Athena Goddess of wisdom and war

Imogen Greenberg

Book - 2021

A fun, feminist take on the myth of Athena follows the adventures of the goddess of wisdom, war, and courage as she helps both gods and mortals alike.

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Children's Room j292.13/Greenberg Due Aug 16, 2022
Series
Tales of great goddesses.
Subjects
Genres
Graphic novels
Published
New York : Amulet Books 2021.
Language
English
Item Description
Chiefly illustrations.
Physical Description
91 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (page 89).
ISBN
9781419748592
1419748599
Main Author
Imogen Greenberg (author)
Other Authors
Isabel Greenberg (artist)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Highlighting young Athena as a girl striving to be taken seriously by male relatives and other goddesses, sisters Imogen and Isabel Greenberg (The Aztec Empire) adapt and connect several major tales of the goddess in this volume, creating a linear narrative. From the moment she emerges from the head of Zeus, armored and ready for battle, Athena involves herself in the lives of mortals. Whether becoming the patron of Athens, raising Erichthonius to one day become king, or advising and protecting heroes such as Perseus and Odysseus, Imogen Greenberg details Athena's adventures as guide to humankind and "the goddess behind all the stories." But even the goddess of wisdom makes missteps, and must learn when to give her assistance as well as the idea that others' strengths do not diminish her own. Isabel Greenberg's bold, angular art is well matched to the intended audience and conveys a positive, peppy tone, with light comedic elements (in a kind of comic visual epithet, for example, Poseidon is nearly always holding a fish). While an Odysseus section de-centers Athena to its detriment, outlines of each character and a relatively bloodless telling of mythology that skews slightly younger than the intended audience make this a good place for young myth-interested readers to begin. Ages 8–12. (June) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–5—Skipping the parts that may be less appropriate for younger audiences, the Greenberg sisters retell seven myths in which Athena played a significant role—beginning with Hephaestus smashing Zeus's head with a hammer to let her out, ending with select adventures from the Odyssey. In between, readers see her taking time off to raise foundling demigod Erichthonius, raging after losing a weaving competition with Arachne, helpfully counseling Perseus against Medusa, and serving as a clever advocate for Odysseus. The all-caps narrative is written in informal language ("Oh wow. What an honor!" stammers "cowardly" Paris when tasked with awarding the golden apple) and inserted between or within large, stylized single scenes or grouped panels depicting modishly posed, sharp-featured figures in tunics or ankle-length shifts. Athena is tan-skinned, and the other gods and goddesses are portrayed with various hues. Though George O'Connor's Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess presents her more forcefully and offers a more complete tally of her exploits, younger readers may find this uncomplicated version more consistently appealing, as she comes off as a strong-minded sort who makes mistakes but learns from them and stands forthrightly at the end in a goddess power trio with sister Aphrodite and proud stepmother Hera. VERDICT A lighthearted, if sanitized, character portrait that will draw elementary grade fans of Marcia Williams's ventures into classical history and mythology.—John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A fun, feminist take on the myth of Athena follows the adventures of the goddess of wisdom, war and courage as she helps both gods and mortals alike. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A fun, feminist take on the myth of Athena follows the adventures of the goddess of wisdom, war, and courage as she helps both gods and mortals alike.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A spunky, feminist take on the myth of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, war, and courage From the moment she sprung from Zeus’s head, Athena was extraordinary. Even though some doubted her as a young goddess, Athena never backed down from a fight. Poseidon wants to be the patron god of a nearby city? Well, so does Athena! And she’s going to outwit him and found Athens. Perseus doesn’t know how to defeat Medusa? No problem! Athena can give him the knowledge (and shield) he needs to take off her head. Odysseus is lost at sea, seemingly doomed? Not anymore! Athena can get him home. Follow the goddess of wisdom through her adventures with gods and mortals, discover the perils of crossing her, and see how she eventually learned to better understand and aid the human race.