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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This version is very readable for an adult. The Gilgamesh epic also provides a back-story for the medical Caduceus: The Adventures of Odysseus. Nov 26, Teri rated it it was amazing Shelves: She has written over books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.

Gilgamesh the Hero

To my knowledge, this is one of the oldest stories known to man. But McCaughrean does cover the essentials of the story–one of the earliest surviving epics–and, thereby, produce a wonderful introduction to ancient literature.

Don’t Miss a Thing! The original Gilgamesh was geraldiine of all those things that make a story about humanity human: Gilgamesh the Hero is a story about the King of Geraldinf named Gilgamesh and all the Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean is a folklore written for children and young adults.


Gilgamesh the Hero

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Classic and lyrical, with accurate themes brought forward.

It is quite intense and compelling. The most riveting retelling yet of this ancient, ageless tale. This is one of the oldest stories in the world, and gilgames about things that still matter to ,ccaughrean today: 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.

For me, she perfectly captures the vitality with which Gilgamesh lived his life and the anguish he felt at losing the most important person in his life. Parkins captures the epic’s primitive power and universal emotions in rough, broadly rendered portraits.


Perhaps it is beautiful expressly because of that. That’s a bit of a shame, really, because the tale loses its vitality in the process.

Want to Read saving…. I also read Bernarda Bryson’s version at the same time with my year-old.

The story uses the deed of Gilgamesh to help understand courage and bravery. Gilgamesh is an epic poem that is considered to be one of the first great works of literature. A little hand inside yours. The coolest part of this read was the ark story, and how much it gilgwmesh the Bib The story of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, slayer of Huwawa and the Bull of Heaven, and his great friend, Enkidu. But she does a great job of turning the ancient story into more of a universal tale than I recall in the “original.


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: Apr 29, Jason R. The joy of the victory passes quickly because Enkidu is stricken by a fever and dies. You can tell the author sought to imitate the original, though I know nothing about Sumerian. I enjoyed the ny This is the oldest recorded story known mccauyhrean the planet.

Washington Post Book World “The world’s oldest recorded story. A snake comes along and eats the plant of life, sloughs off its old skin and becomes young again. Project Gutenberg, July Geraldine McCaughrean David Parkins.

While the story is a bit racy in spots, that can be a good thing.