Gods and goddesses of the ancient Norse

Leonard Everett Fisher

Book - 2001

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New York : Holiday House c2001.
1st ed
Item Description
Map on front endpapers.
Bibliographical references and genealogical table on back endpapers.
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
Main Author
Leonard Everett Fisher (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Ages 5-9. In this follow-up to Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Maya (2000) and Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt (1997), Fisher presents another winning family album of deities. Each spread offers a page of introductory text on one side and Fisher's bold, brightly painted portrait of the subject on the other. The simple text tells just enough to generate interest in each of the characters and to describe relationships among them, although some readers may find the text too brief. The striking cover of a fierce, one-eyed Viking is sure to draw browsers, while the layered worlds of gnomes, giants, humans, and gods will attract budding fantasy fans. A pronunciation guide, a Norse family tree, and a bibliography of adult books round out this title that will enliven mythology units with its rarely covered material. ((Reviewed March 1, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

As he did in Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Maya, Leonard Everett Fisher continues to explore mythology in Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Norse. Set against bold portraits, informative passages explain each of the 14 deity's place in the pantheon. Endpapers contain a map, bibliography, pronunciation guide and a Norse gods family tree. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2-4-Norse mythology-with its full-bodied mixture of lyricism and violence-is too often overlooked in collections for children. Fisher makes it accessible to this audience without forfeiting its complexity and drama. Using a fairly large format, he effectively blends full-page illustrations with a clearly written text to present snapshots of 15 gods and goddesses. Some may be familiar to young readers (Thor and Loki), but most will not. The art is highly stylized and appears to be done in either gouache or acrylics. Employing dynamic color combinations that are most often used in poster art, Fisher creates richly textured paintings that convey both the harshness (Loki being punished by dripping snake venom) and gracefulness (Heimdall guarding the rainbow bridge) of Norse mythology. The book includes a much-needed pronunciation guide, an introduction, a double-page visual of the organization of the Norse mythological world, and a Norse family tree. Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire's book D'Aulaires' Norse Gods and Giants (Doubleday, 1967) is mentioned in Fisher's bibliography and is a longer and more thorough survey for this same age group. Overall, Fisher's introduction may get kids excited about this culture's mythology.-Denise Anton Wright, Alliance Library System, Bloomington, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Fourteen gods and goddesses of the ancient Norse legends are examined in detail, including their accomplishments, their parentage, their deeds, and their powers and strengths.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Gives the history of fourteen of the principal gods and goddesses of the ancient Norse, explaining their powers, their duties, and their images.