Ancient Greece, revisited

I found some more books that I plan to add as readers when we do Greece.  They are Tales from the Odyssey, by Mary Pope Osborne (author of the Magic Tree House books).  Emily loves the Magic Tree House books, so she’ll probably enjoy the style.  They review really well, and I’d actually really wanted to cover the story of the Odyssey as I think it’s such a crucial book when you’re learning about Greece.  The stories are fun and memorable, too, which I think makes them well-suited to being adapted for kids.  I still think, whenever I eat something hot, of Odysseus and his men being so hungry when they ate the Cyclops’ meat that they burned their hands and mouths and didn’t care, because they were that hungry.  Or the part where he had his men plug their ears but he didn’t and had his men tie him to the mast, because he wanted to know what the Siren’s song sounded like.  Etc.  I think the combination of Greek Myths (Sonlight already includes this), Aesop’s Fables, and the Odyssey gives a really good glimpse into some of the literature that we value the most from ancient Greece.

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