4 ♦ The Golden Fleece
And my first story for the Deal Me In challenge comes from Tanglewood Tales. How appropriate!
I enjoyed this story quite a bit. It was entertaining and often funny, a nice balance to the darkness of Gatsby to start off this year's reading. The abrupt ending - and a few loose threads - were the main things I wished had been tidied up. However, those are more or less due to the myths themselves and not Hawthorne's rendition, necessarily. 4.5 stars.
A side note - many critics would take issue with his bowdlerization of the original plots. It doesn't bother me, especially since he approaches it almost like a spin-off rather than censorship. Growing up, I read another small collection (for children) of the Greek myths, and it was perhaps slightly less "adapted," but also more dreary. The point is, I do think this is a good adaptation to give kids the gist of the myths. This, and Wishbone (oops - dating myself here!).