Goddess Girls

My two girls (ages 8 and 7) have been devouring these books ever since we saw them at a Book Fair.

The Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams chronicles the adventures of four Greek Goddesses (Artemis, Athena, Aphrodite, and Persephone) while they are pre-teens at Mount Olympus Academy (MOA).  And of course, the “godboys” are fixtures as well (Ares, Apollo, Hephaestus, Hercules, Hades, Actaeon, Poseidon, etc.)

It goes through first crushes, being the new girl (Athena who didn’t know she was a goddess before), loyalty to friends, helping others, etc.

I like these books because they are true to the original Greek myths. For example, Persephone falls for Hades.  Well, in the Greek myth, Hades kidnaps Persephone and makes her live with him in the Underworld.  Artemis is Goddess of the Hunt so she’s proficient with a bow and arrow and keeps animals as pets (as she is also Goddess of Animals).  Aphrodite is the match-maker of the group, fittingly since she’s the Goddess of Love.

A temple is built in Ephesus for Artemis and does become one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (mentioned in Artemis the Brave or the Loyal–I can’t remember which).  So they are historically accurate as well as great reads.

These books intertwine social situations and ancient history and myths (with all your favorite mythical characters and creatures such as Hercules’ Tasks and Pygmalion).

Good, wholesome books sure to entertain as well as educate!

The Queen Who Couldn’t Bake Gingerbread

A great adaptation of a German folk tale by Dorothy Van Woerkom.  In this tale, a king seeks a queen but she must be able to bake gingerbread.  The king cannot find a queen who can bake gingerbread so he settles on a queen who is seeking a king who must be able to play the slide trombone (which the king can’t).  They agree to set aside these demands and marry anyways.

All is well until a fight ensues and each is mad at the other for not being able to cook gingerbread and play the slide trombone.  They go to separate parts of the castle, sulking.

Finally, each realizes they are not being very wise and kind and both in turn decide to teach themselves how to bake gingerbread and play the trombone.

I loved the lesson:  if you want something, do it yourself.  If you want gingerbread, learn to bake it.  If you want to play the trombone, learn to play it.

This is great for marriages as well.  You can’t count on your spouse doing something for you if you are the one who wants it done.  You gotta do it for yourself.

In the end, each are “never disappointed” from unrealistic expectations being put upon others.

This book is from 1975 which I got from the library so it may be hard to find in print.