Book Nook: Odysseus


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I am a fan of the classics, so when I saw Ancient Myths: The Voyages of Odysseus by Sue Reid at the library, I excitedly showed it to the kids. They were already familiar with Odysseus and the story of Polyphemus from another book, and they were happy to read more. This book goes through the trials Odysseus encounters on his voyage back to Ithaca, presenting The Odyssey in a way they can understand. For me, it also presented an opportunity to discuss religious differences. As I hoped, the children love the book and have even taken to acting out parts of it, such as defeating Scylla. I’ve no doubt this book has been helpful in introducing them to Homer so they’ll be ready to read the originals when older.


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