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The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tale of Troy Paperback – November 18, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1613823460 ISBN-10: 1613823460

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (November 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613823460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613823460
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Published in 1918, Colum's stirring telling of the Greek epics is still unequaled as an introduction to the classic myths for young readers.'' --Publishers Weekly

'' (Audiobook narrator) Whitfield's (-aka- Simon Vance) distinct narration gives a clear rendition of classic myths The Iliad and The Odyssey. The reading is intelligible to children yet preserves the heroic style of the sagas. It is a treat to hear Greek words pronounced with such ease.'' --Lolly Gepson

About the Author

PADRAIC COLUM (1881-1972) was an Irish poet, playwright, author, a major leader of the Irish Renaissance, and a friend to James Joyce and William Yeats. Well versed in the old Gaelic myths as well as those of other cultures, he wrote a number of books for children that retell these tales. His book The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived before Achilles was a Newbery Honor Book, and he was awarded the Regina Medal for his distinguished contribution to children's literature.

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The narrative is beautifully written and engaging.
NKTC
Since I can't trust the words I'm reading to be the actual text of the book and not an OCR-related error, why bother reading this version of the book at all?
Mrs. Crusty
I read this book to my 7 year old, homeschooled daughter.
Andrea M. Stambaugh

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151 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Susan Zuckerman on March 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book to my Grade 4 class with some initial reservations, thinking it would be beyond them. THEY LOVED IT! A couple of brighter ones were particularly interested in Greek myths before I started, and they helped to spark the whole class, but they all were able to understand it. I checked with the class a number of times to see if they wanted me to continue, and it was always a unanimous YES! Knowing that the Odyssey and the Illiad are considered the greatest stories of all time, and such ancient, ancient stories, really hooked them in them. Padraic Colum's language is sophisticated, and the sentence structure is complex, but it is so lyrical and clean, the kids seemed caught in a spell listening to it. One of the lovely things about reading classics to children, is that they see how imbedded in our culture they are. For instance, they could recognize Homer's influence in cartoons and T.V. shows! When we finished, one of the rich discussion topics was how Homer's and the early Greeks' view of women affects our society today. A number of parents expressed gratitude and awe that I would read such sophisticated literature to young children, and were highly impressed with their children's interest in it.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Brian R. Doak on March 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a homeschooled child, I read this book when I was eight and thoroughly enjoyed it; now, at fifteen, I have just finished reading the original Iliad and Odyssey for the second time. Reading them made me realize how much The Children's Homer helped me, both in exposing me to the epics and giving me a basic overview of the story. My only complaint was that it lacked the strength and beauty of the original, but that is understandable.

I would also recommend The Greek Way (Edith Hamilton) as an excellent look into ancient Greek philosophy and philosophers. I read this in the same course as The Children's Homer and it has become my favorite history book-children will enjoy it, but parents had best let them read it to themselves; it is unfair for parents to monopolize children's books.

Marion Doak, student
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1999
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The Children's Homer is a great book for older elementary children if they like adventure and are interested in learning about Greek society. It is an excellent book about the great Greek hero Odysseus and his son, Telemachus. When Telemachus is a baby his father, Odysseus, is called to go to war. When Telemachus grows older, the goddess Athene tells him to go seek his father. Telemachus obeys and great adventure begins. I personally thought that the names were hard to keep up with, but the book holds much magic and adventure. I also would have never wanted to read the book on my own, but I'm glad I got the chance in school. The book kept me interested just about all the time, and I always looked forward to reading more. My favorite character was Odysseus, because he was brave and wise. He would listen to advice given to him and was polite and thankful. I think I will always remember the story because it shows many good character traits that everyone needs.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Stone on October 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful introduction to the world of Homer and the Greek heros of the Trojan war. As previous reviewers have mentioned this is a story combining The Illiad and Odyssey. By today standards the language could be archaic, but if you are teaching in the classical method I find it necessary to learn the prose of the past in order to read the classics of the ancient world. If nothing else it promotes thought and requires the reader to thoroughly pay attention.

This book flows poetically and captivates your imagination. Your children will not be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DeAnna Graham Hollister on September 11, 2003
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Padraic Colum (1881-1972) saw the need to introduce the classics to young children. In 1918 he published this book The Children's Homer which combines the retelling of both Homer's Illiad and Odyssey. It is obvious that his idea and his book has stood the test of time since this book is now in reprint for our children to learn from today. The few illustrations are by Willy Pogany and are well done. This is an excellent way to introduce our children or the younger student to the classics.
Simon & Schuster's Aladdin Paperback published this edition and on the back cover they offer a web site of [...] for all who are interested.
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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Kara Reuter on September 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a 1965 retelling of Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey meant for children. The language is sophisticated and old-fashioned, with complex sentence structure. The vocabulary, including names of people and places, is very difficult. The storylines are intricate and challenging to follow, especially when read intermittently. While these qualities may capture the spirit of the original story, they also make for difficult reading for children. Furthermore, the 250-page length will daunt most young readers. Scattered throughout the text are simple black and white full-page line drawings; each chapter also begins with a small, illustrated head. The illustrations are static, but recall the style of classical Greek figured vases. While classical Greek mythology can be popular subject with children, this retelling does not significantly simplify the story or the language for young readers. Even read aloud, the complicated story lines may be challenging to follow. For reading in school, the book would be greatly enhanced with a glossary, guide to pronunciation, annotations, and maps. For leisure reading, I would recommend this book only for highly motivated children and young adults.
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