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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My 10 year old really liked it as well, but I think he mostly liked the fighting and brave deeds, although thw were able to talk about it and he did recognize much of the symbolism, though he may have missed some of the significance.

Project Gutenberg, July It reminded me of the Greek myths I’ve read. Somewhat boring in some parts, but the morals in the story can be applied to all students mcaughrean the classroom and help them gain perspective on he value of life and how you should treat people. Of course, that means there are fairly explicit passages in the original, so egraldine editor of this version had to do quite a bit of expurgating and “cleaning up” to make this palatable for children.

However, having this background before reading the children’s version was beneficial. Nov 21, Andrea rated it it was ok.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Gilgamesh is one gilgamessh the world’s oldest stories. Reminding this reader of the close ties between such legendary lovers as Achilles and Patroclus, Damon and Pythias, Phaeton and Cygnus, et al.

I yero read Bernarda Bryson’s version at the same time with my year-old. Gilgamesh is a young king, determined to make his mark on the world.


I always love McCaughrean YA adaptations of classic works. I will only read aloud books that I love and that are enjoyable to read. Gilgamesh is described as part-man and part-god.

Gilgamesh the Hero

The illustrations help give a picture of a how one person is able to do much and with a friend are able to accomplish more. This book I found to have beautiful writing patterns but for some reason or another I found it unappealing.

Written over years ago, but retold orally for who knows how long before that, and it has mccauhhrean all. Retold by mccauvhrean winning author Geraldine McCaughrean, and illustrated with great power by David Parkins, Gilgamesh the Hero is a story that will linger in the imagination long after the book has been put down. Trivia About Gilgamesh the Hero.

Their scholarly version critiques various translations of the cuniform text. Noah deceives his neighbors about what’s coming.


The illustrations are at times difficult to comprehend what is occurring with the story but still help add to the book. The testosterone flows in this first of all buddy stories. Also, this story orignates from actual carvings found in stones dated back to B.

The retelling downplays the overt sexuality and bloody extremes of various translations but maintains the powerful sweep of traditional epic literature in a cohesive narrative with strong mccaufhrean momentum that drives the hero through his own story. Thus, the snake becomes a symbol of rejuvenation and long life. Oct 21, Rob Chappell rated it it was amazing. Parkins’ illustrations throughout add so much I don’t think anyone retells the myths as well as Geraldine McCaughrean does these days.

Enkidu was forced off his feet and struck his head against the parapet. Open Preview See a Problem?


Gilgamesh the Hero

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. Nov 02, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: Parkins’ illustrations throughout add so much to the story too.

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.

That’s a bit of a shame, really, because the tale gefaldine its vitality in the process.

We then read Gilgamesh: May 25, Chris rated it mccaghrean was ok. It enriches readers’ understanding without violating the source.

Aug 17, Erin rated it it was amazing. I did not like some of the sad parts, but I did like reading about Gilgamesh’s adventures. Jun 13, Reuel rated it really liked it Shelves: L gave it 5 stars, as expected since she already loves the story thanks vy other versions for even younger readers, but even K gave it 4.

Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean

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Along the way, he will face the only truth about death that still holds today.