D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths
By Edgar Parin D'Aulaire, Ingri D'Aulaire
Why this book?
It might seem strange to include a children’s picture book on a “Best Books in Norse Mythology” list, but D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths was my first exposure to the old Scandinavian tales when I was a young adult, and it stuck with me through the years. Not only are the illustrations wondrous, but the stories are told in a simple way that anyone can understand. I’ve found it hard to visualize concepts like Yggdrasil, aka the World Tree that supports the cosmos and the Nine Realms, but this book brought the World Tree to life in my mind’s eye. I continue to consult this little gem of a book from time to time and always smile at its delightful illustrations.
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