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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Gilgamesh The Hero

Thanks to giglamesh the work it took to translate this from the original cuneiform Sumerian. Jan 16, Shannon rated it it was amazing Shelves: The two friends decide go on a quest to slay the Guardian of the Cedar Forest, Humbaba,in order to gilggamesh their incredible strength, even though the Gods warn Gilgamesh to turn around, as Gilgamesh and Enkidu would suffer serious consequences if they chose to continue.

I had read Gilgamesh before and knew it would be a bit too much for a younger reader prostitution for exampleand yet I didn’t want to cut and paste the story to make it acceptable for a young reader.

Not content with the excitement of waging constant war and building new towers in his glorious city of Uruk, the mighty King Gilgamesh dreams of a friend, sent to him by the gods, someone like himself. This is by far the best introduction to Gilgamesh for a young audience that ever there was. That man is the Wild Man, Enkidu, formed out of clay by the goddess of beginnings. But there are some redemptive themes in there, too. Parkins’ illustrations throughout add so much I don’t think anyone retells the myths as well as Geraldine McCaughrean does these days.

This king is part human and part God. Their scholarly version critiques various translations of the cuniform text.



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: Booklist “McCaughrean employs her supple style in this version of the oldest recorded story in the world. I kept wanting to make myself read it and then dreading it. fhe

To enjoy life with its limitations is better than pursuing immortality. Gilgamesh starts off as being young and foolish but gradually gains wisdom on his travels. Gilgamesh the Hero is about the adventures of Gilgamesh, a king who lived a long time mccaughrrean in Mesopotamia in the city of Uruk.

Trivia About Gilgamesh the Hero. I enjoyed the stor This is the oldest recorded story known on the planet.

GILGAMESH THE HERO by Geraldine McCaughrean , David Parkins | Kirkus Reviews

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.

I read this version to my children, agesand had a difficult time choosing which meaty topics to address. Our site is under maintenance and will be back up Friday, November 13th. One of the greatest pagan stories, about what it means to be human. This is a children’s version of the epic tale.

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I am on a myth kick right now, and interesting story. 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 heor same types of things, since we started talking. This book is a rare treat — a great epic from the ancient world, mccaughhrean for children of all ages, featuring amazing adventures and profound insights into the human condition.

I also liked learning about what a town in ancient Mesopotamia would be like. However, having this background before reading the children’s version was beneficial. Golgamesh helps you keep track of books you want to read. This edition by Geraldine McCaughrean is really good, much better than the more literal translations, which I’d read earlier. That’s probably not something you expect from ancient Sume This is a children’s version of the epic tale. They’re both excellent translations that are just different enough for interesting comparisons and more discussion on how translation can change the “color” of the story.


And as for Gilgamesh? This version is very readable for an adult. I’ve never read the original, but understand that she took and R rated story and made it PG.

Her style is full of wonderful imagery, well-worded phrases, and enticing descriptions. Bold, colorful, full-page illustrations, outlined in fuzzy black lines, are full of energy and heart. 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.

Critics have said McCaughrean employs her supple style in this version of the oldest recorded story in the world. My kids and I like anything we’ve read by this author. Much like Noah, but with pagan distortions added in. Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books “This has the vivid language and dialogue of an effective chapter-by-chapter readaloud.

Parents should read it before just to make sure they’re okay with what was left in.