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Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1 Paperback – May 4, 2010
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About the Author
Mary Pope Osborne (www.marypopeosborne.com) 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:
The One-Eyed Giant Book Two: The Land of the Dead Book Three: Sirens and Sea Monsters
The Land of the Dead Book Three: Sirens and Sea Monsters
Sirens and Sea Monsters
Top Customer Reviews
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!)
Hint for read-alouds: you can Google how to pronounce names like Scylla, Charybdis, Telemachus, etc., to get the accent/intonation right.
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!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVED this book... cannot wait to find time to read the rest of the series so we know what happens!Published 18 days ago by JennyB
Well, the elementary-school version anyway. The sex and stuff cleaned up a bit. It isn't in iambic pentameter rhyme like the old versions I remember, full of olde vocabularie and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Happy Elf Mom
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I wanted a copy of the Odyssey accessible to a 7 year old who reads at an adult level. Mary Pope Osborne seemed like the obvious choice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by NY2HI Traveller
Nice version of the Odyssey for children. Clear, easy to understand language. Nicely sanitized for elementary students. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Prairieflower
Great book for my 6 year old. Simple language and still gets the story across.Published 5 months ago by Lauren