Children’s Book Review & Giveaway of Crib & The Labours of Hercules
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Getting children interested in world history can be difficult. I remember sitting bored out of my skull in many a history lesson, but there were times it fascinated me.
Reading Anne Frank, and spending an RE lesson learning about Martin Luther King are fond memories for me.
My son is eight and during lockdown we were asked to about Ancient Greece by his teacher. It was hard to get him to engage with any of the work they offered, as if it’s not maths or science he’s not that interested!
So I had to think outside the box. He loves to read, and will get through a novel in two or three days. I found this great fiction book which features the Hercules story in a modern day scenario.
Crib and the Labours of Hercules, by Gerald Vinestock, is a heroic children’s book which involves a 10-year-old girl in current day Greece. She tries to save her country from various things, and the story parallels the adventures of Hercules.
I love that the main character is a young girl, and that she’s depicted as strong and brave. We need more of these gender equality messages in children’s books!
This book helped my son to engage with the Ancient Greece topic, because once he read it I was able to talk about other Greek myths and we began exploring them. He even created a Palace and Labyrinth for King Minos and the Minotaur on Minecraft (see our videos here).
I’m giving away two copies of this book, so to be in with a chance of winning one, please complete the form below.
Entrants must live in the UK and be over 18 years old.
Winners will be emailed for their postal addresses in order to send the prize. No contact details will be stored once the giveaway is finished.
Giveaway closes 26 August 2020.