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The Odyssey (Puffin Classics)
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2001
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...for Pokemon, dinosaurs, ghost stories, Robin Hood, and piratical history! I am no classical scholar, as is obvious from that last sentence, but I am a mom who reads alot to her children and I've a working understanding of Homer's poetic tale, The Odyssey. Ms. McCaughrean's version was gripping! We had a very hard time putting it down the first time, and on our second read through we just kept going until the end! This book enthralled a 7 and a 4, while remaining as true to the text as I've seen yet in a children's version (slight editing may be required for the very squeamish or quite young.) My children acted the tale out on their own when we were through and held impromptu literary discussions for days afterwards. Like Bible stories, Greek myths have been done a thousand times over for children. Before you set off to wade through to find the diamonds, take my word for it that this is definitely one of them. Also, her collection of classic mythical stories is recommended although, dare I say it, this is even better than that.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2004
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For young readers not yet ready to tackle Homer in translation this prose version is a superb introduction to the epic's most stirring episodes. McCaughrean writes in an alliterative prose which honors the poetry of the original. She pumps new life into the tangle with the Cyclops, the lure of the Sirens, and the final smackdown on Ithaca when a weathered Odysseus teaches the loutish suitors a thing or two. Seventh graders here have really warmed to this commendable retelling. Our ancient history curriuculum has certainly benefitted from its inclusion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2011
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This adaptation remained true to it's original and yet was told in a way that my boys, ages 7 & 9, could not get enough. I've been reading the Percy Jackson series to them and then started reading this one. They loved to hear where Percy's adventures had originated and compare tales. I wish I had read this to them first. Excellent!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2010
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The disclosure of the publisher "Puffin" rightly gives the fact that this is a child's version away. Yet, the prose of this text is not condescending. I love the use of imagery, similes, metaphor and hyperbole; this read is a treat for all ages, as it inspires the imagination in ways the original text may not for lack of so much detail. I enjoy reading the different versions of they Odyssey- analyzing the differences and appreciating the variety of interpretations is an exercise in and of itself.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2006
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this book was for a 11year old girl who was doing a school summer project. She loved the book, the simplicity of the story and had her project completed in two days
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on April 12, 2015
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A fantastic version for young children. Our six year old daughter loves hearing a chapter of this each night. It's also amazing how much of it our two year old understands. Great language and vocabulary in this version, with complex sentence structure that we appreciate for our little learners' ears.
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on November 5, 2013
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My boys are 5 and 6 and they really enjoyed this book. I had to read it to them but it was great to talk about new vocabulary and have them re-tell the stories after we heard them. They requested this every night as their bedtime book, lots of fun!
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on February 21, 2013
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This version provides an accessible and exciting version of the ancient poem for kids. My kids love hearing and reading this version.
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on October 27, 2014
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Good to use to help with understanding.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2013
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Absolutely loved the books. they were delivered way ahead of schedule and delivered to the school prior to the assignment of 18 Nov. Happy parent right here...and the price was amazing and the shipping FABULOUS....$5.60 flat rate USPS. Couldn't ask for anything more. Thank you very much for getting the books 2 weeks before the actual assignment.
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