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In Search of a Homeland: The Story of the Aeneid Hardcover – October 23, 2006

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Inspired by the ancient masterpiece The Aeneid, by Roman poet Virgil, modern-day author Penelope Lively has penned a poignant retelling of the arduous journeys of Trojan warrior Aeneas. Doubtful young readers will be amazed at how readable and downright gripping these old tales really are, from the devastating ruse the Greeks wreak on the city of Troy, to the tempestuous seas the escaping Trojans cross and recross, to the violent battles they fight, all in the name of finding their true homeland.

Illustrator Ian Andrew's evocative, scratchy illustrations set the stage for award-winning author Penelope Lively's text, which captures all the terrible excitement and bittersweet emotions of these ancient travails and mythical encounters with supernatural beasts. Moved by this retelling, readers will surely want to seek out other epic classics, perhaps Rosemary Sutcliff's masterful retellings of Homer's Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad and The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Following on from Black Ships Before Troy - The Story of the Iliad "It bears the unmistakable mark of a mastepiece of children's literature." Times Educational Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (October 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845076850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845076856
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marco Antonio Abarca VINE VOICE on October 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
I recently finished reading Rosemary Sutcliff's "Dark Ships Before Troy" and "Odysseus' Wanderings" to my six year old son and it seemed only natural that we continue with this thread by reading a children's version of the Aeneid. Penelope Lively's "In Search of a Homeland" was a natural choice. All three books are put out by the same publisher and are geared towards the same young adult readership. Thus the narrative flowed almost seemlessly between the three books. Penelope Lively is a skilled writer and her story is firmly rooted in the Homeric structure Sutcliff recreates in her two books.

Having finished this third book of the Trojan War triology, I think the real value of the Aeneid is that it creates this mythic bridge between the Greek and Roman worlds. Before starting "Dark Ships Before Troy" we read numerous books of Greek Mythology to help set the stage for the Iliad. Having finished "In Search of a Homeland", I think it will be a lot easier to transition into the study of the Roman world. Vergil's Aeneid is a great poem and worthy of study for that alone. Yet for young children, I think the real value of the Aeneid is more as a bridge between two great civilization. Highly recommended.
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So, we were captivated with Rosemary Sutcliff's "Black Ships Before Troy" and "The Wanderings of Odysseus", retelling the Iliad and The Odyssey, respectively.
Black Ships Before Troy
The Wanderings of Odysseus

This book takes over from these, in similar writing style and high-quality illustrations, and tells the Aeneid, the story of the founding of Rome. It switches over to the Roman names of the Gods, but there is enough continuity with the other two books (even though the author/illustrator are different) to make this book a perfect third.

Great for kids to read -- challenging vocabulary, heroic deeds and misdeeds.

Check out the map at the back -- that's awesome. Also, there is a pronunciation guide to help your kids -- also at the back.
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I was convinced from the other reviewers that this was a good addition to our homeschooling units on Ancient Greece/Rome. It is a nice translation of the Aeneid, covering Aeneas' journey from Troy to Rome. But I wasn't sure what ages it was appropriate for.

When I looked at this one it seemed like a young reader could get through this--maybe even an astute 2nd grader. It is a big beautiful book with illustrations on each page and not too difficult vocabulary. And only 110 pages. My 9-yr old made it through fine but like most myths, I think this source will grow richer with time and repetition. What is wonderful about this work is that it is written on a level that he could be initiated to this great work of literature now, but will still be interesting when he studies it later on... 5th-8th grade seems most appropriate.
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In Search of a Homeland by Penelope Lively

In Search of a Homeland is a dramatic story that includes life, death, passion, romance and bravery. The three main characters interact in a way that keeps my interest throughout the entire book. The story of the ancient Romans, originally written by Virgil, is a fabulous tale to read. I think the author did an excellent job retelling the story of the Aenied so you can understand it better.

Development of the main characters is well done. Penelope Lively, as she retells Virgil's story, handles each character sufficiently. Aeneas, Turnus and Dido are compelling character who are captivating. Aeneas from Troy is finding a new homeland for his people. Aeneas is a great leader. He is fearless as well as a excellent fighter. Turnus is Aeneas' enemy who is from the city Latin. Dido is the queen of Carthage who falls in love with Aeneas.

The plot is exciting and fascinating. The author starts out telling about the fall of Troy and the Trojan horse. Aeneas leads the survivors out of Troy moving toward Italy. They stumbled upon many dangers along the way. They come to Carthage and sailed on to Latin and for a massive battle. I thought the battle scenes were a little difficult to follow. It was hard to understand what was going on and where everyone was.

One of the central ideas in this book is that no one listened to the warnings to not bring the Trojan horse in the city of Troy, but should instead burn it. The Trojan horse was brought into the city anyway. The second idea is that gods and goddesses are not reliable. They did not save Troy, but instead let Troy burn.

I highly recommend this book if you are studying Ancient Troy and Rome. It is not a boring book to read because of all the crazy ancient methods. The author made it easy to understand and follow. It is also a wonderful book for reading out loud to the family.

By Joy Penwrite
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Ian Andrew illustrates In Search Of A Homeland, a story of the Aneid and a tale of war which will appeal to any student of Greek mythology and history. Chapters present the story with plenty of illustration and color: it's hard to peg the readers and age group of this title, which will reach from grades 5-8.
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Unlike the comparable versions of the Illiad and Odyssey that I purchased here on Amazon, the language in this book is quite flowery and not always easy for 6-7 year olds to follow. The story is entertaining but this book is better directed to slightly older kids (possibly 10+ years of age). Much like the Illiad & Odyssey, the story drags on far too long. The scope of these books would normally be covered by a short series of novels in modern times.
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