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Wings of Icarus: A Bloomsbury Reader

Written by Jenny Oldfield

Illustrated by Bee Willey

Part of the Bloomsbury Readers Series

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Wings of Icarus: A Bloomsbury Reader Review

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 7+ readers Mysteries / Mythology Reading Scheme

A gripping retelling of the classic Greek myth

Book Band: Brown- (Ideal for ages 7+)

This is a lovely retelling of a famous myth. It tells the story of Icarus and his father who are prisoners on the island of Crete. Although it is set in Ancient Greece, the relationship and obvious love of the father and son shine through in quite a modern way.

Both characters have their frustrations over their plight, yet they are both sensitive to the feelings of the other. It is a good adventure story where the two characters deal with setbacks in their quest for freedom – their attempts at boat building and their construction of the birds’ wings.

Unlike many books for young children there is a sad ending which somehow makes it more poignant. There are lots of things to discuss in this book with some useful questions in the ‘quiz time’ at the back.

I think the book would also benefit from a simple map to show where Crete is and also a guide to how to pronounce the characters names. Daedalus and Pasiphae are challenging for the adult too! A super book and a great introduction into Greek Mythology

Rosie Watch

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The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with brilliant books to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2, with book-banded stories by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence covering a wide range of genres and topics.

With charming illustrations, ideas for discussion points and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for reading both in the classroom and at home.

Find more information on the Bloomsbury Readers Scheme.

Wings of Icarus: A Bloomsbury Reader Synopsis

Daedalus can see how much his impulsive, restless son Icarus longs to escape their island prison. When his cunning plan to get them across the sea fails, Daedalus comes up with an even more dangerous invention: wings to take them to the skies.

This accessible retelling of the renowned Greek myth has appealing black-and-white illustrations by Bee Willey and is perfect for children who are developing as readers.

 

 

Wings of Icarus: A Bloomsbury Reader Press Reviews

'Patrice Lawrence, Tony Bradman, Margaret Mahy [...] any list that brings together such a quality line up of authors is going to be welcomed.' - Books for Keeps on the series Book Band: Brown Ideal for ages 7+

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ISBN: 9781472989703
Publication date: 05/08/2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Education
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472989703
Publication date: 5th August 2021
Author: Jenny Oldfield
Illustrator: Bee Willey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Education
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Mysterys / Mythology, Reading Scheme

About Jenny Oldfield

Jenny Oldfield is a million selling English author. Her books include Definitely Daisy, Animal Alert, Home farm twins, the Half Moon Ranch series and many others. Her books are very high in quality and many people have been inspired to start reading because of her exciting stories. Jenny was born and brought up in Harrogate, Yorkshire, she says that even as a child she wrote stories and made tiny books, complete with illustrations. She lives in Yorkshire and has two children, Kate and Eve. She also writes under several pseudonyms, including Jasmine Oliver, Donna King, Kate Fielding,and Kate Pennington. ...

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