The Lightning Thief (Book)

22Feb10

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the adventures of Percy Jackson. The fusion of Greek mythology into the modern world creates a highly engaging and innovate story young readers. Being very familiar with Greek mythology, I wondered if this story might be less entertaining to someone without a background on the Greek Gods and their ancient antics.

Apparently, the publishers also picked up on this as a potential sales tactic and created “The Ultimate Guide” to all things Percy. This is a resource to help students navigate the integration of the mythology of the books by providing the back stories.

On the other hand, I can see that some students without a background in mythology could still be motivated to do their own research and learn more about the stories and characters behind the myths. Researching skills are essential and anything that encourages students to hone such skills for their own purposes and aims is awesome!

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2 Responses to “The Lightning Thief (Book)”

  1. 1 leslie

    It’s interesting how I see more of the “business” side of publishing (and motion pictures, for that matter). I, too, have background knowledge of Greek mythology, and found myself brushing up on details of the myths by researching while reading. This “Ultimate Guide” is like a one-stop-shop for useful information about the gods, goddesses, and heros referenced in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This Guide is still providing the students with the ability to do research and gain more insight, it’s just in one nice little package!

  2. 2 Amy Moser

    The Percy Jackson guide is quite the hit this month in the Scholastic Book order for March; when discussing it with my 4th grader last week, and what a great deal the entire set books 1-4 and the guide would be, more seemed to be interested in purchasing the nonfiction text about Greeks and Myths. It is interesting how one book can spark interest in researching and reading more about a particular subject. They are questioning and seeking information, all on their own – I guess I must be doing something right in my guidance as their reading teacher!!


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