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Return to Ithaca (Tales from the Odyssey #5)

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After struggling against the gods and his fate for more than twenty years, Odysseus has returned to Ithaca at last. But things have changed: what used to be his island has been overrun by suitors who clamor for his wife's hand in marriage and plague his son, Telemachus. With the help of the gray-eyed goddess, Athena, Odysseus and Telemachus must set out to regain control o ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Hyperion (first published June 1st 2004)
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Oh, some tender moments in this installment. Odysseus, under the watchcare of the Goddess Athena, finally makes it home to his beloved Ithaca. He finally gets a sense of the state of his kingdom and every finally sees his own, grown son with his eyes. I wish you could've seen my son smiling when this happened. After four books of the son longing for the father and the father for the son, it was a glorious thing. Now they are ready to work alongside Athena to rid their ancestral home of the suito ...more
Mar 02, 2015 Stan rated it really liked it
The tales from the Odyssey series is great. The stories are told in a way that a young reader can enjoy on his own. They are not intended to be deep, but they do present the stories and adventures Odysseus encountered on his long struggle to get home from the Trojan War. Mary Pope Osborne knows how to tell a story.
Aug 26, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is the fifth book in the six-book series, Tales from the Odyssey by Mary Pope Osborne and Troy Howell. This story continues its dramatic saga, but Odysseus is finally home and there is hope for a happy ending out there on the horizon. Poor Odysseus. When we started reading this series, I was a bit afraid that our girls would have nightmares, but they took the story in stride. Overall, this was an exciting and intense saga. We are looking forward to the next (and last) book!
Aug 12, 2014 Shelli rated it really liked it
This is the fifth book in the Mary Pope Osborne's translation of Homer’s The Odyssey to a level that elementary age students can read and enjoy. Odysseus journey is nearing its final stage and compared to what he has endured thus far this leg is a piece of cake. Again the narrative bounces back and forth between Odysseus and his son until their paths finally cross after twenty long years apart. A perfect read aloud for intermediate teachers wanting additional resources that help to expose their ...more
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May 01, 2012 Shelly Furuness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Odyssey is great book. If you have not read the Odyssey you have to listen to this. He was away from his family for 20 years. He got help from a village. They have the finest ship and crew. They let him sleep in the boat but the next thing you know he's at home. A villiger helps him out, to get home becouse he can't fined his home. And I don't blame him.
Jan 23, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This one seemed to move a bit faster than the others, or maybe that was because I read it in one sitting at the dentist's office yesterday, but I enjoyed it.
03/16: Excellent series. Perfect first study of the Odyssey for little ones.
FYI: #5 is hard to come by.
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Aug 15, 2012 San Frazier rated it it was amazing
This was a great adaptation for kids to get a bit of these old stories and like i said before they read very well and any person ypung or old could get into them that are short and sweet.
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It was a great serie. But hey! I wanted to know how penelope react when she saw Odysseus !
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