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Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1 [Kindle Edition]

Mary Pope Osborne
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Book Description

If Odysseus ever wants to see his family again, he will have to face hungry cannibals, outwit a beautiful witch, and sail past a six-headed serpent in an epic journey of endurance and courage. In this exciting series, best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne retells Homer’s Odyssey, one of the most thrilling adventure stories of all time.

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    About the Author

    Mary Pope Osborne ( is the author of the best-selling series The Magic Tree House. She has also written many acclaimed retellings of myths and folktales and works of historical fiction.

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    Part 1 includes:

    Book One:

    The One-Eyed Giant

    Book Two:

    The Land of the Dead

    Book Three:

    Sirens and Sea Monsters

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1368 KB
    • Print Length: 288 pages
    • Publisher: Disney Hyperion; 1st edition (September 11, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0093PLKB6
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
    • X-Ray:
    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Extra Credit for Parents December 31, 2010
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Okay - first..thank you to the reviewer who had the ISBN number for the 2nd book! I just added it to my cart and based on a review of the 2nd book, it looks like it will be the right one.

    We bought this for my 1st grade son who loves stories and was completely intrigued by the idea that there were superheros before Batman and Superman. I started to read it out loud to him and before I knew it, the whole family was gathered around including my husband, who has read the Odyssey and Iliad many times, 3rd grade girl and kindergarten girl. Everyone LOVED it! My husband was impressed at how the story was redone for a younger age but was still true to the feel. The groan when the book ended and Odysseus was not home yet was huge! I had to promise to order the next volume today.

    I would highly recomend buying the 3 book volumes instead of individual books - it makes kids realize that each book is just part of a big story. AND be ready to buy the next volume! The other reviewer gives you the number to look up.

    We also bought him the coloring book from Dover of Greek Gods and Goddesses from Amazon. It really helped with picturing some of the gods - although we realized at the end of Mary Pope Osborne's book that the author has sketches of them and pronounciation lists! Oh well.... he still loves the coloring book.

    There are some gross parts (people being eaten by the Cyclopes and Giants and the Six Headed monster) BUT it is well handled and not overly graphic at all. We are crazy overprotective parents about what our kids watch and my kndergarten girl didn't even bat an eye. So don't let that stop you from buying the book. I think everything was entirely age appropriate for younger elementary who have not had a birds and the bees talk as well!

