“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Young Zeus. Written and illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Scholastic Press. c., 2010.
Reading Level: 570L
Synopsis: This is the story of Zeus’s childhood before he become ruler of Olympus and of all the other gods. When Zeus is young, he is sent to the island of Crete by his mother to protect him from his dad. From here, it follows Zeus’s adventures with monsters and battles until he becomes god of all gods.
Rationale for Classroom Use: Myths, such as this one, can be used in the classroom to compare the different versions. This story can be used for students interested in myths because it talks about the story before the story.
Common Core Connection: Traditional literature stories are great for talking about story structure because of the simple plots. This story would be great for discussing the who, what, where, when, why, and how using the key details in the text.