Flowers in Greek Mythology

Children - Mythology/Fairy Tale
40 Pages
Reviewed on 11/22/2015
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Author Biography

Mary Black was born in Herakleion, the largest city in Crete. Her earliest literary influences came from the Greek fairytales she heard, and the works of the Brothers Grimm, Hans-Christian Andersen and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Later influences included Jules Verne, Honoré de Balzac, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Alexandros Papadiamantis, their works read in a home full of the music of Mozart, Gershwin and Manos Hadjidakis. Captain Nemo, the Young Prince, and Hansel and Gretel became her companions. They formed the material from which she drew her stories for children. Mary studied music and political science. For a number of years she wrote opinion articles for the local newspapers of Herakleion, and she began travelling to the places she describes in her stories. She is a member of various organizations and literary clubs in Greece and abroad. In recent years, she have also given lectures at elementary and secondary schools. She has written the series of four books Travels in time. The Time-machine Diaries are Travels in Time: Minoan Crete, Venetian Crete, The Battle of Crete and Alexander the Great. They have been translated in five languages for USA, Greek and German market and been awarded twice.
She has also written the books:
The Myths of Flowers
Gods and Myths
Magic Bible
Journey to the land of god Sun
Journey to Fairyland
The four seasons and the abduction of Persephone. Soon it will be ready the novel Games of Gods.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Flowers in Greek Mythology by Mary Black is a fascinating book that throws light on the association and significance of certain flowers in Greek mythology. It is not only informative but also educational and gives a peek into Greek mythology and the stories behind the naming of flowers. All the short references are interesting and reveal the connection of Greek mythology with the world in which we live. These flowers will remind everyone of the stories that lurk behind the petals and bring the Greek myths and legends alive whenever readers look at them.

The author does an excellent job of capturing the essence of Greek mythology and legends that have always fascinated readers. Aphrodite, Zephyr, Zeus, Olympian gods, Mount Olympus and much more will keep readers glued to the book to learn more about the origins of the flowers' names. The pictures lend their beauty and charm to the author's words, making the book more appealing and colorful. Books like this are quite interesting and tell readers a lot about the strong links the heroes of Greek legends had with nature.

It's well-written and the author reaches out to readers with ease. The style of writing is simple and elegant. I found the details about each flower in the book enchanting. The hidden stories give the flowers their own identity, individuality and significance. The colors and beauty of the flowers highlight the colorful nature and characters of the Greek legends nicely.