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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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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.

Full of wonderful and evocative description and emotion it provides a great introduction to this story for young and old. You can tell the author sought to imitate the original, though I know nothing about Sumerian.

Gilgamesh the Hero – Geraldine Mccaughrean, David Parkins : Eerdmans

Perhaps it is beautiful expressly because of that. Also, this story orignates from actual carvings found in stones dated back to B. Myths and Legends of the World. I also liked gerraldine about what a town in ancient Mesopotamia would be like.

Gilgamesh The Hero

McCaughrean retains enough of the original’s 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.


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 G This retold version of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh the Hero, is a great, broken-down recount of the original, very difficult-to-read versions of The Epic of Gilgamesh. Chicago Tribune “The power [McCaughrean] generates here is striking, taking its source in the complexity of character she gives to ancient King Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu.

To my knowledge, this is one mccaughrrean the oldest stories known to man. I’ve never read the original, but understand that she took and R rated story and made it PG. Mcaughrean 22, Kevin rated it really liked it.

I really liked the illustrations as well. Also, the illustrations by David Parkins are unforgettable, their rough, inky intensity reminding me a little of comic book artist Sam Keith one of the co-creators, with Neil Gaiman, of The Sandman.

Dec 03, Marsha rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 14, Joni rated it it was ok Shelves: Hhero my knowledge, this is one of the Inside Cover: I’m glad that I read this, even more so that I can help with my daughter’s homework. Oct 03, JaNel rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

The Story of the Iliad. Critics have said McCaughrean employs her supple style in this version of the oldest recorded story in the world. And as for Gilgamesh? Visit our Enduring Standards page to see some of our perennially best-selling backlist books. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Geraldine McCaughrean was born in and brought up in North London. Geraldine McCaughrean lives in Berkshire. It is rich in Christian symbolism, especially when he goes on his quest for immortality. This is by far the best introduction to Gilgamesh for a young audience that ever there was.

Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean

Maybe it was because I was trying to read it to a six-year-old, I don’t know. The story is relatable to many stories found in the bible such as noah’s ark, the garden of eden, and the creation myth. Gilgamesh the Gilgamehs by Geraldine McCaughrean is a folklore written for children and young adults.

Going to save it for the next go-round of history with my year olds, instead of springing it on my year olds. Her language is both vernacular and classic, her pace unslacking, her characterizations deft. This book I found to have beautiful writing patterns but for some reason or another I found it unappealing.

After offending the Gods several times through their forbidden actions, the two men soon find one of them will have to pay the ultimate price.

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