    Overall - it is a great way to introduce your kids to the Odyssey and I will absolutely be looking for anything written by the author (actually already added a couple to my cart!)
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Can not believe there are not more reviews! March 1, 2012
    By In2why
    I own both book 1 and book 2 which is a brilliant collection of all her individual tales from the Odyssey. I just finished reading the first book aloud to my 8 year old, and we are thrilled. Osbornes language choices are magical. It has also stretched my son's vocabulary because the magical storytelling and the context make it easy to understand. Of course this isn't as detailed as the original, but few children are ready for the original until high school, and by then they often don't care. I think that by introducing the wonderful stories in Mary Pope Osbornes format, that it will build pegs for them to latch on to when they tackle "The Illiad" later. I should also add that I am a homeschooling parent, and we read laundry baskets full of books each year (maybe each month) and these two are at the top of our list for the year.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars True to Homer and kid-friendly. April 3, 2014
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    I think this book could win pretty much anyone over to Homer and these timeless stories that are so much a part of our collective conscios. You'll see Homer's classic descriptions in here, like "rosy-fingered dawn" and "the wine-dark sea," and all the drama and even gore (when Odysseus's men are eaten by the Cyclops and Scylla, for examples), but somehow more fun to read with your kids than a straight translation would be. Make sure to get Part 2, too. My 7-yr-old son was dying to know if Odysseus would ever make it home!
    Hint for read-alouds: you can Google how to pronounce names like Scylla, Charybdis, Telemachus, etc., to get the accent/intonation right.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for me February 3, 2014
    By Fezzik2
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    I am a teacher who's class reading level ranges from 3th grade to 10th grade. I used this edition to teach a classic to students who would not have been able to understand a true translation. It omits many of the complicated Greek names and focuses on the core of the novel. It is user friendly and enjoyable. The students loved it. It was interesting enough to capture everyone's imagination, and still challenge my higher order thinkers. The lower level readers had success with limited teacher support. It was nice to be able to use a novel that all my students could read and access. Mary Pope Osborne is a consistently wonderful author.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Review for Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1 July 30, 2014
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    This book is a wonderful synopsis of the Greek Odyssey, written for the middle school student. I read it, remembering the full version I had to read in high school. I appreciate the scaled down version, thinking of the fourth and fifth grade students who are reading this for the Oregon Battle of the Books series. Mary Pope Osborne does as excellent job. Now I feel I must read part 2, because I have no memory as to how the tale ends. I will order the book, as I did this one, from
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction! January 4, 2013
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    Tackling Greek mythology probably confuses most parents and I wasn't any different. I simply didn't know where to begin. When my daughter came home and told me they had done a play in class about Athena, I knew I had to jump in and start somewhere. By chance, this book is where I started and it worked out great!! I got her both Part 1 and Part 2 for Christmas. (Get both Part 1 and Part 2 and you will have all 6 books that Osborne has written, they were combined by the publisher.)
    A chapter book with no pictures, (appropriate for 4th grade) perfectly accessible reading and exciting storytelling that kept us BOTH on the edge of our seats! She happily knows A LOT more about the characters in Greek mythology that she did a month ago....(and so do I!)
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect storytelling of the classic poem to read aloud to ...
    Perfect storytelling of the classic poem to read aloud to my son. He could have easily read it himself (looking to the back for pronunciation guide and reference) but I wanted to... Read more
    Published 22 days ago by JeanMorandaTorres
    5.0 out of 5 stars Both 7th and 2nd grader are enjoying this book very ...
    Both 7th and 2nd grader are enjoying this book very much. We are reading it for Greek history unit for our homeschool! Fast shipping!
    Published 1 month ago by Kelly Ferreira
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for my 4th grader
    Great book for my 4th grader. He loves greek mythology.We bought part 2 as well. Shipped fast, love my Prime membership!
    Published 1 month ago by rachael
    2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't download to Kindle Fire
    I wouldn't know if I like the book because it wouldn't download to my Kindle Fire. I tried it multiple time. No problem with the Kindle, all other books download fine. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Michelle
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Easy to read. My 9 year old son loved it!
    Published 4 months ago by Natalia Filippova
    5.0 out of 5 stars My students love this book as a read-aloud
    My students love this book as a read-aloud. Since I teach sixth grade social studies, it goes well with the Ancient Greece unit. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by fullerton mommy
    5.0 out of 5 stars I Like the Odyssey!!!!
    It was fun with monsters and dragons and Odysseus was the best part . I also liked it because it had some violence.
    Published 5 months ago by BR
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good prose translation
    Osborne stays close to the spirit of the verse version, weaving in touches like rose-colored dawn and wine-dark sea nicely. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Sean Frerking
    5.0 out of 5 stars My students loved this series.
    Great intro to the Odyssey.
    Published 8 months ago by S. R. Hulstine
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    More About the Author

    Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 120 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 32 different languages in over 30 international markets. There are currently 51 Magic Tree House books and 28 Fact Trackers, the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as ebooks and Listening Library audio books, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. Visit for more information about the series, activities, and more.

    The Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program is a free, comprehensive set of online educational resources for teachers developed by Mary Pope Osborne as gift to teachers, to thank them for their enthusiastic support of the series. Complete with lesson plans, curriculum guides, and creative activities, the Classroom Adventures Program incorporates every book in the series, including the nonfiction Fact Tracker titles, enabling teachers to build upon students' interest in Jack and Annie's adventures, while simultaneously meeting core curriculum standards across a multitude of subjects. Educators can learn more at

    MARY POPE OSBORNE is an ardent advocate and supporter of children's literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993-1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country's leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children's literacy. She recently spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams for her continued efforts. Mary has donated over 250,000 books to children in need through her Gift of Books program. She resides in Connecticut. The creator of the Magic Tree House series, Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with her husband, WILL OSBORNE, and her sister, NATALIE POPE BOYCE.

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