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Homer for Kids | The Children’s Homer - Alder & Alouette

The Children’s Homer: The Adventure of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy by Padraic Colum

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Within the Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tale of Troy find Adventure. Mystery. Mythology. Monsters. A Hero. 

In this stunning Homer for kids version by Padraic Colum, travel back to a mythical time when Achilles, aided by the gods, waged war against the Trojans. And join Odysseus on his journey through murky waters, facing obstacles like the terrifying Scylla and whirring Charybdis, the beautiful enchantress Circe, and the land of the raging Cyclôpes.

Using narrative threads from The Iliad and The Odyssey, Padraic Colum weaves a stunning adventure with all the drama and power that Homer intended, but in a child-friendly version for kids 10 years and older. 

These collections of myths and legends of the ancient world by the late Newbery Honor winner, poet and playwright are now available with beautiful new cover art.


We currently offer three versions of this tale. All are excellent, and all are engaging with retellings unique to each author.

The main difference between the three books are the reading levels. While all are written for readers of varying age ranges, these ranges are assigned more for complexity of text, vocabulary and comprehension ability, rather than age appropriateness of the plot as they have all been rewritten with children in mind within a similar age range.  


Isabel Wyatt: Homer’s Odyssey (Try Abe’s Bookstore if we are out of stock)

Class 4/5/6: Best for on Grade-Level Reading (even those in the lower end of on grade-level) in Classes 4/5.

Although a child reading on the higher end of on-level grade reading, age 11/12 in Class 5 or 6 may enjoy this book quite a bit, we recommend Padraic Colum’s version for them if you would like a bit more challenge to encourage growth in their reading ability. This version is most likely below their reading level.

Padraic Colum: The Children’s Homer

Class 5/6: Best for established on-grade readers reading on the higher end and for advanced readers in grade 5/6. Ages 11-12;

A more relaxed, yet still on their toes read for grades 7+ or for ages 13-14, some vocabulary may still be new

We do not recommend this version for Class 4. We do not recommend this version for anyone who is having reading struggles in Class 5/6 unless you are using a read aloud/read along strategy to help them with comprehension and more complex vocabulary.

Rosemary Sutcliff: The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey

Class 6: Best for advanced readers in class 6, Ages 11-12; not recommended for class 5 readers unless reading and comprehending on about an 8th to 9th grade reading level

On grade reading levels for grades 7/8 or for ages 13-14 with some new vocabulary and just right level of comprehension; high school students and parents may also find this version a relaxing, yet engaging and interesting read  


  • Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tale of Troy
  • An exquisite Homer for Kids version
  • Rewritten for older children by Padraic Colum and illustrated by Willy Pogany.
  • Published by Aladdin Books.
  • Ages 10 to 14 years; grades 5th to 8th
  • 0.7" H x 8.1" L x 5.4" W (0.44 lbs) 247 pages
  • Softcover