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By Nathaniel Hawthorne

From certainly one of America's maximum writers come those vintage stories of magical creatures and adventures written particularly for kids. listed here are the tales of King Midas, the fellow who used to be in a position to flip every little thing he touched into gold; Hercules, the best and most powerful hero of all time; the Gorgons, merciless witches with snakes for hair; and plenty of different very good warriors and evil monsters. contains "The Gorgon's Head," "The Golden Touch," "The Paradise of Children," "The 3 Golden Apples," "The awesome Pitchers," and "The Chimaera."

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28 Eagle eyes are huge, proportionally much bigger in their faces than our eyes are in our faces (their eyes are actually about the same size as ours in direct comparison). We can only see a bit of the eye when we look at an eagle – most of it is deep in the skull. The cornea, which is only a fraction of the eye, bulges out slightly to fit into the front of the eye socket. The eagle’s distinctive patrician brow, which often defines its anthropomorphic representation as old, wise, judgemental or regal, is technically called a ‘supraorbital ridge’.

The northwestern coastal nation of Quileute believed that the Thunderbird lived in the blue glacier of a mountain named Mt Olympus by colonizers – creating an unintentional, but perhaps apt, parallelism with classical eagle mythology. 18 In the Iroquois narrative we see the polarity of eagle symbolism – fire and water in this case – neatly encapsulated. Eagles often inhabit the middle spaces of life and death, in the liminal zones between the world of the living and the world of the dead. In the Zuni and Hopi nations there is the story of Eagle Boy in which a boy with a special bond with eagles is taught to fly.

33 It is not uncommon to see eagle pairs, especially Aquila eagles, hunting cooperatively: working together, they can take down much larger prey than themselves. Snake and serpent eagles have smaller, thicker toes for gripping snakes and other slender reptilian prey, and once they land on a snake they can usually break its back very quickly. Some species will even take on very large or poisonous snakes, although this kind of hunting is obviously risky. 34 A snake could of course strike an eagle that made a clumsy attack, although this is apparently rare.

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