Runner up of the best new Children's Product 2012 prize at the Ace awards ceremony (March 2012).
If you want to know about the ancient Olympic games, ask someone who was there! Who better to ask than Tethys, the grandmother of all the Greek gods.
The Greek gods gather on Mount Olympus to watch the games taking place on Earth below. Like any typical family, they revive old rivalries, pick out their favourite competitors, and vie for the best view. Called upon to answer their questions and resolve their squabbles, Grandmother Tethys soothes and distracts them with stories about How the Olympic Games Came to Be.
Prompted by the sporting events the gods have been watching down below, these tales reveal the mythical rivalries and adventures of both gods and mortals that inspired the very first Olympic competitions. The gripping text is accompanied by illustrations inspired by ancient Greek objects and designs in the British Museum.
The author Helen East has written dozens of books for children, and co-founded the UK’s National Folktale Centre in 1987. The illustrator Mehrdokht Amini was born and studied art and graphic design in Tehran, Iran. Now living in the UK, her work has been published in the Middle East, Poland, UK and United States.