Make a Rainbow Myth Window Hanging

Make a Rainbow Myth Window Hanging

In the Bible, God creates the rainbow as a symbol of his promise never to send another flood to destroy mankind. For the ancient Greeks, the rainbow was the goddess Iris. She carried messages from Earth to the heavens. The Norse believed that a rainbow bridge connected Middle Earth with Asgard, the home of the gods. In Japan, the rainbow was considered the Floating Bridge of Heaven. In Australia, the Aborigines tell stories about the Rainbow Serpent who creates the...
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Make Your Own Gordian Knot

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

From The Silk Road

One legend says Alexander conquered Asia by solving the puzzle of the Gordian Knot. According to a prophecy, whoever untied this endless knot would rule the continent. Alexander took the direct approach—he cut the knot open with his sword. Today, a “Gordian knot” means an unsolvable problem. No one knows exactly what the Gordian Knot looked like. But you can make a knot called a Turk’s Head appear “endless” by joining the ends after it’s...

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Make a Culture Collage

Make a Culture Collage

From The Renaissance Thinkers

We use the term Renaissance to define the years in Europe from the 1300s through the 1600s. Is there one word or phrase that defines the era we live in right now? Let’s make a Culture Collage and see if we can find one.

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Try Styrofoam Printing

Try Styrofoam Printing

From The Renaissance Inventors

Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press during the Renaissance. Before this invention, books were made by hand. The text was copied word by word. The printing press made the creation and distribution of books much easier, so more people could have access to books and read them. In this activity, you’ll try your own method of printing.

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The Human Body in Art

The Human Body in Art

From The Renaissance Artists

Leonardo was one of several Renaissance artists who dissected human corpses. Why did they do that? To better understand the form and function of the human body, which they believed was created in the image of God. To them, the human body—inside and out—was a work of wonder.

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Reviews

Calliope Magazine
“Another in the well-done ‘Build It Yourself' Series. Sidebars, eye-catching illustrations, and explanatory text accompany the hands-on activities that will take you on a world-wide adventure you won't forget.”

Wired Magazine
“World Myths and Legends can quickly become a favorite due to it being about some of the most exciting and fantastical stories in existence. I've had this book for several weeks and we're not even 25% into completing the crafts . . . I haven't seen my nine year old excited about a book like this for a while.”

Charlotte Library
“Although this book might sound like a fairly ordinary craft book, it is much more--it is also an excellent introduction to the cultures and myths of a diverse selection of peoples, and one I highly recommend to home-schoolers in particular . . . The projects themselves are extremely varied, and go beyond simple craft-ness. For instance, one activity for the Greek section is to use Euclidian geometry to make an equilateral triangle--fun with compasses! The point is that these are rather cool projects, such as I have never seen elsewhere.”

Robert A. Segal, Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen, author of Myth: A Very Short Introduction.
“This book is a terrific introduction for children to the subject of myths and legends. I cannot imagine a work that would more readily win the interest of children in the subject.”

Detailed Book Description

World Myths and Legends retells tales from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. From the Greek myths to ancient epics like Gilgamesh and the trickster tales of Anansi the Spider, it helps readers think about why the same themes, characters, and events may show up in different parts of the globe.

All societies have their own myths and legends, but they're much more than just stories. Myths and legends tell us about a people's history, science, and cultural values-the things they knew, the things they believed, and the things they felt were important.

Along the way kids will also find lots of fun and interesting projects that let them experience the stories first-hand. World Myths and Legends unveils wonders of the ancient world as it takes readers on a fascinating adventure of mystery and imagination.

Available In:
Hardcover, $21.95
9781934670446
Paperback, $15.95
9781934670439
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: World History

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Map

Introduction

Chapter 1
What Are Myths and Legends?

Chapter 2
The Middle East

Chapter 3
Greece and Rome

Chapter 4
Northern Europe

Chapter 5
Sub-Saharan Africa

Chapter 6
India and China

Chapter 7
Japan and Australia

Chapter 8
Central and South America

Chapter 9
North America

Glossary
Resources
Index