Stories from the Odyssey Told to the Children - Jeanie Lang
This short version of Homer's Odyssey is part of the Told to the Children series. It is significantly shorted, nicely illustrated, and told in a manner that is suitable for young children. The adventures of Odysseus, a Greek soldier returning from the Trojan war, begin in the land of the Lotus Eater, and continue with his encounters with Cyclopes, Circe, the Sirens, and Calypso before he returns home to Ithaca, where his faithful wife Penelope awaits him.
AND DREAM IDLE, HAPPY DAY-DREAMS THAT NEVER ENDED.
Almost a thousand years before the Romans came to Britain, while our own forefathers stained themselves blue with woad instead of wearing clothes, and when wild boars and stags and wolves and fierce wild cattle fed where our towns now stand, the people of Greece were singing songs that have been handed down to us even to this day.
The songs were really stories, and these stories were so exciting and so beautiful that men and women and boys and girls alike listend to them with eagerness.
One of those who sang was named Homer. Of him we know little, and are not sure of the little that we know. Some say he was poor and a beggar, and that it was only after he was dead that people found out how great he was.
The stories of his that we know best are called the The Iliad and The Odyssey. Some day you will read them for yourselves in the Greek in which he told them. You will then know what a writer, who was born in Scotland more than two thousand years after Home live, and meant when he spoke of
"The surge and thunder of the Odyssey."
And when you read in Greek those wonderful tales of brave men and brave deeds, you will be glad that you have learned to understand the language that Odysseus and the other heroes spoke to each other in days when the world was young.