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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At the third stamp, the walls of Uruk wavered like sheets of water. Please try reading this book!


I found it extremely comforting and somewhat depressing that we, as a species, have changed so little. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

After angering the citizens Uruk by overpowering and trying to fully control them, the Gods create and send down a friend for Gilgamesh, named Enkidu, in hopes to teach Gilgamesh a lesson between right and wrong.

In a version I could actually understand! Golden Hoard seri This woman can write a great story for both children and adults.

Geraldine McCaughrean David Parkins. Only “discovered” about a hundred years ago, this just goes to prove that we’ve been telling the same types of stories and worrying about the same types of things, since we started talking. Enkidu was forced off his feet and struck his head against the parapet.

This is by far the best introduction to Gilgamesh for a young audience that ever there was.

Going to save it for the next go-round of history with my year olds, instead of springing it on my 8- One of the greatest pagan stories, about what hdro means to be human. Trivia About Gilgamesh the Hero.


Gilgamesh The Hero

Gilgamesh’s stories have influenced every hero tale in Western literature since then, including the Bible. But it is the story of his deep and abiding love for his friend Enkidu that provides the impetus for his trek and this emotion shines above all else.

This Halloween, I’ll be dressing up as King Gilgamesh — and this is the book that helped me see how an ancient epic can be made relevant to a present-day audience by an outstanding storyteller.

Gilgamesh is an epic poem that is considered to be one of the first great works of literature. Return to Book Page. The two set out to kill the monster Huwawa, Guardian of the Cedar Forests. It is not clear if Gilgamesh was real or a merely a hero in a poem but reemerged story by Geraldine McCaughean helps tell the tale in a way that children and young adults can understand and grasp the many concepts of the tale.

And even though I couldn’t make it through the more difficult translation, Gerladine can now saw I’ve read “the oldest recorded story in the world”! This was an afternoon read-aloud we took our time through so that we could start it while we were reading about prehistory and finish while we were reading about Sumerians.

Gilgamesh the Hero

One word sentences at some climaxes stand out. It will be easy to encounter the more complete version of Gilgamesh at a later time and not be intimidated by the story.

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books “This has the vivid language and dialogue of an effective chapter-by-chapter readaloud. The coolest part of this read was the ark story, and how much it seems gerakdine Bible ark story copied it.


The illustrations are aptly suited to the story, recalling ancient Sumerian carvings. The language was unusual, a writing style difficult to find in a modern-day book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Horn Book “Clearly a telling for our time, but one that honors its source. Going to save it for the next go-round of history with my year olds, instead of springing it on my year rhe.

Peter Pan in Scarlet was published in Oct 21, Rob Chappell rated it it was amazing. When studying ancient civilizations with my son I wanted to him to experience oral or written traditions from each. I also wonder how this adaptation would read if you we 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.

Parkins’ muscular images, inspired by Assyrian art and reminiscent of Leonard Fisher’s art, are a fine foil for the text, which begs to be read aloud. Inshe was chosen to write the official sequel to J. To ask other readers questions about Gilgamesh the Heroplease sign up. Gilgamesh the Hero is a profound lesson and a rip-roaring adventure that still resonates with its power even thousands of years after it was first recorded. After having long been thought dead by his people, they welcome him.