Geraldine McCaughrean retells the oldest recorded story, adapted for children, in Gilgamesh the Hero, illus. by David Parkins. The great king Gilgamesh fights. By Geraldine McCaughrean, Illustrated by David Parkins and contrast the life of Gilgamesh with other legendary larger-than-life heroes, such as Hercules. Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean – book cover, description, publication history.
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When Gilgamesh spurns the advances of Ishtar, the goddess of love, she is furious, and sends down to earth the Bull of Heero, which Gilgamesh and Enkidu also kill. Feb 10, Terri rated it it was amazing Shelves: Written over years ago, but retold orally for who knows how long before that, and it has it all.
I always love McCaughrean YA adaptations of classic works.
Some material seems to have been added, possibly to “round out” the tale for children–making it a bit more- or probably differently- didactic than the original. This book is pretty action packed with some scariness and sadness and happiness.
Gilgamesh The Hero
David Parkins’s muscular woodcuts help breathe life into the tale of the passionate god-king who went in search of immortality. Dec 03, Marsha rated it it was amazing Shelves: She has written over books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play. But waiting in the dark is the one enemy they can never overcome. Enkidu was forced off his feet th struck his head against the parapet.
First, Gilgamesh and Enkidu wrestle for dominance, and then they declare their devotion to each other. Booklist “McCaughrean employs her supple style heero this version of the oldest recorded story in the world. To enjoy life with its limitations is better than pursuing immortality.
This is by far the best introduction to Gilgamesh for a young audience that ever there was. Thanks to all the work it took to translate this from the original cuneiform Sumerian. Geraldine McCaughrean was born geraldjne and brought up in North London. Nov 02, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: Mcccaughrean book I found to have beautiful writing patterns but for some reason or another I found it unappealing.
While the story is a bit racy in spots, that can be egraldine good thing. It is quite intense and compelling. From the world’s oldest recorded poem and the original story to have the great flood and the ark in, McCaughrean retells the Gilgamesh in a fast, exciting narrative full of rich language and evocative landscapes.
GILGAMESH THE HERO by Geraldine McCaughrean , David Parkins | Kirkus Reviews
It enriches readers’ understanding without violating the source. This volume will add luster to the author’s glittering reputation. Eerdmans Publishing Company, All rights reserved. But she does a great job of turning the ancient story into more of a universal tale than I recall in the “original. Noah deceives his neighbors about what’s coming. Peter Pan in Scarlet was published in We then read Gilgamesh: In revenge, Ishtar sets out to eliminate Enkidu, an action so monstrous that it sends a grief-torn Gilgamesh into the wilderness to seek the secret of immortality.
The book was illustrated and the language had been simplified for children yet there were strange turns of phrase and vocabulary that I had to keep stopping to explain. Enkidu had been made by the goddess Aruru out of clay to offset his idleness and give him someone to practice battling with.
Jul 19, Steve Hemmeke rated it liked it. This is one of the oldest stories in the world, and it’s about many things that still matter to us today: That’s probably not something you expect from ancient Sumeria, but it is there just the same. The two set out to kill the monster Huwawa, Guardian of the Cedar Forests. When studying ancient civilizations with my son I wanted to him to experience oral or written traditions from each.
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I enjoyed the stor This is the oldest recorded story known on the planet. I read this after reading Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the epic, because I was interested to see how this story could be adapted for children. Going to save it for the next go-round of history with my year olds, instead of springing it on my year olds. The author made the language easier to understand compared to the way the original Epic of Gilgamesh is written. All four “classic” plot conflicts, a beautiful protaganist’s arc, and so many of the themes we have addressed, literally throughout history: Get those boys reading!
Gilgamesh, from ancient Mesopotamia, is one of the oldest and most intriguing epics and I considered its inclusion very important, but much of the original tale is questionable reading material for young children mainly for sex and violence.
This king is part human and part God. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Pages: Our site is under maintenance and will be back up Friday, November 13th. We found this book barely readable. Or because you can’t grasp hold of it? The only thing I would warn of is the mention of a beautiful, golden, naked woman. Parents should read it before just to make sure they’re okay with what was left in. They are rough and powerful with their black outlines and heavily defined musculature.