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The Wooden Horse of Troy
     

The Wooden Horse of Troy

by Cari Meister (Retold by), Nick Harris (Illustrator)
 

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Odysseus and the Greeks had been fighting the Trojans for 10 years before something finally happpened. Odysseus came up with a brilliant idea! Will Odysseus plan put an end to the war? Or will the Greeks and trojans fight another 10 years?

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Odysseus and the Greeks had been fighting the Trojans for 10 years before something finally happpened. Odysseus came up with a brilliant idea! Will Odysseus plan put an end to the war? Or will the Greeks and trojans fight another 10 years?

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
The Trojans and Greeks have been fighting over Helen, wife of Greek king, Menelaus. In spite of many years of fighting, Troy's walls keep out the Greek soldiers. Odysseus comes up with a clever idea to get inside the city: a wooden horse. Odysseus gets the idea from his friend who is carving a small wooden horse. The friend shows Odysseus a secret compartment on the horse's belly. Later in the night, Odysseus dreams of a much larger horse with a special compartment where the men hide. He knows this plan can end the war, so the building of the large, special horse begins. The Greeks trick the Trojans into allowing the horse to go inside the city's walls. Once inside, the horse and Greeks surprise attack the Trojans. Odysseus' men rob the temple of Athena and as punishment, Athena sends Odysseus and his men wandering for ten years. This retelling spends much time focusing on the horse which is good preparation for this well-known battle. However, it is unfortunate that the battle receives scant attention. This retelling could encourage readers in second through fourth grade to find out more about this battle; other resources appear at the book's end. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—These picture-book retellings are useful for libraries lacking material on Greek myths. The most popular tales of heroes and gods are included, as are stories about the Trojan War. Each book is heavily illustrated, with the text captured in neat boxes. While some of the titles, such as Pandora's Vase, add dialogue or character motivations that make the stories feel stilted or even silly, Odysseus and the Cyclops and Wooden Horse of Troy work particularly well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781404866706
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Series:
Capstone Greek Myths Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,292,260
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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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