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Dateline: Troy Paperback – August 8, 2006
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Paul Fleischman offers a glimpse at the Trojan War through modern day newspaper headlines. By equating such events as Agamemnon offering sacrifice to the Greeks before sailing to Troy with George Bush's declaration of a national day of prayer after sending troops to the Persian Gulf, or the massacre of the Trojans by the Greeks to the My Lai incident in Vietnam, Fleischman helps young scholars understand the myth through present-day events and attitudes. Each page of text is enhanced by a collage of newspaper clippings relating to a particular piece of the myth. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Newbery Medalist Fleischman (Bull Run; Joyful Noise!) turns the Trojan War into an occasion for social studies, with the result that his audience may have to sacrifice some of the pleasures of reading in exchange for a fresh approach to history or current events. In this beautifully designed book, the author juxtaposes an unusually elegant redaction of the legendary conflagration at Troy with newspaper clippings that report events ranging from World War I to sociological experiments on babies' reactions to unattractive women. Each page of text faces such clippings, selected to highlight relevant themes. For example, the passage about the reunion of Paris, abandoned at birth, with his father, King Priam, appears opposite the beginning of a 1988 article from the Washington Post about a woman's search for the son she gave up for adoption in 1967. Other spreads refer to 20th-century wars (the two world wars, Vietnam, the Falklands, Korea, Cyprus, the Middle East) in support of Fleisch- man's thesis that war is futile: he concludes his abridged epic with the question "Who could tell the victor from the vanquished?" Laid against sophisticated graphic backgrounds, the clippings become handsome collages. Even so, the combination of elements remains inharmonious?the collages invite readers to digress from the story rather than determine its meanings for themselves. Instead of offering individual readers an unsupervised literary experience, this experiment succeeds chiefly as a catalyst for class discussion. Ages 12-15.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is an older book (1996). It it more suitable for young adults than for children.
The format of the book is a bit unusual as it conveys the story of Troy on the verso page (left side) and then on the right side shows torn out newspaper clippings of more current events that coincide or almost coincide with those long ago events. For example, in the part where three goddesses are competing for the prize of most beautiful in the Troy story, the recto page (right side) has a February 1992 newspaper clipping on how "Studies on beauty raise a number of ugly findings." That format continues throughout the book.
If you're just looking for the story of Troy for a young adult, just let them read the verso pages. However, the more modern newspaper clipping does have its uses. The young reader can enjoy the ancient story/legend and by having the more recent stories available, he/she is reminded that people still have pretty much the same challenges.
After thousands of years we still have all the same human traits such as violence, greed, murder, appeals to the gods, love, sorrow, weapons, and diplomats. The laws have changed as have the costumes but people are still people trying to solve the same problems.
On the book jacket the author states, "My best teachers in school were those who could take a seemingly remote topic and show its connection to my own life. I've tried to do the same with the Trojan War."
I very much agree that good teachers make lessons meaningful to our lives but I'm not sure how many young adults or middle schoolers can relate to the My Lai Massacre.
What is most interesting in this book, however, is its attempt in every page to relate something about behaviors and practices in Ancient Greece to those we find in modern times. The author very ably does this by placing selected newspaper articles - mostly from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s - across each page of the the text as the story of the Trojan War unfolds.
Thus, the book presents subtle comparisons between King Priam's consultation of the Priest of Apollo and a newspaper report of how former President Reagan and his wife used astrology; the competition among Greek godesses to find the fairest among them with a study in the 1990s by some Pennsylvania scientists on how infants respond differently to images of pretty and plain looking women; the spreading of disinformation during the Trojan War to the modern use of psychological warfare; and other comparisons between Ancient Greece and the modern world.
This book thus provides both adult and young readers a foundation to dialogue on how human civlization and institutions have both evolved - and also remained constant in some respects - throughout the ages. This is a very interesting and commendable effort by the author.
One of the important events in this story was the Trojan War and the story of the giant wooden horse.That's one of the themes of this story. Never let you guards down,But I think the author had something more important to get through to the readers. This book shows how modern events can parallel with the events that happened in the ancient times by showing pictures of newspapers with the events from the past years. I Dateline Troy takes place in the ancient days of the Trojan war. The main characters are, Hecuba, the queen of Troy and the mother of Paris. King Priam, The father of Paris and king of Troy. Paris the lost prince of Troy,Helen, King Menelaus' wife and queen of Sparta,and Odysseus the brave warrior and king of Ithaca.
One of the important events in this story was the Trojan War and the story of the giant wooden horse.That's one of the themes of this story. Never let you guards down,But I think the author had something more important to get through to the readers. This book shows how modern events can parallel with the events that happened in the ancient times by showing pictures of newspapers with the events from the past years. I think that this book was interesting yet confusing. It kept going from one character to the next. I don't think I'll enjoy reading mythical books anymore. I can't understand them. They are very unreal. I wouldn't recommend this book to a young child, or someone who enjoys comical books, or books that they can relate to.
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