Blog for the international research project "Our Mythical Childhood… The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges", financed by the ERC Consolidator Grant led by Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak, Faculty of "Artes Liberales" of the University of Warsaw. Team members: Prof. Susan Deacy and Steve K. Simons, University of Roehampton; Prof. Elizabeth Hale and Dr Miriam Riverlea, University of New England; Prof. Lisa Maurice and Dr Ayelet Peer, Bar-Ilan University; Prof. Daniel A. Nkemleke, Dr Divine Che Neba and Dr Eleanor A. Dasi, University of Yaoundé I; Dr Elżbieta Olechowska, Dr Hanna Paulouskaya, Dr Sonya Nevin, Dott. Edoardo Pecchini, Marta Pszczolińska, Angelina Gerus and the Project Officers: Magdalena Andersen, Maria Makarewicz, and Olga Strycharczyk from the Faculty of "Artes Liberales" UW.
CzuCzu publishing house (part of Bright Junior Media) offers many creative and educational materials for children. Their products are being produced in Poland under the special care of teachers and specialists. All the products are especially adapted for the specific age groups.
In 2011 CzuCzu produced the educational set of activity cards for children (age: 4-7), devoted to different legends and myths:
In the set children can find 25 activity cards (containing 50 different illustrations) and an erasable pen, so they can try to solve all the tasks as many time as they want. While playing, they will be able to learn (inter alia) about the famous myths and mythological monsters. On one of the illustrations below we can see the task related to the Minotaur’s Labyrinth:
This time we would like to present you our recent discovery – the “Atlas of Monsters and Ghosts” [“Atlante dei mostri e dei fantasmi più spaventosi”, first published in 2018], created by Italian author Federica Magrin, with illustrations prepared by Spanish illustrator – Laura Brenlla:
The author takes young readers on a world-wide tour, presenting them numerous magical and haunted places, where they can meet mysterious creatures and mythical monsters.
In the book we can find a special section devoted to Classical Mythology, where children can get to know some famous ancient characters, such as (inter alia): a Siren, Kirke, a Centaur and the Cyclops:
Federica Magrin & Laura Brenlla work often together, creating many interesting books for children, see for example “Discovering the Ancient Egyptians – Playing with History”:
Also in October 2019 their new book entitled “The Great Book of Mythology” will be published:
Strefa Psotnika (Polish blog about children’s and young adults’ literature) about “Atlas of Monsters and Ghosts” – link