The Heroes: or Greek Fairy Tales for My Children
Large Print Edition
By Charles Kingsley
BiblioBazaar (2006), 134 pages
Genre: Classics - Mythology
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - November 14, 2010
Charles Kingsley wrote these tales for children in 1855. He includes a preface that he wrote for these youngsters. He stresses that the children should know about the Greek tales because they are mentioned frequently in modern books. Furthermore, we owe a lot to the ancient Greeks: sciences, philosophy, and politics. After the Jews, he writes, the Greeks gave humanity their greatest gifts.
The Greeks called themselves Helens, he continues, but the Romans got it wrong and miscalled them Greeks. He says that we should not make a mistake and think that since these people were pagans God did not love them. God loves all that God created.
Kingsley describes the Helens as "grown-up children" who, like all children, love fairy tales, but they called them "myths." He retells the myths concerning Perseus, the Argonauts, and Theseus.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of sixteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes Wagner and Drazin's latest book Let's Study Onkelos on www.ou.org/torah.