Retold by Padraic Colum
Illustrated by Willy Pogany
Master storyteller Padraic Colum beautifully captures the timeless adventure of Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey as he weaves the ancient story afresh for young ears and hearts.
First, we follow Odysseus’s son Telemachus into the hall of King Menelaus and Queen Helen, she whose face launched a thousand ships. From them we hear of the great battle that was the Trojan War, of the bravery of soldiers and princes on both sides of the walled city, and of the cleverness and craft of the Trojan Horse with which the Greeks won the war.
And then we learn how tragedy stuck Odysseus, how through a single act of disrespect to a powerful god, Odysseus was cast upon unfriendly seas and made to wander for 20 long years, as his wife Penelope struggled to postpone remarriage and his son searched in near-despair for a father he’d never known.
These adventures have woven themselves into the very fabric of our history and culture since they were first told over two thousand years ago — and this book is a wonderful way to introduce children to them.