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Gr. 4-8. Osborne turns her considerable skill in retelling myths to Homer's Odyssey in these slim, charming opening volumes in her Tales from the Odyssey series. In the first volume, One-Eyed Giant, Odysseus and his men commence their perilous homeward journey at the conclusion of the Trojan War, first encountering the lotus-eaters and then pitching desperate battle with the fearsome Cyclops. In Land of the Dead, the travelers escape from the wily Circe, only to brave the Land of the Dead in search of the wisdom of the blind prophet Tiresias. Osborne's simple, engaging narrative will surely capture interest as it presents a great hero in bold, yet human, dimensions--protecting his men, longing for home, wondering what the next catastrophe will be. The idea of delivering the classic story in small, beautifully written, accessible bites will appeal to both teachers and young readers, who will eagerly await subsequent volumes. Each book includes a short pantheon of major gods and goddesses, a pronunciation guide, and information about Homer and mythology. Anne O'Malley
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Good literature for adolescents, arrived in time for my Lit. class. My 7 yr old daughter read a children's version and loved it; will definitely keep this on my bookcase for her to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by maria
All these books are out of print, and hard to find new. gave to my grand son for Christmas because he loves this writer.Published 11 months ago by Margaret Massey
Mary Pope Osborne translations the challenging work of Homer’s The Odyssey to a level that elementary age students can read and enjoy. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Shelli
This book has larger print but no illustrations. It will be a good book for when my daughter turn 6 or 7 but was too preemptive a buy for my 4yr old.Published on July 15, 2013 by kataya
The Odyssey the series I recommend for 8-12 kids but I don't recommend it for a bed time story it has some unsettling parts that may give you night mares. Read morePublished on February 25, 2012
The good: Odysseus was brave
The bad: There was a one-eyed giant that almost smashed him
The goofy: When Odysseus's men saw that Odysseus almost got... Read more
I loved this series as did my children. Both of my boys read them voraciously and would read them over and over again. Read morePublished on April 3, 2009 by Kindle Customer
From the mouth of my 11 and a half year old daughter: I have been interested in Greek Mythology for a long time, but have never read about the Odyssey before. Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by N.E.H.