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Can anyone recommend a good collection of Greek mythology for children?

When I was a kid I loved the stories of ancient Greek mythology and I think my daughter would enjoy them too. What are some good collections for a 7-year-old? Her name is Ariadne, so I’d be especially interested in ones that feature that character as more than a footnote (though preferably the less traumatizing versions of those particular stories).

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  1. grahamiam
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    D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths is the gold standard. It's got the ... adult themes of Greek Mythology omitted. The illustrations are fantastic. Definitely instigated my childhood obsession. I am...

    D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths is the gold standard. It's got the ... adult themes of Greek Mythology omitted. The illustrations are fantastic. Definitely instigated my childhood obsession.

    I am not sure if it features Ariadne or not.

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  2. DanBC
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    Black Ships Before Troy might fit? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Ships-Before-Troy-Story/dp/0711215227/ "Here is Homer's epic poem The Iliad, brought to life by Rosemary Sutcliff with all the...

    Black Ships Before Troy might fit? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Ships-Before-Troy-Story/dp/0711215227/

    "Here is Homer's epic poem The Iliad, brought to life by Rosemary Sutcliff with all the skill of a master storyteller. Alan Lee's dramatic cover image hauntingly recreates the age of heroes in this spellbinding introduction to the Greek classics - a book that should become part of every childhood."

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  3. whbboyd
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    Edith Hamilton's Mythology is more-or-less canonical, albeit very aged at this point. (How quickly does classicism move as an academic field? The very subject matter leads me to assume "slowly",...

    Edith Hamilton's Mythology is more-or-less canonical, albeit very aged at this point. (How quickly does classicism move as an academic field? The very subject matter leads me to assume "slowly", but I don't actually have any idea.) I was older than 7, but not much, when I read it. It includes the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, but I don't recall it delving deeply into Ariadne other than her role in that story.