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Voyage to the Pharos

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  28 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Dino has a dream. As a boy growing up on the small island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean, he has heard about a lighthouse far away across the sea in Alexandria, Egypt. But it isn't just any lighthouse. It is the Pharos, one of the tallest buildings in all the world - with statues of gods and great kings, and at the very top a giant, roaring bonfire that guides ships from m ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by Viking Juvenile (first published 2009)
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For children who want to learn more about ancient times, this is a wonderful book to begin the journey. In fact, I would suggest it before tackling lighter child versions of Troy and Alexander, as it provides a stepping stone while using one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Completed in 285 B.C., the lighthouse of Pharos must have been a magnificent wonder to behold. The first Ptolemies were responsible for the construction, and the winding tower stood for over 1,700 years until earthq
Feb 22, 2010 Phoebe rated it liked it
A sometimes-too-wordy picture book detailing the adventures at sea of a young boy who is allowed to go along on a voyage to Alexandria. His father is the ship's cook, and young Dino is thrilled to accompany him and get a good look at the famed Pharos lighthouse. Attractive, often full page art conveys the action and a note at the end of the book tells more of the story of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Third grade and up.
Jeremiah Benjamin
We borrowed this book for Classical Conversations Cycle 1.

My 6, 4 and 2 year olds all loved this book! The story was excellent and the older two recognized many places and people they had learned about in Classical Conversations such as Rhodes, Alexandria, the Mediterranean Sea, Alexander the Great, and 2 of the 7 wonders. Additionally they were introduced to the perils of traveling at sea and why lighthouses were such a critical invention for early seafarers.

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Susie White
Voyage to the Pharos is the story of Dino on his first adventure aboard Hermes, the ship his father is a cook for. Set in ancient Greece, Dino anxiously awaits their arrival in Alexandria to see the famous Pharos lighthouse. All the while, Dino must take on responsibilities to help the crew make it to Alexandria safely and ends up being the eyes that guides them into the shore. The book ends with the crew on land in Alexandria, but hardly goes into detail about the Pharos, which is what Dino had ...more
May 21, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
This book with it's catching illustrations, give a boy's eye view of what it might have been like to be an ancient Greek, sailing on a merchant ship. It's a gentle story with mild peril, just perfect for a child who wants a happy ending. The storm may be a tad scary for younger kids, but it resolves happily. The boy is a positive social role model (thankfully the text is not moralizing, just good natured), as he finds ways to help about the ship without being asked, and his good works help the s ...more
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I saw "Voyage to the Pharos" at the library and snatched it up. Loving history myself, I was thinking that this story would be a great introduction to the ancient world for my 7 y.o. old son.

The story is about a boy whose father is a cook for sailing vessels. He has grown up on the Isle of Rhodes hearing the tales of exotic places from his father. He longs to see these marvels, particularly Alexandria, with it's Pharos lighthouse-- one of the wonders of the ancient world. (It remains THE tallest
May 04, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library last week. He liked the lighthouse on the cover.

For a book that features both brigands and a storm at sea, this book is a bit of a snore. I think the writing is just too dense for a picture book. The illustrations, on the other hand, are wonderful and wonderfully done.

Jul 24, 2013 Samantha rated it it was ok
A story about the Pharos lighthouse, one of the tallest structures in the world at almost 400 ft tall.

An author's note follows the story and contains information that entices readers to further explore this subject. Grades 3-5.
Dec 12, 2013 Monique rated it really liked it
The perfect book to accompany the study of Alexander the Great, Alexandria, and the Pharos. My son and I enjoyed it after listening to the Story of the World -- Ancient Times -- audio book.
May 03, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
Just a tad too wordy for a picture book.
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