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Return to Ithaca (Tales from the Odyssey #5)

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After seven years of captivity on Calypso's island, Odysseus finds himself on the shores of yet another strange land. Meanwhile, his wife, Penelope, fears for their son, Telemachus. His enemies-Penelope's unwanted suitors-plan to ambush and kill Telemachus upon his return from his journey to find Odysseus. But the family's years of suffering come to an end, as father and s ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Hyperion Book CH
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Kirsty White
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the fifth book in the Mary Pope Osborne's translation of Homer’s The Odyssey. Odysseus journey is nearly at an end and this book sees him finally being released from his island prison and making his way home. The story is interwoven with that of a new character Eperitus, not in the original saga but added as a best friend foil to add some more drama to the story. Eperitus blames Odysseus for the death of his wife and child but struggles with his anger towards that and his love of his bes
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Corinne
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
Stan
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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.
Breanna Riley
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lib-428
Great illustrations throughout the books, just wish they were bigger... Thought it was very easy to read and still had all the right contexts to make it a Homer tale. Very well edited book for young reader's who can enjoy Homer centuries later.
Dolly
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Shelli
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
Shelly Furuness
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Aliraluna
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a great serie. But hey! I wanted to know how penelope react when she saw Odysseus !
Jennifer
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sophie
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was such a good book I hope that I can read it again and again because it is so good of a book
Shannon
03/16: Excellent series. Perfect first study of the Odyssey for little ones.
FYI: #5 is hard to come by.
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Martin
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i leke this book
Nicole
Read aloud with the 4 year old.
Theresa
a great collection of stories written for the elementary level reader
San Frazier
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Nathaniel
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I liked it.
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It is very different to see the stories in more than one series.
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