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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

It’s a book written by a favorite author on a topic I enjoy. Of course I was going to read it! And maybe pass it on to the kids as well.

Published: 2017

Genre: mythology

Length: 283 pages of story, 297 pages with glossary

Setting: Mostly Midgard, before the start of history Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #34: Something For Everyone

I’ve got new books to add to all the reading lists this week. Let’s start with my books. Unbound Worlds had two posts about books to read from different decades, the 1980s and the 1990s. I pretty much want to read any series from the lists I haven’t read yet. For the 1980s, I’ve only read Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn (in fact, I happen to own the book). I have started the Belgariad series, starting with Pawn and Prophecy, by David Eddings. I think the same week I saw this post, my friend strongly recommended the book. I’ve read quite a few of the 1990s recommendations, although most of them I haven’t read in over a decade. We’ll see if I revisit any of them for my next reread challenge.

A book for me and Mr, Curiosity is Any Weir’s new book, Artemis. I loved The Martian so much, I’d pretty much read anything by him, but the Penguin Random House newsletter that brought the book to my attention described it as a heist story set on the moon. Yes please! By the way, if you follow that link before October 10th, you can be entered into a sweepstakes to win a bunch of books from NYC Comic Con, including this one.

And for Miss Adventure (but I’m pretty sure Mr. Curiosity and I would enjoy the books as well), I’ve got The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu, the first book in the Cronus Chronicles. This is a Greek mythology/Percy Jackson read-alike. With as much as we all enjoy the Percy Jackson series, another book full of Greek mythology is always a safe bet. A post on Lifehacker about how to get boys to read girls’ books brought this to my attention.

So, how do the books look to you? Anything else I should put on my reading list or share with my kids?

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The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

This is the second book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series that finally showed up from the library. The kids and I fought over who got to read it first. Miss Adventure and I ended up sharing, and losing each other’s bookmarks regularly in the process

Published: 2016

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Length: 459 pages

Setting: Asgard, Alfheim, Jutenheim, and Midgard, six weeks after the events of The Sword of Summer Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Native American Mythology

Every year we’ve homeschooled, the kids (and I!) have learned about some traditional mythology. We started with the basics (Greek and Roman) and have slowly been expanding into different pantheons. This year, I decided to stick close to home and do some Native American mythology. This involved reading different myths, and then writing up either about different deities (My. Curiosity used Godchecker.com as his starting point) or constellations (in Miss Adventure’s case). Since they had a different focus, each kid used a different book.

Mr. Curiosity mostly read from American Indian Myths and Legends, selected and edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz. This is a fat book (527 pages long) organized based on the subject of the myth (like creation myths or trickster myths) and then labeled based on which tribe told the story.

Miss Adventure, on the other hand, was all about Stars of the First People: Native American Star Myths and Constellations by Dorcas S. Miller. This was another adult-oriented book. In this case, it was organized based on region, then tribe, and then told the stories of different constellations and what those tribes saw in the sky or named different features (like the Milky Way or the Morning Star).

If you’re looking for something written for kids, try either The Woman Who Lived with Wolves: & Other Stories from the Tipi or The Boy & His Mud Horses: & Other Stories from the Tipi, both written and illustrated by Paul Goble. These are two-page versions of the myths, with illustrations on each page. He focuses on myths of Western tribes.

And those were the books we used this month. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers’ Weekly Wrap-Up

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The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Published: 2016

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 361 pages of text, 376 pages total

Setting: mostly around Camp Half-Blood, after the events in the Heroes of Olympus series.

Interest: It’s the first book in the Trials of Apollo series, Riordan’s latest series set in the Percy Jackson universe. The whole family reads all of Riordan’s books as soon as we can snag them from the library. Continue reading

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Norse Mythology Unit Study

We didn’t really read anything new this week. Instead, we finished up our study of Norse mythology. Every year, we pick a new world mythology to study. We’ve done the major ones (Greek and Roman) and now have to pick from many of the other world religions. This year was any easy choice – Rick Riordan had a new book out that covered Norse mythology. It’s set in the same world as Percy Jackson, which we have loved, so we knew we had to read the books. We got a great introduction to the bones of Norse mythology by reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer. We can’t wait until the next book comes out, but that won’t be until next year. There are many other YA and middle grade novels that utilize Norse mythology as the core to the story. I’d recommend reading Neil Gaiman’s Odd and the Frost Giants. Gaiman is a great storyteller, and this is no exception, as we follow Odd in a quest to get the Frost Giants out of Asgard so winter will finally end.

Once we got a taste of Norse mythology, I wanted the kids to read some of the Norse myths. Now, you can go right to the source and read the The Poetic Edda or The Prose Edda. I didn’t think the kids were quite up for that, so we read some of the myths, edited for children. There’s a lot less blood and violence in the children’s versions, but Norse mythology really isn’t ideal for the sensitive child. We found two different books of myths in the library, which had a slightly different collection of myths – Odin’s Family, edited by Neil Philip, and Favorite Norse Myths edited by Mary Pope Osborne.

Whenever we study a new mythology, all the new gods and goddesses get confusing. Norse mythology is even more confusing since there are nine worlds in which characters can live. To get more information on the different individuals in the pantheon, we used the website godchecker.com. This website has information on almost 30 different pantheons, so we’ll be making use of it in future unit studies as well. They don’t provide too much in-depth information about the different deities, but it’s an informative overview, usually written in a humorous style, that provides enough information for you to find out more if you want it.

Overall, we’ve enjoyed our study of the Norse deities. I’m thinking we might have to watch the first Thor movie as our end of the topic review and see how many of the deities the kids recognize from their studies.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Norse Mythology

We started a new topic this month – Norse mythology. Every year, we cover a different cultural mythology (including Hindu deities, Roman gods, and Greek gods). This year our choice of mythologies was easy to decide on. We chose Norse mythology to coincide with the new Rick Riordan book, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer.

There are lots of Norse myths to read, and many books that have retold those myths. The kids aren’t quite old enough to read the original Poetic and Prose Eddas, so I found a couple of books to use from the library. There are many options out there, but I chose Favorite Norse Myths as retold by Mary Pope Osborne, because I recognized the author. The myths in this book range from the creation of the nine worlds to a very tame version of Ragnorak. There is even an index explaining who all the main characters are at the end.

For more information on the occupants of the Nine Worlds, we picked up A Handbook of Norse Mythology by John Lindow. There’s a bit of introduction to the Norse themes, especially of time and space, but the majority of the book is devoted to explaining everyone from Aegir to Yngvi. Between these two books, we’ve had plenty of reading to do.

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