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  • Title: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy
  • Author: Padraic Colum
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Travel back to a mythical time when Achilles, aided by the gods, waged war against the Trojans And join Odysseus on his journey through murky waters, facing obstacles like the terrifying Scylla and whirring Charybdis, the beautiful enchantress Circe, and the land of the raging Cycl 244 pes Using narrative threads from The Iliad and The Odyssey, Padraic Colum weavesTravel back to a mythical time when Achilles, aided by the gods, waged war against the Trojans And join Odysseus on his journey through murky waters, facing obstacles like the terrifying Scylla and whirring Charybdis, the beautiful enchantress Circe, and the land of the raging Cycl 244 pes Using narrative threads from The Iliad and The Odyssey, Padraic Colum weaves a stunning adventure with all the drama and power that Homer intended.
    The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy Travel back to a mythical time when Achilles aided by the gods waged war against the Trojans And join Odysseus on his journey through murky waters facing obstacles like the terrifying Scylla and wh

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    1. This is the perfect ORAL reading for young children The language is beautiful and very similar to the word pictures Homer displayed for his audience I recommend that adults that missed out on The Iliad and The Odyssey as students begin their TRUE education by reading this version The list of characters is HUGE so this easy to read version puts everyone is place on the stage of Ancient Greece If you have never read Greek Mythology have your smartphone off for Googling because even though the book [...]

    2. I read this child s revision of The Iliad and The Odyssey to my three children ages 7 10 We all liked this introduction to Greek literature.I was encouraged to purchase lectures on both stories from The Teaching Company The lectures have opened my mind to help prepare me for when I do read the full English translation of both stories.You are introduced to all these names you might have heard growing up Like Achilles, Paris, Hector, the Greek gods,Helen, Agamemnon,and on and on.This is a good way [...]

    3. Really good book I read this to my kids, ages 5, 9, and 10 We all really enjoyed reading this as we were studying ancient times We avoided the confusion that other reviewers have mentioned by making a little chart to put on the wall Whenever we came across someone like Paris in the story, we could refer to the chart to remind us of who that was I never read nor in all honesty do I intend to read the unabridged versions of Homer s tales This book was all the story with a little less labor in the [...]

    4. What a FANTASTIC version of Homer s Iliad and Odyssey I recommend this even to adults who don t want to put the time into the full versions of both classics It gives you a great summary that moves a little quicker, obviously My kids, well one of them 6 actually loved every minute of it The other kid 5 tolerated it well and actually followed the events better than I anticipated She liked hearing the specific tales Horse, Cyclops, the bloody battle rather than sticking around for it all She s five [...]

    5. I downloaded the a free audio version and listened to it with my children at bedtime I had never read the original Homer but I knew of the tale It was nice to hear the adventures and tales in accessible language.

    6. I really enjoyed reading Padraic Colum s The Children s Homer, a retelling originally published in 1918 of the Iliad and the Odyssey You should know from the start that it is a prose retelling The story opens by introducing readers to Telemachus, the now grown son of Odysseus When Telemachus was just a baby just a month old his father went off to war, to fight in the Trojan War The war took ten long, agonizing years But it s been over for just as many ten long years Telemachus and his mother, Pe [...]

    7. Still playing at the South Berwick Library adult summer reading challenge complete the bingo card well, that is my challenge really the challenge is just to complete one bingo column one of the harder ones for me is to listen to an audio book I don t commute really, so this is never a habit I had, and I find myself really struggling to sit still or be still long enough to get engaged in listening to a read But I have been working on a knitted elephant for a baby party soon, and that gave me some [...]

    8. This was an amazing edition The one thing that might irritate some people is that its a childrens book But its a childrens book from like 1918, so no than LoTR is a childrens book Anyway I m pretty sure all that means in this context is that the pacing is faster than in the original, some of the blood guts weird ancient times sex is taken out Pacing in ancient epics is always snail like so this might not be a negative depending on whos reading.The ancient greek esque illustrations were really g [...]

    9. Colum s text and Pogany s illustrations do justice to the epic, ancient feel of the Odyssey and the Iliad while adapting them for child readers A child who read this at the age of 9 or 10 might want to seek out the epic poems themselves at an older age If not, they would familiarize themselves with the people and stories that form part of our cultural heritage Either way, it s worth the effort.

    10. I read this with my 9 year old son for homeschool and we both really enjoyed it Colum did an excellent job of bringing the tale of Troy alive This is a great way to introduce kids or even adults to the Iliad and Odyssey in an easy to understand format When they re older, they can tackle the real thing, with familiarity with the stories thanks to this book.

    11. Required reading for my 6th grader Oh my If this is Children s Homer, I am not looking forward to the real deal in high school As much as I did enjoy this book, it is quite a bit above the reading comprehension level of my 6th grader So glad the audio version was available to him to listen to AND follow along in the book with it.

