Thursday, August 09, 2007


When I was a kid Ms. Milks read D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths out loud to our class. I was completely captivated and must have read that book 100 times after that. I have been wanting to get it for Evie and finally saw it at a used book store for only $8. She has been carrying it everywhere and delving in every spare moment she has. Myths are such powerful stories, especially for kids who are figuring out their own explanations about the world. It is comforting, in a way, that people all over the world, for all time have written stories to explain the unknown. The archetypes of myth are universal and the characters are so "bigger than life" that kids pick up on the similarities and it seems to always be a "lightbulb" moment.

We have also been deeply into the Ramayana and a dear friend recently gave Evie two comic books of other classic Indian stories with the promise that she could also borrow any others from her collection. It is so cool to hear Evie make comparisons and comments about the two myth traditions. Maybe Buddhist or Hindu stories will be her"D'Aulaire's."

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