The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy

The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy

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by Padraic Colum, Sean Pratt
     
 

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Travel Back to a Mythical Time When Achilles, Aided by the Gods, Waged War Against the Trojans. And Join Odysseus on his Journey Through Murky Waters, Facing Obstacles Like the Terrifying Scylla and Whirring Charybdis, The Beautiful Enchantress Circe, and the Land of the Raging Cyclopes. Using Narrative Threads from the Iliad and the Odyssey, Padraic Colum Weaves a

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Travel Back to a Mythical Time When Achilles, Aided by the Gods, Waged War Against the Trojans. And Join Odysseus on his Journey Through Murky Waters, Facing Obstacles Like the Terrifying Scylla and Whirring Charybdis, The Beautiful Enchantress Circe, and the Land of the Raging Cyclopes. Using Narrative Threads from the Iliad and the Odyssey, Padraic Colum Weaves a Stunning Adventure with all the Drama and Power That Homer Intended.

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Children's Literature
A retelling of stories from the Iliad and the Odyssey, the book begins and ends in Ithaca. Part I recounts how Telemachus, son of Odysseus, at goddess Athene's bidding, leaves home to discover whether his father still lives and then sets out for Ithaca again to avenge the insults of his mother's wooers. In his travels, Telemachus visits Menelaus and Helen in Sparta, where he is entertained not only with tales of his father but also with details of the Trojan War. Menelaus last heard that Odysseus was captive on an island. Meanwhile, in Part II, the messenger Hermes appears to Calypso and tells her to release Odysseus. The home-sick hero sets sail but is shipwrecked on the land of the Phaeacians. There Odysseus, once identified, tells of his ten years' of wandering since the ten-year Trojan War ended. His fate was sealed when he blinded the one-eyed Cyclops, son of Poseidon. But now, Zeus is on his side and Odysseus finally returns home to bring retribution to trespassers and happiness to those who were faithful to him, especially his wife Penelope. A touching scene is when an ancient hound recognizes his master, even in a beggar's disguise, and then dies that very day. The book offers lessons in courtesy applicable to any time period. The framework of two stories meeting up for a suspenseful close are unique to this book. The illustrations are intriguing, though sometimes the icons at the beginnings of the chapters are hard to identify. 2004 (orig. 1918), Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster, and Ages 10 up.
—Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
An updated version of Colum's 1918 classic retelling of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, the story is highlighted by twelve color plates done by award-winning artist Barry Moser. Complete and easy to understand, this is the version that will stay with children forever as the horrid Cyclops, treacherous Sirens, and evil Circe all endeavor to keep Odysseus from his faithful Penelope. This notable series "Books of Wonder" is replete with exceptional classics for kids.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584725305
Publisher:
Sound Room Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
Unabridged Classics in MP3 Series
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Padraic Colum (1881-1972), an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer and collector of folklore, was one of the leading figures of the Celtic Revival. After immigrating to America, Colum took up children's writing and published a number of collections of stories for children, beginning with The King of Ireland's Son (1916). This book came about when Colum started translating an Irish folk tale from Gaelic because he did not want to forget the language; After it was published in the New York Tribune, Hungarian Illustrator Willy Pógany suggested the possibility of a book collaboration, so Colum wove the folktale into a long, epic story. Three of his books for children were awarded retrospective citations for the Newbery Honor. A contract for children's literature with Macmillan Publishers made him financially secure for the rest of his life. Colum was a prolific author who wrote 61 books, not counting his plays.

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The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy (Illustrated Edition) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book about 6times and each time it amazes me!
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What is this book about no info no cover no nothing I hate when that happens. :-(
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What is it about? I do not want to buy it when I don't know what it is about