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Ancient Myths, Legends and Superheroes

Authored by Dr Stephen Kershaw
Illustrated by Geradline Sy, Ana Seixas
Published by Oxford University Press

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Ancient Myths, Legends and Superheroes takes readers on a fascinating exploration of the stories that have shaped humanity’s understanding of the world and its origins.

Informative and well organised, it covers themes such as why they matter, to trickery, flood myths and finishing with tales and characters from the modern world. Through the clever inclusion of ‘Speak like a Mythologist’ sections, readers are not only introduced to the characters and plot intricacies but also familiarised with the specific terminology and language associated with the genre. The illustration and comic strip elements add a visually engaging dimension to the text, making the stories come alive on the pages.

This compact yet comprehensive book serves as an invaluable companion to help children discover the richness and diversity of mythological storytelling across civilisations.  It could be used to support information or legend writing in literacy. The truly global outlook would also be helpful in geography and history. Ideal for any KS1+ classroom library, it would be enjoyed in any reading for pleasure section. This little book is also part of a wider collection of Very Short Introduction for Curious Young Minds, so others in the set could also be explored.