***Tales from the Odysseey
Book 1: The One-Eyed Giant
Book 2: The Land of the Dead
Book 3: Sirens and Sea Monsters
by Mary Pope Osborne
Reviewed November 24, 2003.
Hyperion Books for Children, New York, 2002-2003. 105 pages each.
Available on Amazon.com for $4.99 each in paperback.
Available at Sembach Library (J 883.01 OSB).
Tales from the Odyssey
are simple and clear retellings of
the story of The Odyssey
by Mary Pope Osborne, the author of The
series, suitable for kids ready for easy chapter books.
The story’s all there, admittedly with plenty of violence and tragedy.
Mary Pope Osborne acknowledges Odysseus’ longing for home and his sorrow
as, one by one, his companions are killed.
Of course this is a classic story, referred to again and again in literature.
I appreciated a chance to read the story in a clear and simple form, to more
easily understand what happened when. This is easy, quick reading and
an exciting story. I think young kids can be proud after reading these
books to know these classic legends.
The story of The Odyssey
isn’t finished with these three volumes,
but these are the three we have at the library so far.
Here’s an exciting story that’s also educational. Mary Pope Osborne
has done a good job of making this story accessible to younger readers.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
All rights reserved.
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