The God Beneath the Sea

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1970

The God Beneath the Sea

by Leon Garfield and Edward Blishen

illustrated by Charles Keeping

Age: 12+

Interests: Greek myths More

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The White Stag

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1938

The White Stag

by Kate Seredy

Age: 8+

Interests: mythology, war, history, folktales, magic, pagan religion
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Black Ships Before Troy

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER -1993

Black Ships Before Troy

Rosemary Sutcliff, text

Alan Lee, illustrations

Frances Lincoln Limited: 1993

125 pages, 19 chapters

Age: 8+ (read to) ; 10+ (independent reading)

Interests: Greek history and mythology, war, romance, ethical dilemmas

Next: Sutcliffe’s The Wanderings of Odysseus, D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

Also by this author: many historical fiction novels for young people, including The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles (3 books about the Romans in Britain, including Carnegie winner The Lantern Bearers), Warrior Scarlet (about life in the Bronze Age), Tristan and Iseult, The Shining Company (medieval Britain)

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Fantasia (1940)

Fantasia (film)

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Released: 1940

Rated: G

Length: 120 – 124 min. (varies depending on what version you have)

Age: some parts 3+, others 5+ (see below)  Commonsense Media sez: 6 +

Scary Factor: Mickey attacks renegade broom with an axe and savagely chops it to bits; battle to the death between two dinosaurs; a gigantic devil rises over a mountain commanding a host of demons, the dead rise from their graves

Also: some modest (dare I say artful) nudity among fairies and mythological creatures; much wine drunk by very tipsy god Bacchus

Interests: classical music, fairies, mythology, dinosaurs, ballet

Next: the movie Fantasia 2000; live symphony concerts for children; Nutcracker ballet live or movie version
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D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

New York Review Children’s Collection, 1967

155 pp.

age: 7

interests: mythology, magic, Scandinavia, Norse myths, gods, monsters, dragons, creation myths, war

also by these author/illustrators: Foxy, d’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, d’Aulaires’ Book of Trolls, Abraham Lincoln

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Arrow to the Sun

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1975

Arrow to the Sun

Gerald McDermott, author and illustrator

New York: Viking Press, 1974

36 pp

ages 4+ (for the story, though artwork will interest even younger children)

Interests: Aztec folklore, art, indigenous art, Mexico/Central America, myths

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