The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War (Step into Reading)

by Emily Little

Paperback, 1988





Random House Books for Young Readers (1988), Edition: Media tie-in, 48 pages


Recounts how the Greeks used a wooden horse to win the Trojan War.


Original language


Physical description

48 p.; 9.06 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member Stsmurphy
This book provides an interesting narrative of the events that led up to the victory in Troy. There was always strife between the Greeks and the Trojans. The king of Troy had a thirst for enlarging his ever-growing kingdom. The Trojans insisted on a toll for the Greeks to enter the Black Sea, which
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was heavily resented by the Greeks, who wanted free access to the Black Sea. The Trojans ended up capturing the Greek king’s wife, Helen. The plan was for the Trojan prince to marry Helen, thus mocking the king of Greece. These actions led to war being declared between the Greeks and the Trojans. For ten long and difficult years the Trojan War raged unabated. Then Odysseus, a Greek commander, developed a brilliant strategic plan to secretly enter the city of Troy. As part of this covert operation, the Greeks decided to clandestinely build a hollow horse for the Greeks in which to hide in order to successfully enter the city of Troy. When the Trojans brought the wooden horse into the city, the Greeks quietly snuck out of it under the cover of darkness and burned and ransacked the entire unsuspecting populace while they were lying abed. Children of all ages are thrilled by the rapid-paced action in this book and it enriches students’ vocabulary, as well serving to increase their knowledge of ancient history. The illustrations in the book are spectacular, and help with comprehension of the text.
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LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
Illus. in full color. "An ancient history lesson emerges from this account of the way the Greeks tricked the Trojans and rescued Helen of Troy. The book is well tailored to younger readers with careful explanations and short sentences; a pronunciation guide is appended. Drawings portray the story's
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main events. A nice supplement to units on ancient Greece or mythology."--Booklist.
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LibraryThing member caseybp
One of my favorite stories as a child!






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