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

We then read Gilgamesh: She specialises in the retelling of classic tales such as The Canterbury TalesThe OdysseyMoby Dick and El Cid and of myths and legends from around the world.

Oct 21, Rob Chappell rated it it was amazing.

I also wonder how this adaptation would read if you were not familiar with the basic outlines of the story- it seemed to me it would be a bit confusing to track the characters and some of the plot details if this was thd case, especially for younger readers.

Golden Hoard seri This woman can write a great story for both children and adults. This king is part human and part God. Just substitute the name “Utnapishtim” for the name “Noah” and it seems pretty much the same!

An engaging, illustrated, re-telling of the Gilgamesh epic for children. I’d heard of this from my Uncle Jon, and then again on Star Trek: Oct 03, JaNel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Worked out just right. Critics have said McCaughrean employs her supple style geraldune this version of the oldest recorded story in the world. Nov 21, Andrea rated it it was ok.


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 Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean is a folklore written for children and young adults. Multiple gods, creating man to serve them, instead of Biblically to image and rule for them. My kids and I like anything we’ve read by this author.

Please try reading this book! For Gilgamesh, there is no greater loss than his beloved Enkidu. Of course, that means there are fairly explicit passages in the original, so the editor of this version had gero do quite a bit of expurgating and “cleaning up” to make this palatable for children. That’s a bit of a shame, really, because the tale loses its vitality in the process. If you love this book, then try: Though some of the casual wording threw me because it was inconsistent. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would recommend it highly for those interested in the myth of Gilgamesh or Near Eastern myth.

Of course, the gods are never too far away from watching over their son and empower the brave king with magical fighting powers that aid him and Enkidu in defeating Humbaba. Therefore it has great historical significance and is a great way to introduce the findings of actual artifacts. Also, the illustrations gearldine 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.

GREAT book to read aloud with my kids. Thus, the snake becomes a symbol of rejuvenation and long life. The author made the language easier to understand compared to the way the original Epic of Gilgamesh is written.


Gilgamesh the Hero

But it is the story of his deep gilgamesb abiding love for his friend Enkidu that provides the impetus for his trek and this emotion shines above all else. The original Gilgamesh was full of all those things that make a story about humanity human: There will be many ways to record and translate a story as ancient as this one, and rarely will all readers be happy with the product.

I selected this version for my son because it was a highly recommended adaptation for his reading level and maturity, and neither of us was When studying ancient civilizations with my son I wanted to him to experience oral or written traditions from each. The story is engaging, the pictures are fun, for younger readers especially.

Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean

To ask other readers questions about Gilgamesh the Heroplease sign up. Or because you can’t grasp hold of it? Trivia About Gilgamesh the Hero. Together they can work wonders, fight monsters, brave earthquakes, travel the world! He cannot understand why he who was created by a goddess had to die.

I am on a myth kick right now, and interesting story.