide plains of Olympia covered and rich with the most perfect temples and statues that the world has ever known. When the Greeks returned the most beloved sight that met their eyes was the flag of their nation flying at Corinth, or the towers of the old citadel that Cadmus had founded at Thebes... Continue reading book >>




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