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Gilgamesh the Hero [Hardcover]

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.1" Width: 7.8" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2003
Publisher   Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Age  9-12
ISBN  0802852629  
EAN  9780802852625  

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A retelling, based on seventh-century B.C. Assyrian clay tablets, of the wanderings and adventures of the god king, Gilgamesh, who ruled in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in about 2700 B.C., and of his faithful companion, Enkidu.

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This is one of the oldest stories in the world, and it's about things that still matter to us today: friendship, fame, courage, happiness.Gilgamesh and Enkidu are friends -- best friends. Together they can work wonders, fight monsters, brave earthquakes, travel the world But waiting in the dark is the one enemy they can never overcome.Retold by award-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.

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More About Geraldine McCaughrean, David Parkins, Dawn Hanson Smart, Puan Noor Aishah, S. R. Nathan, Lorna Templeton & Carol Atkinson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Geraldine McCaughrean has written more than 160 well-loved books and has received countless awards, including the ALA's Michael L Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Kristina Swarner creates her exquisitely rendered illustrations by working in a mixture of linoleum print, watercolor, and colored pencil. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Geraldine McCaughrean currently resides in Berkshire.

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One of the best!  May 23, 2008
This version concentrates very little on fighting monsters, instead the author focuses on Gilgamesh's quest for immortality and the importance of enjoying our short lives. Gilgamesh is believed to be the world's oldest epic and the original flood story. After nearly being destroyed by a flood Gilgamesh goes on an epic journey to find the elixir of immortality. The moral of the story ends up being about accepting the things we can't change and making the most of our lives.
delightful version of one of my favorite tales  Apr 12, 2008
I had read John Gardner's version previously and highly recommend it as a more complete translation.
McCaughrean has not included every adventure of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, but has rendered a beautiful version to introduce readers to Gilgamesh and his BFF Enkidu. His trip to the Underworld is left out. She only makes a passing reference to his being 2/3 god and 1/3 man, my favorite Gilgamesh trait.
The language is beautiful. I found passages so beautifully expressed that I had to read them out loud to my household.
The illustrations add to the book. On the pages with the description of The Great Flood, the waves of the water are under the text. The image of Gilgamesh in grief is as strong an illustration of grief as one can find anywhere.
The book only took a couple of hours to read, but it lingers, like the memory of a gourmet meal, deeply satisfying.
I will look for additional books by Geraldine McCaughrean. That has to be the ultimate "good review" of an author.
Great purchase.  Oct 2, 2007
What a well-written account of the Gilgamesh story. The language is delightful, and the pictures add interest. I read it to a high school mythology class and they were attentive and enthralled.
Intense  Sep 19, 2007
THis is a vey good book but, if you are looking for a sweet book that would not be this one. It is a great book but a little intense. It teaches you compassion for others and to get through hard times. Well, I hope you enjoy it.
Gilgamesh the Hero, hardback edition  Sep 13, 2007
Our whole family enjoyed reading this retelling of the ancient Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh. The style is engaging and detailed enough for older readers but fast-paced enough to keep the attention of the early-elementary crowd as well- however, it does contain some rascally characters, including the Babylonian gods, and some parents may be uncomfortable with their suggestive behavior. Overall, it is a good glimpse of the Mesopotamian culture.

For those who are not familiar with Gilgamesh's story, he is a restless, energetic king of Uruk who goes on a quest for immortality. Through his struggles and triumphs he learns to care for his people and enjoy the life that is given him. He also meets Utnapishtim (better known to the rest of us as Noah) and hears the Babylonian version of Noah's flood.(This is one of numerous, ancient accounts of a world-wide flood, and bears striking similarities to the biblical story.) I enjoyed the many illustrations, but they were too 'messy' for my kids!

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