Isis and Osiris: To the Ends of the Earth

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Osiris is the greatest king and god of the Land of the Nile. He is a generous ruler, and the people love and worship him—along with his wife and queen, the goddess Isis. But Osiris's jealous brother Set has a terrible plan to get rid of Osiris forever and take his place on the Egyptian throne. Will Egypt suffer under an evil tyrant? Or can Isis use her magic and her love to save Osiris and conquer Set?
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Overview

Osiris is the greatest king and god of the Land of the Nile. He is a generous ruler, and the people love and worship him—along with his wife and queen, the goddess Isis. But Osiris's jealous brother Set has a terrible plan to get rid of Osiris forever and take his place on the Egyptian throne. Will Egypt suffer under an evil tyrant? Or can Isis use her magic and her love to save Osiris and conquer Set?
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Amy Luedtke
Contemporary readers can discover the wonder of ancient stories through the eye-catching artwork and fast-paced storytelling of this series. Retelling myths is a daunting task, as so many different versions exist. Purists might cringe at some of the liberties that the authors take in making these stories their own, but the series is true to the spirit of these classic tales. Each volume also contains a list of further reading and Web sites to encourage readers to do their own research. At times the dialogue is annoyingly modern, such as when one young character sarcastically says, "Whatever," but these occasional missteps do not significantly detract from the overall quality. The best titles combine the text and images to convey excitement and emotion. In Isis and Osiris, Isis is a fierce heroine, and the story of her love for and devotion to Osiris is compelling. Illustrator Witt even manages to portray the young falcon-headed god Horus as a comical yet sweet character. In an especially touching scene, Horus stops his grief-stricken mother Isis from unfairly punishing a mortal. Likewise The Trojan Horse evokes the feelings of weariness and despair experienced by both soldiers and civilians living through a long and bloody war. The authors also do an admirable job of condensing the complicated plot so that readers new to the story can learn about the main characters and events. Other series titles represent the myths of Atalanta, Hercules, Demeter and Persephone, and more.
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
A clever beginning draws the reader into the story. As the book opens, Goddess Isis is talking to her new son, Dactyl, telling him that one day he will be strong and wise like his father, who is loved by all except for one...his jealous brother. She has great powers and as she lays him down in a bed of fire where he will be given strength, she sings a song that tells how she came to the hearth, how her husband was tricked, and how she searches for him. During her travels Isis stays at the home of a king and queen. She offers to keep the queen's son for the night and bestow great things upon him. But when the queen opens the door unannounced during the night she breaks the power of Isis and now must accept the fact that her son will always be sick and weak. Isis continues her search and finds the sarcophagus where her husband had been placed and died, but the jealous brother will not have this and steals him once again, and hides his body where no one can find him. Isis is brokenhearted when she realizes that she must start all over again to find the man she loves. Many help her and once again he is brought back where the ceremony of restoring him back to life begins. This book is written in graphic format, which is a favorite of mine! It makes it perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will also enjoy the graphics and fast-paced text. The full-color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. The author includes a colored box on most pages that includes narration, giving extra information to the reader to help with comprehension. Vocabulary has been well selectedand this book is an excellent resource that could be used for writing a summary, a book report, or a source for research. The author includes a glossary with a pronunciation guide and a list of other books and Web sites that might be of interest to the reader. I highly recommend this book, which is part of the "Graphic Myths and Legends" series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822564829
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Graphic Myths and Legends Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 400,589
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: GN530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Limke was raised in North Dakota. His Graphic Myths and Legends work includes King Arthur: Excalibur Unsheathed, Isis & Osiris: To the Ends of the Earth, Thor & Loki: In the Land of Giants, Jason: Quest for the Golden Fleece, Theseus: Battling the Minotaur, and Arthur & Lancelot: The Fight for Camelot. Other stories have been published by Caliber Comics, Arrow Comics, and Kenzer and Company.

David Witt is the illustrator of Isis & Osiris: To the Ends of the Earth and The Hero Twins: Against the Lords of Death (Graphic Myths and Legends), and Captured by Pirates (Twisted Journeys).

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