Revisiting my Childhood Copy of D’Aulaires’ BOOK OF GREEK MYTHS

Infrequently on KALLISTI and elsewhere, I have referred to a copy of D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths that I had when I was a toddler. This weekend, the book fell into my hands again.

It is, indeed, held together with duct tape.

A book's spine held together with duct tape. The duct tape is not working well at all.

… although the duct tape isn’t really working out, is it?

The book is truly in pieces. Here, the pieces have been set out across a table.

One of the things that confuses me is that the page for the Mousai — one of my favorite pages in the entire book when I was a young kid — has evidence of misbehavior with markers. Did I do this? Did one of my sisters? 😥 WHO?!

The Nine Mousai, an illustration in color. There's typed writing below. Someone has colored over something in green marker.

Ourania was the Muse featured in the movie Pegasus (as the narrator); she was the one I loved the most when I was a young girl. 🥰

Of course, the book itself ends like this — with a statement that the gods are all gone now.

The final pages of the book, which say the gods' time is no longer with us.

It always seemed to me a tragedy as a girl — how could the Muses fall silent? — and it complements the song in Don’t Eat the Pictures that Oscar sings about the broken statues when it comes to the messaging that was around when I was young.

Of course, my family would go into modern Neopaganism a few years later, so the statements on this page were ultimately very irrelevant. Despite my warm memories, it wouldn’t be the book I would give to a child. I’d rather have a well-illustrated book that treated the myths from an insider perspective.

Anyway. I hope you’ve enjoyed my mini-trip down nostalgia lane. 😂

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