    12. Good, but some of the language was a little hard to understand For example, She spoke to him as a princess should, seeing that in spite of the evil plight he was in, he was a man of worth Stranger, she said, Since though hast come to our land, thou shalt not lack for raiment nor aught else that is given to a suppliant I will show thee the way to the town also.

    13. AWESOME Finally the tale of Odysseus in a language I can actually understand The plot is surprisingly interesting

    14. I loved learning from this classic story The battle scenes almost lost me other than the Trojan Horse , but the adventures of Odysseus and his will to return to his family was wonderful I loved the characters in this book, the son, the wife, and Odysseus and the way they stayed fiercely loyal to one another Someday I would like to read the originals, but this audiobook was perfect for all of us to be introduced to these great stories.

    15. This is my favorite of Padraic Colum s books based on ancient mythology and Greek literature The story of the Trojan War and Odysseus wanderings is captivatingly presented here in language plain enough for children to understand, but never oversimplified If you are intimidated by the original Homer, this is an excellent place to start.

    16. It won t be long before I am finished reading this out loud to my 9 and 6 year old sons, and it has held them rapt This is an abridged consolidation of the Iliad and the Odyssey in prose with some archaic vocabulary, but not overwhelmingly so and the additional vocabulary is a bonus for my sons.

    17. Probably the best version of this story I have ever read There are beautiful pictures inside and the writing is thankfully not romantic or heavily graphic It seems to be aimed for preteens but as an older teen, I enjoyed this book very much.

    18. Aimed at kids, The Children s Homer tells the story of the Iliad and the Odyssey Given that those are pretty exciting books, it s just incredble to me how utterly boring the majority of the book is It is also written in a way that makes it very awkward to read aloud If it was the only choice for telling these stories to kids, I d recommend it, but since there are other much better choices, I really do not.

    19. I ve never read the regular version of the Iliad or Odyssey so I can t compare this to that, but I thought, on its own, it was an engaging and exciting tale The kids half read, half listened to it, because the reading was a bit difficult at times with its older style of language and vocabulary, lots of thee s and thou s, but they could still follow the main plot It was fun to hear the original stories of myths mentioned in the Percy Jackson series makes me wonder how much or less I would have e [...]

    20. Whew If I did this again, I think I would get an audio version The translator author of this version clearly did not like commas With complex syntax at times, and sentences that can wrap several lines of text, a few commas here and there would have really really helped this mom and her kids keep the flow of thought together during this read aloud.That said, it was a good version for my 3rd and 6th graders who were new to Homer other than very simplified picture book versions This was our middle [...]

    21. This children s version was used to introduce my fifth grade class to Homer, a.k.a the greatest author ever to have lived Now, naturally, being a stickler purist, I had countless issues with leaving out this that or the other thing In the desire to protect the children won t somebody think of the children from the shocking elements of The Illiad and the Odyssey, Padraic Colum removed the teeth from certain scenes I am of the Grimm s fairy tale school of thought, but the fact of the matter is, [...]

    22. I read this with my son now 8 over the course of one school year We finished in the summer We read it slowly, sometimes only 2 pages at a time, and he had many questions which I took the time to answer I could not be pleased It s an excellent primer not only on the main cast of characters, the myths, and the epic form oh my god, how long is this story but also on ancient Greek geography Plus, what a wonderful memory I can t say how much he will retain, but at least he has the foundation Every p [...]

    23. Padraic Colum s retelling of the Illiad and Odyssey which he restructures ever so slightly to make it all one tale is oddly less ambitious in scope than the pre cursor book THE GOLDEN FLEECE AND THE HEROES WHO LIVED BEFORE ACHILLES His usual blend of simple poetry and faux achaic language is in full form, however, and he frequently manages to capture the best parts of the Illiad and Odyssey while glossing over the problematic or less interesting areas particularly in regards to the lengthy battl [...]

    24. A good retelling of The Odyssey in prose Great line drawings throughout I wonder about the differences in various retellings, which is accurate to original Wish he didn t write the dialogue in older English with thees and thous When someone tells a story, however, they speak normally Didn t enjoy it as much as I did in high school, maybe because this time I was aware of the the great number of people who die in this story quite appalling when you think about it This version is appropriate for c [...]

    25. Listened to the audio version, and I didn t care much for it Narrator s voice changed often, and not just because he was using a different voice for a different character Pacing was off, and didn t seem to fit the narrative Sometimes the narrator sounded as if he were telling a bedtime story to a child, but then at other times, his voice was even I think those who are coming to the story for the first time will enjoy reading the printed version, but I wonder why standard English wasn t used Why [...]

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