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Lugalbanda: The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War: An Epic Tale from Ancient Iraq

Lugalbanda: The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War: An Epic Tale from Ancient Iraq

Spring 2006 Fiction
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Kathy Henderson
Illustrator: Jane Ray
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0763627828
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Review:
In a fascinating afterword which sketches Sumerian culture, the archeological investigations which lead to the discovery of the clay tablets containing this text, the etymology (and demise) of the cuneiform script, and the process of adaptation for a modern audience, author Kathy Henderson reveals the breathtaking possibility that this story “can well lay claim to be the oldest written story in the world.” And what a story it is—filled with gods, magic, battles, and love—it is at once heroic, touching, mysterious and powerful. The narrative follows the adventures of a sickly prince, the youngest of eight brothers, whose older siblings are forced to leave him in a mountain cave when their army moves on into battle.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.


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