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The Adventures of Achilles by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden {Guest Post by Hannah Rials}

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{Guest post by Hannah Rials}
The Adventures pf Achilles is another wonderful book from the Barefoot Books line-up.  The Adventures of Achilles tells the mythical story behind this amazing warrior’s history and of the fall of the great walled city of Troy. The story is told beautifully, but I do not recommend this for young children. Some battle parts might be a little hard to read for children under the age of ten. However, this is a great book—your child will be extremely prepared for high school English. Carole Henaff’s illustrations are beautiful and truly represent the Greek culture.
The Adventures of Achilles
Long long ago lived the immortal, all-powerful Greek gods and goddesses.
One day, the king of all the Gods, Zeus, fell in love with a water nymph named Thetis. However, he heard a prophecy that her son would one day become greater than his father. Of course, that would never do for the King of the skies. So he decided to find a mortal husband for her—Peleus, the great warrior king. Peleus instantly fell in love with her beauty, and Zeus led him to her beach. When she arrived, riding a dolphin like a horse, he proposed, but she only consented to marriage if he could catch her. After many days of trying, he succeeded and, they were married immediately.
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Thetis soon bore a son destined for greatness, but also destined for a short life. She took Achilles as a boy and dipped his body in the river Styx so that he would be immortal—all except for his heel, where she held him. Achilles grew into a powerful, feared warrior who commanded greatness and would one day be needed for a great war.
Years later, Paris, a prince of Troy with a face like a god, was walking when Zeus saw him. Many years ago, the goddess Eris had thrown an apple of discord to choose who—Hera, Athena, or Aphrodite—was the most beautiful goddess. They were still arguing about it. Hermes brought the apple to Paris and gave him his mission. Only after much consideration and after the goddess of love offered him the most beautiful woman in the world, did he choose Aphrodite. Soon after Paris was sent to the Greek palace of Menelaus, where in the night, he and Helen, Menelaus’s wife, snuck away. Infuriated by this betrayal, Agamemnon went to his brother, Agamemnon—high king of the Greeks—and convinced him to rally an army against the Trojans. The young king Odysseus was sent to find Achilles since Agamemnon was told that he would not win the war without him.
For years the Greeks and Trojans fought, and whenever they saw Achilles fought, Trojans were struck with fear. But the Trojans still had Prince Hector, their equivalent to Achilles. Soon both sides grew weary of the war, and the Trojans formulated the plan to stay inside their fortified, strong city walls and just wait until the Greeks gave up. This went on for many years, and Achilles was sent away to destroy allies of Troy. When he returned, he offered Agamemnon spoils, including a daughter of a priest from the temple of Apollo. Achilles kept a slave girl for himself. However, Apollo was not happy with this, so he sent a colony of infested rats into the Greek camp, which infected dogs, horses, and then men. To get rid of the plague, Agamemnon was forced to release the priestess, and in exchange, he took Achilles’ slave girl. This infuriated the warrior, and from that moment on, he vowed not to fight in the war.
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Inspired by Zeus months later, Hector lept from bed and led his army against the Greeks, and at this time, they gained a victory. However, Patroclus, Achilles’ closest friend, took Achilles’ armor to strike fear in Trojan hearts, but he was doomed to die. When he went up against Hector, he was dead in a matter of minutes. Achilles’ swore to avenge Patroclus’s death by killing Hector. He leapt onto his chariot, chased Hector to the walls of Troy, and killed him, with the help of Athena.
After Patroclus’s body was burned on a funeral pyre, late that night, King Prium of Troy and his youngest daughter drove through the Greek camp to retrieve his son’s body. Achilles’ took pity on the old king, who reminded him of his own father who he would never see again. He allowed them to take Hector’s body and promised that he would hold off the Greek army while they grieved. While this was taking place, Achilles was falling in love with Prium’s daughter.
Once Hector’s funeral was over, the fighting resumed. During the day Achilles would fight. At night, he would meet Prium’s daughter. One night, Apollo whispered in Paris’s ear about his sister’s relationship and to follow her with a bow and arrow. When Paris followed them, Achilles revealed that his only vulnerable spot is his heel. At that moment, Paris loosed his arrow and Apollo stabbed it into Achilles heel. He died immediately.
With their best warrior dead, Odysseus decided to build a great wooden horse where Greeks hid and burned the Greek camp. The trojans brought the horse into their city, and after they had all gone to bed, the Greek soldiers climbed out of the camp and burned the city of Troy to the ground.
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Another Barefoot Books beautiful stories! The Adventures of Achilles tells the mythical story behind this amazing warrior’s history and of the fall of the great walled city of Troy. The story is told beautifully, but I do not recommend this for young children. Some battle parts might be a little hard to read for children under the age of ten. However, this is a great book—your child will be extremely prepared for high school English. Carole Henaff’s illustrations are beautiful and truly represent the Greek culture.

Something To Do

 Trojan Horse Coloring Page:

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Eris’s Golden Apple of Discord:

 

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Make Hades’ Urn of Fates:

1. Acquire a plain white ceramic mug from dollar tree or another dollar store.
2. Collect colorful sharpies, or you may just want to use black.
3. According to how you imagine The Three Fates, draw them with the sharpies onto your mug.
“The first, who spins out the thread of a life.
The second, who measures out its length.
And the third, who cuts the thread and ends the life.”
4. Preheat your oven to 350 and let the mugs bake for 20 minutes—this helps the ink to     set. Let cool completely.
*These are not dishwasher safe.
Born in the hills of Louisiana and raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Hannah Rials is a eighteen year-old aspiring author and editor. She’s been writing short stories since she was a little girl, but for the past several years, she has been writing, editing, and reediting a novel of her own that she hopes to publish in the near future.  Hannah has always loved reading and the world of books. With a librarian grandmother who can tell the most magical stories, how could she not fall in love with the written word. Her library collection and love for books grows every day.

2 thoughts on “The Adventures of Achilles by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden {Guest Post by Hannah Rials}

  1. That’s a beautiful cover! It’s really something how Greek mythology has become SO big over the past few years! I know it was J.K. Rowling’s fascination with it that fed her imagination for the Harry Potter series, then Rick Riordan took her formula and ran with it using Greek mythology!

    And those caramel apples! YUM! Salivating here! For my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding, that’s what she picked for their wedding favors: gourmet caramel & chocolate-covered apples. They were delicious! 🙂
    NIce review, Hannah 😀

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