Just Imagine

Magical Myths and Legends

Authored by Chosen by Michael Morpurgo
Published by Oxford University Press

Exciting international collection of myths and legends

Brightly illustrated, hard back book with a great selection of stories that have been handed down over the generations. The collection includes legends from around the world such as Mulan, Icarus, Hercules and Thor and some closer to home: Robin Hood, Gawain and the Green Knight (an Arthurian tale) and Finn MacCool & the Giant’s Causeway.

There are large colour pictures on every page of this book and every story has a brief introduction written by Murporgo which asks a few questions to whet your appetite and gives background information on its origin. I recognise some of the pictures and content from the OUP book banded collections, which many of my pupils have enjoyed reading over the years.

I think it is vital that all primary school children are exposed to myths and legends and this book serves as a perfect introduction. The stories range in length and difficulty, making them suitable for across the primary age range from 7 years upwards. Extracts could be used for guided reading lessons, and stories could be selected for topics such as the Ancient Greeks.