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TALES FROM THE ODYSSEY by Mary Pope Osborne

TALES FROM THE ODYSSEY

The One-Eyed Giant

By Mary Pope Osborne

Age Range: 8 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-7868-0770-9
Publisher: Hyperion

The author of the Magic Tree House series brings the Odyssey to an only slightly older audience with these retold episodes from books nine and ten of the original. Though keeping a connection to Homer’s language with references to “rosy dawn” and the “wine dark” sea, she tells the tales in formal, simply phrased prose—beginning and ending with introductions to the Greek gods, covering the Trojan War in a few pages, then taking Odysseus and his dwindling crew past the land of the Lotus Eaters, Polyphemus the Cyclops, and the squandered gift of Aeolus, god of the winds. Between the same front and back matter the adventures (these from books 10 and 11) continue in Book Two: Land of the Dead (ISBN: 0-7868-0771-7) and a third, at least, is on the horizon. Odysseus’s longing for home and family is the thread that binds these timeless tales together—that and a crowd-pleasing succession of vividly rendered man-crunching monsters. Lots of white space and slightly larger typeface make these look just right for the chapter book crowd; read alone or aloud, these will leave an audience rapt and eager for more. A terrific idea, masterfully executed. (source note; map and illustrations, not seen) (Folktale. 8-10)