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The Land of the Dead (Tales from the Odyssey #2)
Odysseus and his men have defeated the one-eyed giant, but its curse follows them at every turn. Cast out to the open seas by the wind god, Odysseus and his fleet continue the difficult journey home. But they cannot return to Ithaca yet. First they must take on giant cannibals and outwit a beautiful witch, who reveals Odysseus' next challenge - a journey to the mysterious ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Hyperion
(first published 2002)
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Aug 26, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is the second book in the six-book series, Tales from the Odyssey by Mary Pope Osborne and Troy Howell. This story starts off bloody and then proceeds to get worse. Poor Odysseus. I was a bit afraid that our girls would have nightmares, but they took the story in stride. The second half of the story was a wee bit less gory, but overall, this was an exciting and intense tale. We are looking forward to the next book.
Feb 04, 2016 Corinne rated it really liked it
In this second installment of the Odyssey, Odysseus has just been blown far away from home, where he'd nearly arrived for a minute there. What a shame he angered that Cyclops and got on the bad side of the Gods! In this book, we meet Circe, that crazy enchantress who turns soldiers into pigs, we travel to the land of the dead to get some not-really-helpful advice and we also meet more than one group of cannibals. Very sad - but incredibly entertaining to my 7 year old son. He begs to be read thi ...more
These take about 20 minutes for me to read, and it takes my 4th grader about an hour. It keeps him reading, and it's not too much of a time investment for me to be able to discuss the book with him after. A HIGHLY recommended series for kids in grades 2-4. Osborne breaks down about two Odyssey adventures into each book in the series and provides a glossary of Greek gods and some background on Homer & the Odyssey. It's really a perfect level for independent reading for my 9-year-old.
Odysseus's saga continues. In this book he must save his men from Circe who has turned half of them into swine. After he has conquered Circe he must go to the land of the dead, a journey no mortal has made, to learn from Tiresias how to return to Ithaca, his home. While there he also encounters Achilles whom he praises as a prince among the dead. Achilles responds he would rather be a servant to a poor man among the living than king of kinds among the dead.
This is part two of Mary Pope Osborne's translation of Homer’s The Odyssey to a level that elementary age students can read and enjoy. The Odysseus's cursed journey to his homeland of Ithaca continues and the action grows more intense; making this an exciting read that kids will love! A perfect read aloud for intermediate teachers wanting additional resources that help to expose their students to Greek Mythology.
Really well done retelling of The Odyssey. A quick read (read in the car while my daughter was running into the store for /just 5 minutes/. The story is simplified, but not dumbed down. I'm going to give my 3rd grade grandson the series to start.
The Odyssey in 25 words or less. Well, maybe Mary Pope Osborne used a few more than 25 words, but she sure used them effectively. This story zips along with a cliff-hanger at the end of every chapter. If reluctant readers don't pick this one up they're really missing out!
Odesseus is desperate to get home but after he is attacked by giants that wreck all his ships but one, he doesn't think he can make it home. When they find a nice land, they find out it is ruled by the goddess Cire. She puts a spell but Odesseus is given magical plant by Hermes that makes it so the spell won't work so she takes back the spell. Hermes tells Odesseus that he has to go to the land of the dead, no mortal has come back from the land of the dead. There he finds a blind prophet named w ...more
My students love these books. They are around a late 3rd grade level. I'll never forget a 5th grade boy who came in the my classroom at lunch and said, "I know I'm not supposed to be here right now, but I had to tell you what happened. He saw the ghost of his mother!" He then went on to read the part that shocked him to me. Amazing, considering this boy was reading around an early 2nd grade level just a few months earlier.
Mary Pope Osborne has channeled a lifelong love of exploration and travel into one of the most popular children’s book series of the past two decades. With her fantastic Magic Tree House series, Mary Pope Osborne keeps the good times rolling for kids all over the world.More about Mary Pope Osborne...
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