The Gray-Eyed Goddess (Tales from the Odyssey Series #4)

The Gray-Eyed Goddess (Tales from the Odyssey Series #4)

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by Mary Pope Osborne, Troy Howell
     
 

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For nearly twenty years, Odysseus has fought terrifying giants and monsters, weathered the loss of his men, and angered gods and goddesses. Now he is trapped on the island of the alluring sea goddess, Calypso. Back in Ithaca, his wife, Penelope, and their son, Telemachus, are desperately warding off the suitors who want to marry Penelope in order to take control of

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For nearly twenty years, Odysseus has fought terrifying giants and monsters, weathered the loss of his men, and angered gods and goddesses. Now he is trapped on the island of the alluring sea goddess, Calypso. Back in Ithaca, his wife, Penelope, and their son, Telemachus, are desperately warding off the suitors who want to marry Penelope in order to take control of Odysseus's island. Then a visit from a mysterious stranger gives Telemachus the courage to confront the suitors, and to head off in search of his long-lost father. Could the stranger be the gray-eyed warrior goddess, Athena?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
At the start of Book 4 in "Mary Pope Osborne's Tales from the Odyssey" series, we find Odysseus trapped on the island of the sea goddess, Calypso. Twenty years have passed since Odysseus and his men went to fight in the Trojan War. His wife, Penelope, is losing hope of his return. Their home is surrounded by men wanting to wed her, and it is becoming more and more difficult for her to delay making a decision between the impatient, ill-mannered men. Odysseus' son, Telemachus, who was just an infant when his father left home, is a grown man. His mother's suitors are plotting to kill him. The situation seems hopeless. Then a stranger comes to Telemachus and suggests a bold course of action. Just who is this gray-eyed stranger, anyway? Mary Pope Osborne has brought Homer's gripping epic poem into a format that modern readers can better understand. Her retelling is faithful to the spirit of love, longing, and determination that makes the original so memorable. 2003, Hyperion, Ages 8 to 12.
— Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-The fourth volume in this adaptation of Homer's epic details the end of Odysseus's captivity on Calypso's island, his wife Penelope's confrontations with prospective suitors at home in Ithaca, and his son Telemachus's journey to find him. Osborne combines different sections of the original to present a more linear story and pulls together various examples of how Athena helps both father and son. While there's plenty of action here, the characters and their motivations remain a bit distant, which suits the tale's mythic nature. Those unfamiliar with Greek myths will appreciate the appended descriptions of the gods and goddesses, pronunciation guide, and source notes, while the large print will attract newly independent readers. A map and labeled sketches of the deities appear on the endpapers. Osborne's occasional use of formal Homeric language (e.g., "wine-dark" waves, "prized heifer," and the dawn's "rosy fingers") allows her to stay true to the original tone, but it may be confusing for her audience. Purchase this where the series is popular.-Beth L. Meister, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Flushing, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786809318
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
09/30/2003
Series:
Tales from the Odyssey Series , #4
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.87(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author


Mary Pope Osborne (www.marypopeosborne.com) is the author of the best-selling series The Magic Tree House. She has also written many acclaimed retellings of myths and folktales and works of historical fiction.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Goshen, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
May 20, 1949
Place of Birth:
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Education:
B.A., University of North Carolina
Website:
http://www.marypopeosborne.com

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