The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy

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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 Cyclôpes. Using narrative threads from The Iliad and The Odyssey, Padraic Colum weaves a stunning adventure with all the drama and power that Homer intended.

A retelling of the events of the ...

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Overview

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 Cyclôpes. Using narrative threads from The Iliad and The Odyssey, Padraic Colum weaves a stunning adventure with all the drama and power that Homer intended.

A retelling of the events of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus based on Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.

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Editorial Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Colum's stirring telling of the Greek epics is unequaled as an introduction to the classic myths for young readers.
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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689868832
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 6/22/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 140,880
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William Andrew ("Willy") Pogany (August 1882 – 30 July 1955) was a prolific Hungarian illustrator of children's and other books.

Padraic Colum (1881–1972) was a poet, a playwright, and a leader of the Irish Renaissance, but he is best known for his works for children, including The Children of Odin and The Golden Fleece (a Newbery Honor Book).

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Table of Contents

Part I3
How Telemachus the son of Odysseus was moved to go on a voyage in search of his father and how he heard from Menelaus and Helen the tale of Troy
Part II124
How Odysseus left Calypso's island and came to the land of the Phaeacians
How he told he fared with the Cyclopes and went past terrible Scylla and Charybdis and came to the island of Thrinacia where his men slaughtered the cattle of the sun: how he was given a ship by the Phaeacians and came to his own land
How he overthrew the wooers who wasted his substance and came to reign again as king of Ithaka
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Terable

    Cann't read it at all

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Homer

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Great

    Ive started reading and it was great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2006

    A Classic Retelling

    Even though Padraic Colum's version of Homer is written in prose, it retains a fair amount of the beauty of the original.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    !!!TERRIBLE!!!

    I did not like this book. It was way to hard for anyone to understand. I thought the book was boring. I think it should have been more interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2005

    Worst book ever.

    I thought this book was absolutely horrid. It is impossible for a junior high student to fully understand it and comprehend its valuability. I reccomend teachers to not assign this book, throughout any of your teaching career.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2004

    A historical and action-filled mythology-tastic deliciously-worded book!

    This book was full of action and war! The tale of Odysseus is really exciting, and you never know what'll happen next in the battle of Troy. Definately one for the books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    GREAT

    i enjoyed this book very much. at first it was kind of hard to read because of how they talked but after that you got used to it. it was very good and had very good pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2002

    One of a Kind

    I am a sixth grader and I have read the Children's Homer about 3 times. There has never been a time where i got bored or wanted to stop reading; my mom would have to pull me off the couch! I learned so many new words, my friends would call me a 'walking dictionary'! It keeps you reading; your eyes do not want to leave the text, and your friends are engaged in your stories. I truly loved this book and I hope that everyone is amiable about the fact that it deserves 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2001

    An Excellent Book

    The Children's Homer was a great book. I am in sixth grade, and it was a really easy book to read. Most of the words were ledgable and others gave me a whole new vocabulary. There is alot of violence, but I still enjoyed it. Details and descriptions are abounding in this book. There is one book (chapter) entirely devouted to the description of Achillies's Sheild. The Children's Homer crams both the Illiad and the Odyssey into one little paperback book. There is history and mythology to be found and learned here, and it can be read again and again.

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