Sirens and Sea Monsters (Tales from the Odyssey Series #3)

Sirens and Sea Monsters (Tales from the Odyssey Series #3)

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by Mary Pope Osborne, Troy Howell
     
 

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Odysseus and his men have done what no other mortals have done: returned alive from the Land of the Dead. Now Odysseus is determined to finally sail home to Ithaca. But the enchantress Circe tells him that the Greeks will face even more horrors on their journey, including an encounter with Scylla, the six-headed monster, and Charybdis, the deadly whirlpool. Who will… See more details below

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Odysseus and his men have done what no other mortals have done: returned alive from the Land of the Dead. Now Odysseus is determined to finally sail home to Ithaca. But the enchantress Circe tells him that the Greeks will face even more horrors on their journey, including an encounter with Scylla, the six-headed monster, and Charybdis, the deadly whirlpool. Who will survive these terrors -- and how?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For graduates of D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, these books deftly distill episodes from Homer's epic, pared down into easily absorbed, swiftly paced adventures," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 8-11. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Good tales should be told over and over to all ages. Homer knew that when he first wrote The Iliad and The Odyssey. Now Osborne carries on this tradition with a series of books all containing tales from this classic for young readers. Although it is a paperback�and very affordable�the book's format is classic. with large, readable type, a detailed, old style map of Odysseus' journey and the black-and-white illustration of his ship at every chapter beginning, as well as fine drawings of the Greek gods at the book's end. The prologue, chapters at the end of the book about gods and goddesses of ancient Greece, Homer, plus pronunciation guides to main and secondary gods are all very helpful. The particular tales in this book include Circe, Scylla and Charybdis, the island of the Sun God, the Land of the Dead, Cyclops and Calypso. Particularly poignant is the horrible isolation in which Odysseus finds himself at this book's end. Readers who yearn for more after Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter should be steered by grandparents, parents, teachers and librarians toward these ageless stories. 2003, Hyperion Paperbacks for Children, Ages 8 to 12.
— Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 3-9-Closely following Book 12 of the Odyssey, Osborne relates the tale of Odysseus and his men as they travel back from the Land of the Dead to Circe's Island. Circe warns Odysseus of dangers ahead; he and his men soldier on to the seas of the monster Scylla, where six men are viciously eaten, as Circe had foretold. Heeding her words, Odysseus tries to talk his men out of stopping at Helios's island, but they insist, defying the gods by eating Helios's cattle, resulting in their deaths. Odysseus is left alone, floating through the seas, until he lands on the shores of Calypso's island. Osborne presents a readable version of the old story, retaining Homeric refrains and using the descriptive language found in better translations. The story is not modernized, yet will appeal to today's readers. The book includes a helpful map, and end matter such as a pronunciation guide, a list of the major gods and goddesses, sources, and information about Homer and his works. Young readers will find the adventures of Odysseus intriguing, and reluctant middle- to high-school readers could gain access to the Odyssey through this series.-Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786807727
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
Tales from the Odyssey Series, #3
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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