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The Odyssey Hardcover – March 23, 1995

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Gr. 6^-12. McCaughrean's fine retelling of Odysseus' wanderings is a heroic tale in the truest sense of the word. It captures all the drama and bloodcurdling action of the original work while making the story accessible to young people in language that is still vigorous and expressive. Odysseus is a commanding figure, a bold leader, able to outwit the strongest monsters, yet so weak he cowers in Calypso's chamber. Readers can follow Odysseus' encounters with Circe, the Lotus-eaters, Poseidon, and Calypso, among others, as well as Penelope's difficulties with her suitors back home. Illustrations by Victor Ambrus complement McCaughrean's style perfectly, their bold colors and lively portrayals displaying all the energy of the text. Ambrus' renderings of the monsters are particularly gruesome. A worthy addition to most library collections. Chris Sherman
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 23, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192741306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192741301
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laura Quave on September 11, 2013
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This is a great introduction to the ultimate epic of western culture. You can read it to elementary aged children, or have older children read it alone. Unlike Homer's version, this one runs chronologically, so it's easier for younger children to follow the story line. The language is easy to understand, but still beautiful and complex. The illustrations are gorgeous and will draw the whole family into the story. Both of my children are in high school and have read the real thing, but both still look back fondly on this book and say it helped them tremendously when they were ready to tackle the real thing.
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Using the resource list from "The Well Trained Mind," I read this adaptation of "The Odyssey" to my children, ages 7 and 5. The book is divided into chapters, with each chapter containing one major adventure. The chapters served as clear breakpoints for anyone desiring to read the book aloud. Mesmerized by Odysseus's journey, my kids had no problem following the story, setting, and characters, although they did struggle with some of the vocabulary. The illustrations added to the story and gave the book a quasi-picture book quality. While it was a less difficult read than "Black Ships Before Troy," an adaptation of "The Illiad," it is probably more appropriate for children reading at an upper-elementary level.
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I love this and will share with my class and grandson.
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Beautiful illustrations for this classic literature.
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The book was in Excellent Condition! I highly recommend it.
Nicely done. Excellent Illustrations!
Been a Big fan of Victor Ambrus' work for some time.
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