the adventures of odysseus

June 29, 2012

The Adventures of Odysseus  by Hugh Lupton, Daniel Morden, and Christina Balit

When I first discovered this book a few weeks ago, I got really excited. I read all the reviews on amazon and thought that maybe this would be something Juliet and I could read together.

After looking at it, though, I think we'll still have to wait a few years. It's gorgeous and wonderful and does justice to the original for sure, but at the end of the day, it is still a bit too mature for a 5 year old (in my opinion--or at least for my 5 year old.)

I had convinced myself that it was fine until I got to the part where Odysseus stabs the cyclop's eye with a burning stake and I realized, we probably needed to wait a few more years. :)

However, if you have older children or even high schoolers--we read the Odyssey in 9th grade when I was growing up and when I taught 9th grade, I taught it to several hundred squirrelly little freshman.

Mostly, they liked it--even if it was hard for them to understand--because it has a lot of action to keep them tuned in, but I was thinking that this book would really help those that struggled with understanding the plot.

The illustrations help tell the story, add to the details, and the text itself is easier to read than what is usually found in school textbooks.

I would definitely love to add this to our home library in a few years when my girls are ready to read it. 

1 comment:

Whitney @ Pen Pals and Picture Books said...

Hi, I'm catching up on my commenting as you see :). Noah and I (that's my husband) have a plan to read all the classics we missed when our kids hit them in high school. It was his idea actually, and I kind of think it's great -- we'll be involved with the school stuff and we'll be learning too-- hope our kids high school reads different stuff than each of ours did.

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