Monday, December 24, 2012

The Odyssey by Gillian Cross - ESSENTIAL

Cross, Gillian The Odyssey, illustrated by Neil Packer, 170 p. Candlewick, 2012.  $20.  Violence: G (mentioned, never described).  

Cross and Packer have combined to created a super edition of The Odyssey that will engage readers on many levels.  While all of the action is there, neither the words nor the illustrations add gratuitous violence or other content, allowing the reader to become familiar with all of the characters and action of Homer’s epic.  I would strongly suggest this book to any teacher who wants to familiarize their students to the story before they delve into the rich language of the original.  What a great way to be introduced to a classic.  

This would be a great version to use for a variety of class activities.

EL, MS, HS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher 

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