The Trojan Horse: The Fall of Troy: A Greek Legend

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For ten years, the battle raged. Thousands of ancient Greece's best warriors battled their enemies, the Trojans, in a desperate attempt to win back King Meneleus's beautiful wife, Helen. After a decade of fighting and thousands dead, the Greek forces suddenly fell back. Cautiously the Trojans ventured out of the city walls, where they discovered a giant wooden horse and a messenger. Should they accept this peace offering? Or is the gift horse too good to be true?
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Overview

For ten years, the battle raged. Thousands of ancient Greece's best warriors battled their enemies, the Trojans, in a desperate attempt to win back King Meneleus's beautiful wife, Helen. After a decade of fighting and thousands dead, the Greek forces suddenly fell back. Cautiously the Trojans ventured out of the city walls, where they discovered a giant wooden horse and a messenger. Should they accept this peace offering? Or is the gift horse too good to be true?
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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
This is indeed a delightful legend about the battle between the Greeks and the Trojans. Greeks were battling to get back the beautiful wife of King Menelaus, and the war had been going on for ten years. When the Greeks suddenly dropped back for no reason, the Trojans couldn't believe their luck. The gates to the city were opened, and there stood a huge wooden horse bigger than anything they had ever seen. Why in the world would the Greeks have built such a magnificent gift for them, the enemy? Kids will have to read the book to find how Athena, a two-headed serpent, a curse made by Poseidon, and the secret found inside the wooden horse ended the battle that lasted a decade. 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 selected and 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: 9780822564843
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Graphic Myths and Legends Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 362,761
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron and Justine Fontes have written many kinds of books for many publishers, including Sunjata: Warrior King of Mali, Atalanta: The Race Against Destiny, The Trojan Horse: The Fall of Troy, and Demeter & Persephone: Spring Held Hostage in the Graphic Myths and Legends series (Graphic Universe™) and Captured by Pirates in the Twisted Journeys™ series (Graphic Universe™). Ron has a background in commercial writing and worked at Marvel Comics in the 1980s. He and his wife Justine have their own imprint, Sonic Comics.

Gordon Purcell has had an extensive comic career, with credits including five different crews of Star Trek, The X-Files, Silver Sable, Superman, JLA, Robin, Aquaman, Flash, Wonder Man, Avengers, Lost in Space, Soulsearchers, and Xena. He's currently drawing issues of Flare for Heroic, Justice League Unlimited for DC, as well as biography comics. He lives in the frozen tundra of Minnesota with his wife and son.

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    I bought this graphic novel for my classroom with the boys in mind. They loved it! The story is clear and the pictures are colorful, with no objectionable content. The boys have used this as a springboard to other myths and legends.

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