THE ORCHARD BOOK OF FIRST GREEK MYTHS is my biggest best-seller and it still selling very well coming up to ten years since publication.  There are versions in Italian, Greek, Korean and Brazilian Portuguese. In Britain it is has been adopted by many schools as their preferred text when doing Ancient Greece at KS1.

 

In 2006, six of the stories in the collection were  published as standalone books with simpler language for early readers. Jan Lewis also added new artwork, opening up the stories even further to include many details of life in the ancient world.

 

The result was FIRST GREEK MYTHS - THE SERIES.  The orginal six books were followed by another four in 2008, making it a complete collection of ten. You can buy these titles separately or as a set from various sites, shops and book clubs.

 

The series is also available in Brazil [published by Scipione], Greece [Patakis Press] and in Korea with audio cds in English.

 


PERSEUS AND THE MONSTEROUS MEDUSA

 

Perseus must bring the monster Medusa's head to his king.  But how can he succeed, when anyone who looks on Medusa's face is turned to stone?

 

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THE SECRET OF PANDORA'S BOX

 

Epimethues is happy when beautiful Pandora comes to live with him. But when she opens the special chest, the one the gods warned him not to touch, something terrible escapes...

 

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ICARUS, THE BOY WHO COULD FLY

 

Icasrus has wings made of wax and feathers, so flying too close to the sun will melt them.  But Icarus is determined to soar as high as the eagles, whatever the danger...

 

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JASON AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE

 

Jason goes to find the Golden Fleece so he can get the throne back from his wicked uncle. But first he must brave evil skeletons and get past a terrible serpent...

 

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ODYSSEUS AND THE WOODEN HORSE

 

The soldiers of Greece fight for many years to get into the city of Troy, without success. Then Odysseus, a brave and clever Greek soldier, comes up with a cunning plan!

 

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THESEUS AND THE MAN-EATING MONSTER

 

Every year the king of Athens has to send some people to evil King Minos for his man-eating monster.  His brave son Theseus wants to stop it - but will he succeed?

 

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ARACHNE, THE SPIDER WOMAN

 

Arachne is always boasting that her weaving is better than the goddess Athena's. So Athena comes up with a clever way of teaching Arachne a lesson.

 

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PEGASUS THE FLYING HORSE

 

The king wants Bellerophon, the bravest man in the country, to kill a hideous monster that is scaring his people.  Bellorophon must use Pegasus, the flying horse, to help.

 

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ARION, THE DOLPHIN BOY

 

Arion is the greatest poet in the world. On his way home from a far-off land, sialors want to steal his treasure and leave him to drown. Who will save him?

 

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KING MIDAS'S GOLDFINGERS

 

King Midas's greatest wish is for everything he touches to turn to gold. But once this wish is granted, Midas realises he will never be able to hug his little princess again. What will he do?

 

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