Booklist - What We Get from Norse Mythology
This accessible overview summarizes basic elements of Norse mythology and then asks young readers to reflect on how these influences relate to modern life. The first chapter outlines Viking history and culture, and subsequent chapters cover deities, folklore, language, and art. The final chapter should really resonate with young audiences: “Myths in Books and Movies.” This section draws comparisons between Norse mythology and current media offerings, including the Lord of the Rings series, Marvel comic books, and Disney’s Frozen. Engaging illustrations appear on almost every page, and occasional Common Core–aligned critical-thinking activities prompt readers to analyze graphics, apply close reading strategies, or consider text features and themes. Designed for younger audiences, this entry in the Mythology and Culture series can serve as introductory material to more sophisticated, thorough examinations of Norse history and folklore.