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The Children of Odin | Norse Mythology for Kids - Alder & Alouette

The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths | Mythology for Children | Padraic Colum

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The Children of Odin is the best, most powerful recounting of the Norse myths by the master storyteller, Padraic Colum.

Filled with drama, intrigue, humor and adventure, this middle grade book is a collection of tales begins with the building of Asgard, home of the gods, and ends with the final battle of Ragnarok when the world is deluged in water and made anew.

In between we meet Iduna and her golden apples, Freya of the ill-gotten necklace, Odin the Wanderer, Sigurd the Dragon Slayer, the mischievous, clever but vindictive Loki, and the whole Norse pantheon from giants to dwarves.

For richness, cultural wealth and sheer grandeur the Norse myths stand alone and unique in the world-and this edition for children has yet to be bettered.

Padraic Colum, award winning author, poet and dramatist was part of the Irish literary revival before coming to live in America. Willy Pagany worked on many of Colums' books, complementing them with numerous elegant line drawings and illustrations.


This edition has been freshly typeset and edited for a modern ease of read and clarity, with footnotes added for unusual words the contemporary child might not know (but will after reading this book!). A brief biography is included in the back, telling of Colum's life in Ireland and his arrival in the land of hope, America.



  • The Children of Odin
  • Written by Padraic Column, edited by Reg Down and illustrated by Willy Pagany.
  • Published by Pied Piper Press, June 30, 2012. 
  • Grades 4th to Adult
  • 0.48" H x 9.02" L x 5.98" W (0.68 lbs) 228 pages
  • Softcover
  • Norse Mythology