Odysseus and the Cyclops

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After 10 years of battle, Odysseus and his men capture the city of Troy. They set sail for home. When they come upon an island, Odysseus is curious. He and some men climb the mountainside and enter a cave. Little do they know the cave is home to a giant Cyclopes! Will Odysseus and his men make it out alive?

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Overview

After 10 years of battle, Odysseus and his men capture the city of Troy. They set sail for home. When they come upon an island, Odysseus is curious. He and some men climb the mountainside and enter a cave. Little do they know the cave is home to a giant Cyclopes! Will Odysseus and his men make it out alive?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Odysseus, a battle-weary king, wants to return to his home but the gods decide that Odysseus should wander the world for ten years. His ship full of men land on an island and find goats to hunt down. Odysseus sees a fire in the distance and wants to know who lives on the island. He finds a hidden cave filled with cheese and milk. Odysseus wants to meet the successful shepherd who turns out to be a man-eating Cyclops named Polyphemus. Polyphemus sees these strangers hiding in the cave and decides to eat them. Odysseus knows he must outwit Polyphemus to save his men. He sees a long piece of wood and plans to defeat Polyphemus by aiming the wood at the Cyclops' eye. First Odysseus encourages the drinking of wine which makes Polyphemus sleepy. The prisoners drag out their sharpened spear and stab the eye of the sleeping Cyclops. Now blind, the Cyclops thinks he can feel his prisoners if they try to escape; but the men fool the Cyclops by hiding underneath the sheep. This retelling of one of Odysseus' adventures works well for early elementary or reluctant older readers. It also keeps focus on the events between Odysseus and his success over the Cyclops. It has just enough gore and trickery to hold the attention of elementary readers, particularly boys. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781406243031
  • Publisher: Raintree Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012

Meet the Author

Cari Meister has written more than a hundred books for children, including the "Tiny" series (Penguin) and the "Meet the Monsters" series (Stone Arch Books). She has received many awards for her books. Most recently, "Airplane Adventure" (Stone Arch Books), was named to "Parents" magazine Best Books for 2010. Cari has been fascinated by the night sky ever since she can remember. Her love of space and stars led her to Space Camp when she was growing up. Today, Cari lives in the mountains of Colorado, with her husband, four boys, two horses and one dog.

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