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OLYMPIANS Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

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The power of Eros, given flesh at last in the form of Aphrodite, the goddess of Love, arises from the water. The sixth book of the Olympians Rule graphic novel series on Greek gods, Aphrodite, exudes beauty and some vanity, in this version. Fans of Greek mythology will enjoy watching Aphrodite’s influence upon men and gods alike by her beauty, as well as her attendants, grace, beauty and adornment. An Olympian Family Tree on the inside front cover, provides even the experienced myth lover, with a complex, detailed outline of who’s who in Greek mythology. Better yet, is the interactive chart of the Olympians on the author’s web site. The author’s notes, discussion guide, bibliography, recommended literature, and information on Eros, (the mischievous founding of love), add to the attraction of this book. It is a good introductory book to one of the Greek gods, for the fans of Percy Jackson and Greek mythology. O’Connor’s illustrations of faces are especially expressive, inferring great emotion and feeling beyond the words of the story. Though a challenging subject to draw, even the nude Aphrodite is tastefully drawn so this book remains suitable for an elementary audience. The www.olumpiansrule.com web site provides a host of teaching resources to accompany the first two books in this series. Hopefully, more will be added with time. This entire series is highly recommended for all elementary through senior high libraries. To date, others books in this series include; Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon. Some are better written than others, depending upon the stories associated with each god or goddess.

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