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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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Gotta keep up with my girl! I teach my children at home and we are currently covering ancient literature. For Gilgamesh, there is no greater loss than his beloved Enkidu.

Horn Book “Clearly a telling for our time, but one that honors its source. When Gilgamesh says to Enkidu, “what can go wrong with the two of us side-by-side? 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. Gilgamesh the Hero is a story about the King of Uruk named Gilgamesh and all the heroic and amazing things he did throughout his lifetime.

Gilgamesh the Hero

After having long been thought dead by his people, they welcome him. It enriches readers’ understanding without violating the source. These events lead to a quest for the search of immortality, and also gilgamesn children that if you make a big enough mistake, sometimes it cannot be fixed no matter how sorry you are.

I am on a myth kick right now, and interesting story. Together they can work wonders, fight monsters, brave earthquakes, travel the world!


Gilgamesh The Hero

Great illustrations accompany the text, which is based on the Epic of Gilgamesh, the world’s oldest known epic poem, from ancient Mesopotamia. Though some of the casual wording threw me because it was inconsistent. Gilgamesh and Enkidu are friends — best friends. One of them sneaks the message to the “Noah” so he can escape, instead of it being deliberate, Divine mercy.

After offending the Gods several mccaughtean through their forbidden actions, the two men soon find one of them will have to pay the ultimate price. Young readers are able to gain much from this book as much as they would from all get stories of heroes but should read the original version to get the full experience.

Some parents wouldn’t like that. I also wonder how this adaptation would read if you we I read this after reading Stephen Mitchell’s mccaugrhean of the epic, because I was interested to see how this story could be adapted for children. This version is very readable for an adult. 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: Man IS to leave his mark in life – to take dominion of creation.


Gilgamesh is an epic poem that is considered to be one of the first great works of literature. Mar 20, Abbi rated it liked it. Geraldine McCaughrean has also written several collections of stories, including bible stories and fairy tales.

McCaughrean retains enough of the yhe clipped style to make it sound like what it is, but adds enough vibrant tone to make it friendly reading for an older child, and the illustrations enliven without detracting. Well worth reading and pondering thereafter! Eventually, he returns to his city, Uruk, a changed, old man.


Perhaps it is beautiful expressly because of that. We are just as beautiful and just as brutal. The literary quality is quite good. The story is relatable to many stories found in the bible such as noah’s ark, the garden of eden, and the creation myth. I’ve never read the original, but understand that she took and Herp rated story and made it PG.

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Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean

That man is the Wild Man, Enkidu, formed out of clay by the goddess of beginnings. I felt that some gilgamsh needed to be looked at more and the plot was very twisty and that was sometimes hard to follow. Don’t Miss a Thing!

This book I found to have beautiful writing patterns but for vy reason or another I found it unappealing. I found it extremely comforting and somewhat depressing that we, as a species, have changed so little. Full of wonderful and evocative description and emotion it provides a great introduction to this story for young and old.