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Wonderful large illustrations There wastext per page than I was expecting but I enjoyed the story about a lesser known wonder, the Pharos lighthouse We were studying Egypt recently and learned about it so it was nice to have a kids book about it too I liked how Dino found little ways to help during their journey. The purpose was all too clear And the audience was not defined very well. A sometimes too wordy picture book detailing the adventures at sea of a young boy who is allowed to go along on a voyage to Alexandria His father is the ship s cook, and young Dino is thrilled to accompany him and get a good look at the famed Pharos lighthouse Attractive, often full page art conveys the action and a note at the end of the book tellsof the story of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world Third grade and up. Ok, I love historical fiction and I love the history and mythology of Classical Greek and Rome So I wanted to love this book too Just didn t work, though.For starters, it s a lot of text Especially for a picture book That s why I ve shelved it as an Easy Reader as well No storytime potential here, despite the beautiful illustrations.Secondly, nothing really happens It s all about the voyage, very little about arriving there like the title itself says But how exciting can a sailing trip Ok, I love historical fiction and I love the history and mythology of Classical Greek and Rome So I wanted to love this book too Just didn t work, though.For starters, it s a lot of text Especially for a picture book That s why I ve shelved it as an Easy Reader as well No storytime potential here, despite the beautiful illustrations.Secondly, nothing really happens It s all about the voyage, very little about arriving there like the title itself says But how exciting can a sailing trip be Pirates are encountered but never seen A storm comes up an almost mandatory event in any story about sailing , but the other eventful weather they encounter is when the wind dies a lack of weather So lots of anticipation and endless seas with very little payout upon arrival.The historical notes are interesting though, and for older audiences who don t mind the abundance of text or a slower story, this could be a simple story introducing the classical period I saw Voyage to the Pharos at the library and snatched it up Loving history myself, I was thinking that this story would be a great introduction to the ancient world for my 7 y.o old son.The story is about a boy whose father is a cook for sailing vessels He has grown up on the Isle of Rhodes hearing the tales of exotic places from his father He longs to see these marvels, particularly Alexandria, with it s Pharos lighthouse one of the wonders of the ancient world It remains THE tallest I saw Voyage to the Pharos at the library and snatched it up Loving history myself, I was thinking that this story would be a great introduction to the ancient world for my 7 y.o old son.The story is about a boy whose father is a cook for sailing vessels He has grown up on the Isle of Rhodes hearing the tales of exotic places from his father He longs to see these marvels, particularly Alexandria, with it s Pharos lighthouse one of the wonders of the ancient world It remains THE tallest lighthouse ever built One day that permission comes and they set off on the adventurous trip.Talking Points I really like the artwork by Roger Roth It s very appealing and done realistically enough, and accurately enough, that kids ought to be able to learn quite a bit just from his drawings.I thought Sarah Gauch did a good job in not letting facts overwhelm the adventure I also thought she did a good job of showing what the threats were to such ventures There s being becalmed, brigands, and storms.My 7 y.o unfortunately wasn t gripped by the story I think though that this reflectson his age than the quality of the story Written at AR 4.5 level, I think the book is better suited to older elementary aged children or even middle schoolers who already have an interest in the ancient world.If you go tothey have sample pages.Pam T mom and reviewer at BooksForKids reviews.com Nice little picture book. |DOWNLOAD PDF ♥ Voyage to the Pharos ☽ Dino has a dream As a boy growing up on the small island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean, he has heard about a lighthouse far away across the sea in Alexandria, Egypt But it isn t just any lighthouse It is the Pharos, one of the tallest buildings in all the world with statues of gods and great kings, and at the very top a giant, roaring bonfire that guides ships from miles away More than anything, Dino wants to be on one of those ships But getting on a ship and surviving on one are two very different things Based on one of the most amazing wonders of the ancient world, Voyage to the Pharos brings together stunning illustrations with a tale of timeless and thrilling adventure Voyage to the Pharos is the story of Dino on his first adventure aboard Hermes, the ship his father is a cook for Set in ancient Greece, Dino anxiously awaits their arrival in Alexandria to see the famous Pharos lighthouse All the while, Dino must take on responsibilities to help the crew make it to Alexandria safely and ends up being the eyes that guides them into the shore The book ends with the crew on land in Alexandria, but hardly goes into detail about the Pharos, which is what Dino had Voyage to the Pharos is the story of Dino on his first adventure aboard Hermes, the ship his father is a cook for Set in ancient Greece, Dino anxiously awaits their arrival in Alexandria to see the famous Pharos lighthouse All the while, Dino must take on responsibilities to help the crew make it to Alexandria safely and ends up being the eyes that guides them into the shore The book ends with the crew on land in Alexandria, but hardly goes into detail about the Pharos, which is what Dino had waited for along I would have liked the ending to describe the Pharos and their safe landing a little bitin depth I think that this book has some cool details about Ancient Greek culture, however it would likely beof a classroom library book than one to read aloud or do an assignment on due to only small bits of telling information Gauch, S., Roth, R 2009 Voyage to the Pharos New York Viking We borrowed this book for Classical Conversations Cycle 1.My 6, 4 and 2 year olds all loved this book The story was excellent and the older two recognized many places and people they had learned about in Classical Conversations such as Rhodes, Alexandria, the Mediterranean Sea, Alexander the Great, and 2 of the 7 wonders Additionally they were introduced to the perils of traveling at sea and why lighthouses were such a critical invention for early seafarers I noticed other reviewers mentioned We borrowed this book for Classical Conversations Cycle 1.My 6, 4 and 2 year olds all loved this book The story was excellent and the older two recognized many places and people they had learned about in Classical Conversations such as Rhodes, Alexandria, the Mediterranean Sea, Alexander the Great, and 2 of the 7 wonders Additionally they were introduced to the perils of traveling at sea and why lighthouses were such a critical invention for early seafarers I noticed other reviewers mentioned the story was wordy and lacked excitement, but we did not find that to be the case Perhaps it was due to my kids young ages This book with it s catching illustrations, give a boy s eye view of what it might have been like to be an ancient Greek, sailing on a merchant ship It s a gentle story with mild peril, just perfect for a child who wants a happy ending The storm may be a tad scary for younger kids, but it resolves happily The boy is a positive social role model thankfully the text is not moralizing, just good natured , as he finds ways to help about the ship without being asked, and his good works help the s This book with it s catching illustrations, give a boy s eye view of what it might have been like to be an ancient Greek, sailing on a merchant ship It s a gentle story with mild peril, just perfect for a child who wants a happy ending The storm may be a tad scary for younger kids, but it resolves happily The boy is a positive social role model thankfully the text is not moralizing, just good natured , as he finds ways to help about the ship without being asked, and his good works help the ship s outcome