Item description for The Trojan War by Olivia E. Coolidge...
Overview Retells legends of the heroes of the Trojan War, which began with Paris of Troy's abduction of Helen, wife of Menelaus, lord of Greece.
In this retelling of the Trojan War, Olivia Coolidge crafts heroes and gods into real, multidimensional characters, not just the figures of legend. Vibrant storytelling and finely wrought action have made her version of the classic tale of the Fall of Troy accessible to generations of young readers.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Trojan War by Olivia E. Coolidge has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2002 page 116
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2001 page 116
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2001
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
ISBN 0618154280 ISBN13 9780618154289
Availability 0 units.
More About Olivia E. Coolidge
Olivia Coolidge was born in London, England, in 1908. She received her education at Somerville College, Oxford University, where her main subjects included Latin, Greek, and philosophy. These studies helped her earn her place in the pantheon on children's literature through her mythological retellings demonstrating careful research and the adriot capacity to bring the past to life.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Trojan War?
11 year old boy review Mar 20, 2007
This story is a classical story. I am sure you have heard the story of the Trojan horse. Well, this book tells you why the horse was even built. This is a good story of how the war came to be, and there is so much information about both sides. You will not be able to decide which side you want to win. This book is so interesting, and you will learn a lot about Greece and Troy (Troy is where the Trojans live if you do not know). This book is definitely an action war kind of book, and if you like a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, then you will love this story. I really recommend reading this book.
A good introduction for my students. Jan 29, 2006
I teach this to my 6th grade English students (all boys) and though they find it confusing to begin with, every year they are hooked by the time we get to the second section. It gives a strong introduction to the many Greek stories surrounding the Trojan War. My students from prior years still remember the events of the book.
I inherited the text from my predecessor when I took over the job, and was not enthusiastic about the idea of teaching it to begin with. I remembered Greek history and myth as dry and dusty. The writing is a little bland and stilted in spots, but the events it retells are vivid enough in themselves to carry the reader's interest.
A 6-year old's review Nov 20, 2005
This is a very good book because of its intense atmosphere and it is very exciting. Some of the main characters are Achilles, Hector, Helen and Paris. Helen loved Paris and ran away with him from her original husband. She was the most beautiful woman in the world which is why the Greeks and Trojans fought over her. The outcome is that the Greeks won. They won by killing all the Trojan leaders, one at a time. It also helped by invading the city from inside. The Trojans were told to take a giant horse which was made of wood inside their city. It was full of Greek soldiers hiding inside it! It was an ambush! I recommend this book for boys and girls.
The Rotten Apple May 15, 2005
Although the story of The Trojan War is masterfully captured in the Iliad and Odyssey, Olivia Coolidge's retelling of the saga could put anyone to sleep. The Trojan War begins at a wedding party. Discord throws the golden apple towards the guests at the party. Inscribed in the apple are the words "For the fairest." The goddesses at the party begin competing for the title of the fairest. Eventually Aphrodite claims the name. She promises Paris of Troy the finest wife. Paris then captures Helen and brings her to Troy. The Greek armies storm after Paris beginning the ten year long war.
This book is a classic waste of time because the characters are undeveloped, the prose and discourse are dull, and several scenes leave the reader hanging. The characteristics of many of Olivia Coolidge's characters are not explained thoroughly. There are so many characters, Coolidge does not have time, nor space to develop each of them comprehensively. In fact, the character list at the end of the book attests to this fact. It covers seven entire pages! The author writes in a very primitive form of English. The story lacks the excitement and subtlety of Homer's sagas. The Trojan War could be compared to a tedious textbook. The scenes in the story are written such that they are too complex for young readers and too dreary for adult readers. The lack of detail causes a feeling of anxiety, making the reader think, "What did I miss??"
Although I advise many readers to pass by this book, some avid mythology readers may find this book appealing. I would recommend books such as the Odyssey and the Iliad instead of The Trojan War to all interested readers. Olivia Coolidge's retelling of the Trojan War is the rotten apple in a library of golden ones.
The New Mar 30, 2005
In Olivia Coolidge's The Trojan War the epic tale of the Greek war against Troy unfolds in its new version for younger audiences. But does the Trojan War convert well for young adults? Though the idea of making the Trojan War a book for younger audiences was sound before it was used Olivia Coolidge's The Trojan War falls flat on many topics. It has the story correctly but the fluid transition between chapters and `parts' of the book can be considered as either as a play where the lights dim to change scenes or a book of short stories about the same topic. A large fault is that there are simply too many characters (seven pages of the listed characters) while they do not develop new sights or emotions [...] The book also seems, `dubbed' and characters sometimes speak as if the words have been placed in English over an old foreign film which is partially reminding of the George Lucas' Jedi master Yoda. Battle scenes are vague and very short with little explanation leaving the reader blind to what is happening. Overall the book simply falls short on all requirements of a bestseller. The book is too complicated for many of the younger readers but is not detailed enough for the older more experienced readers. Though The Trojan War may be enjoyable for a very small audience for the most part readers will simply pass this book by and chose a more engaging title.