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Oct
03

TALES FROM THE ODYSSEY: A fabulous series for kids!

Looking for a way to get your kids "hooked on Classics" without boring them to tears? Look no further! The "Tales from the Odyssey" series delivers exciting and authentic content, and is well written to boot.  Not surprising coming from Mary Pope Osborne, author of the well-known Magic Tree House series.  Osborne has selected her favourite tales from Homer's Odyssey, and has retold them in vivid and accessible language for kids.  Best of all, the stories are not dummied down and keep quite close to the original text.

I read the six books out loud to my kids over a few weeks.  Each book is quite short, so this was very manageable.  We have also listened to the audio book version in the car several times, as it makes for good entertainment on longer drives. Over the last couple of years, Greek myths have  become "in" with the Tween set.  Witness the success of the "Percy Jackson" series, which my eldest daughter went on to devour after this Odyssey series.  Just in case your kids needed any more proof that a good Classic never goes out of style!

Recommended:  Ages 6-10.There is a six-volume series, and a larger two-volume paperback series available.  I believe the two-volume paperback contains the six volumes.  You may also want to check out the audio book. Let me know what you and your kids think!

P.S.: For adults and older kids: Homer’s Odyssey is a Classic worth reading again and again, not only for its great stories filled with adventures and mythical creatures, but also for its beautiful poetry.

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