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

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

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by Emily Little, Michael Eagle
     
 

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This series of affordable paperbacks offers an appealing variety of fiction and nonfiction by such popular authors as Jean Marzollo, Joyce Milton, Richard Scarry, and Joanna Cole—all carefully geared to the particular reading level of the reader. Using large, bright, full-page pictures and repetition to reinforce word comprehension, the Early Step Into Reading

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This series of affordable paperbacks offers an appealing variety of fiction and nonfiction by such popular authors as Jean Marzollo, Joyce Milton, Richard Scarry, and Joanna Cole—all carefully geared to the particular reading level of the reader. Using large, bright, full-page pictures and repetition to reinforce word comprehension, the Early Step Into Reading level is perfect for the just-beginning set. While Step 1 uses the same large type, this level offers greater story lines and more words per page. Step 2 moves into more complicated stories with an expanded vocabulary, and in Step 3, readers encounter paragraphs of text and a denser plot line. By Step 4, the books have chapters and feature many thrilling nonfiction topics. Grade 2 - Grade 4.

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School Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394996745
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 5 Book
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 5 Book) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Imbizetbizet More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.