Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 5 Book)

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Illus. in full color. "An ancient history lesson emerges from this account of the way the Greeks tricked the Trojans and rescued Helen of Troy. The book is well tailored to younger readers with careful explanations and short sentences; a pronunciation guide is appended. Drawings portray the story's main events. A nice supplement to units on ancient Greece or mythology."—Booklist.  

Recounts how the Greeks used a wooden ...

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Overview

Illus. in full color. "An ancient history lesson emerges from this account of the way the Greeks tricked the Trojans and rescued Helen of Troy. The book is well tailored to younger readers with careful explanations and short sentences; a pronunciation guide is appended. Drawings portray the story's main events. A nice supplement to units on ancient Greece or mythology."—Booklist.  

Recounts how the Greeks used a wooden horse to win the Trojan War.

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Gr 2-4 This basic vocabulary treatment presents the Trojan War on a scale that is less than epic. The plodding present-tense voice and pedestrian style are almost definitive in the way in which they bland the story out. ``The chariots race around the battlefield. The Greeks chase the Trojans. The Trojans chase the Greeks.'' Little's fall of Troy has all of the excitement (and none of the tension) of being stuck in traffic for two hours. A much better treatment of the destruction of Troy, both in text and illustration, is James Reeves' The Trojan Horse (Watts, 1968; o.p.). Reeves maintains the Homeric narrative in a less edited form: including, for example, the death of Laacoon, which Little omits. Reeves' first-person voice creates the vivid, immediate, and dramatic effects so suitable, even necessary, to the epicand so glaringly absent from Little's bleached, textbook prose. The illustrations are representational but bland, done primarily in shades of brown, buff, and gold with touches of blue and red. The bare bones of Homer's epic is here, but it is not presented in a style that will inspire young readers. Ann Welton, Lake Dollof Elementary School, Auburn, Wash.
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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    I'm no literary critic but my daughter loves the book. I love hi

    I'm no literary critic but my daughter loves the book. I love history but she could tell me more about the Trojan War than I knew after reading it. Would I sit down to read this? Not really. For her age though (7 and in 2nd grade) it appears to be appropriate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

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    I thought this book was really good. Odysseus' strategy was tricky and clever. I like that! Greek mythological fans out there would love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 16, 2014

    A friend/ Green eyes

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