When Odysseus is summoned to fight in the Trojan War, he never thought that it would take him almost 10 years to return to his family on their home of Ithaca. With cunning and ingenuity, Odysseus manages to win a victory for Greece over Troy, but on the way back, he angers one too many of the great Gods of Olympus, thus delaying his journey home. This first book covers the first of his many blunders, particularly with the Cyclops and the God Poseidon.
I really enjoyed this series. Mary Pope Osborne is renowned for bringing history to life for young children. Her “Jack and Annie” books are one that I am asked for on a daily basis. (That’s the Magic Tree House Books if you’re uncertain). The Tales from the Odyssey do a wonderful job of simplifying an epic saga into an entertaining format for young readers. The story is well paced, with just enough action to keep the reader interested. Its missing much of the history and emotion that so well covered in the lengthier versions of the tale. This book is very cut and dry with the details. I didn’t love it, but I think young readers will want to seek out more about Odysseus, the Greek Gods and Greek mythology in general. Although the audience for these books are a bit younger than the Percy Jackson crowd, I would suggest it on the same booklist or for reader’s advisory. Reader’s of this series will have a better understanding and appreciation of the Greek Gods that are mentioned in the Percy Jackson series.
I’m hopeful we’ll see another series like this for Virgil’s The Aeneid.
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- The One-Eyed Giant
- The Land of the Dead
- Sirens and Sea Monsters
- The Gray-Eyed Goddess
- Return to Ithaca
- The Final Battle
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