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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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Jul 04, Mathew rated it it was amazing Shelves: Retold geraldne award- winning author Geraldine McCaughrean, and illustrated with great power by David Parkins, Gilgamesh the Hero is a story that will linger in the imagination long after the book has been put down.

This king is part human and part God. I really liked the illustrations as well.


The Gilgamesh is the oldest written story known to man, and it’s about a king who lived in what is now Iraq three thousand years before the birth of Christ.

Horn Book “Clearly a telling for our time, but one that honors its source. The Story of the Iliad.

Gilgamesh’s stories have influenced every hero tale in Western literature since then, including the Bible. To ask other readers questions about Gilgamesh the Heroplease sign up. The testosterone flows in this first of all heraldine stories.

Parents should mccaughreaj it before just to make sure they’re okay with what was left in. Thanks to all the work it took to translate this from the original cuneiform Sumerian. 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.

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 gilgames pagan stories, about what it means to be human.


Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean

And what an amazing story it is. That’s the shape of happiness. Our site is under maintenance and will be back up Friday, November 13th. Enter Geraldine McCaughrean’s version. C, this epic is actually the oldest recorded story in the world. Eerdmans is proud to publish geradine books that have remained in print for decades – true classics that have stood the test of time. Lists with This Book. Eventually, he returns to his city, Uruk, a changed, o This tale of a king says mccaughtean lot about the human psyche and the emotions we grapple with.

That’s probably not something you expect from ancient Sumeria, but it is there just the same.

I always love McCaughrean YA adaptations of classic works. We read Geraldine McCaughrean’s version and were very thrilled with it. And even though I couldn’t make it through the more difficult translation, I can now saw I’ve read “the oldest recorded story in the world”!

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. 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.

Some parents wouldn’t like that.

When Gilgamesh spurns the advances of Ishtar, the goddess of love, she is furious, and sends down to earth the Bull of Heaven, which Gilgamesh and Enkidu also kill. Aug 17, Erin rated it it was amazing. Sep 03, Kyla rated it liked it. Gilgamesh the Hero is a story about the King of Uruk named Gilgamesh and all the Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean is a folklore written for children and young adults.


While the story is a bit racy in spots, that can be a good thing. Written over years ago, but retold orally for who knows how long before that, and it has it all. Jul 19, Steve Hemmeke rated it liked it. It’s true that a lot of the story has been tweaked in order to make it age appropriate, but I find this a necessary injury, not a death knell.

Read first to decide when it’s appropriate for your children. The Epic of Gilgamesh the Hero. Retold by award-winning author Gerald This is one of the oldest stories in the world, and it’s about things that still matter to us today: And yet to know his limits as a creature, too.

I felt that some characters needed to be looked at more and the plot was very twisty and that was sometimes hard to follow. This book is pretty action packed with some scariness and sadness and happiness. The Story of The Odyssey. mccaubhrean

Myths and Legends of the World. It is also the first Flood story, ultimately told in the Bible and other ancient texts.

Gilgamesh The Hero

They will be fired up to compare and contrast the life of Gilgamesh with other legendary larger-than-life heroes, such as Hercules, Odysseus, or King Arthur. Based on seventh century B.

The joy of the victory passes quickly because Enkidu is stricken by a fever and dies. Get those boys reading! Two are better than one, for if one falls, the other can help him up. One word sentences at some climaxes stand out.