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

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Found in Iraq and older than the Bible, the Koran, or the Torah, this stirring epic - the world's oldest written story - now becomes available to a general readership for the very first time.

Lugalbanda woke with a jolt. He opened his eyes and what did he see but the terrible Anzu bird beating its wings in its nest high above. . . . Did he quake? Did he quail? No. Lugalbanda the Brave sat and stared, and into his head came a brilliant idea.

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Overview

Found in Iraq and older than the Bible, the Koran, or the Torah, this stirring epic - the world's oldest written story - now becomes available to a general readership for the very first time.

Lugalbanda woke with a jolt. He opened his eyes and what did he see but the terrible Anzu bird beating its wings in its nest high above. . . . Did he quake? Did he quail? No. Lugalbanda the Brave sat and stared, and into his head came a brilliant idea.

Before the Bible and the Koran, before even the Greek and Roman myths, there came a story from the land we now call Iraq. Speaking across five thousand years, in a voice so fresh and timeless it could have been written yesterday, this tale tells of an extraordinary journey, of a magical bird, of a battle that wouldn't end, and of wisdom gained. It is the story of Lugalbanda, a boy in a time of war.

Etched on clay tablets in cuneiform, lost underground for thousands of years, and rediscovered just 150 years ago, this account of the epic adventures of a loyal, resourceful boy is renarrated in lyrical prose by Kathy Henderson and set against Jane Ray's glorious images glinting with gold.

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Publishers Weekly
Henderson (Three Wise Women) and Ray (Jinnie Ghost) here resurrect "one of the oldest stories in the world," and elegantly present it anew for young audiences. The feats of the youthful Lugalbanda (meaning "little prince") originally were recorded in wedge-shaped marks called cuneiform in a pair of epic poems on clay tablets, more than 4,000 years ago. Set in Ancient Sumer, which we now call Iraq, this tale, with its themes of war and peace, is eerily timely. Lugalbanda follows his seven older brothers, all army commanders, into war to plunder another city's riches. When the boy falls ill along the way, the brothers leave him behind with provisions. After three days, the boy wakes, and his encounter with the legendary Anzu bird, a "monster of the skies," helps save him. The great bird grants Lugalbanda a wish (for "strength in my legs so I never get tired-and arms that can reach out and never feel weak"), which helps his city prevail in war, but in a way that may well surprise readers. Mixed-media full-page and spot illustrations incorporate elaborate details, as seen in the Anzu bird's ornately patterned feathers and subtle color gradations. The somewhat exaggerated proportions in the artwork, and the appearance of the moon and sun in the same sky add a mystical feel to the art, while an airy design breaks up the text-heavy spreads. Henderson's foreword and afterword describe the extraordinary phases of discovery of the text and Sumerian culture, and how she derived this narrative from the cuneiform writings. Wrapped in mystery and myth, this story's message of courage and compassion sounds across the millennia. Ages 8-up. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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This tale from ancient Iraq is purported to be the oldest written story ever discovered. It was written by the ancient Sumerians about five thousand years ago. Lugalbanda was the youngest of King Enmerkar's eight sons. When his father and older brothers prepared to go to war, he insisted that he must go along. After six days of strenuous marching, young Lugalbanda fell ill. He could not continue on. His brothers made him comfortable in a warm cave, placed food around him, hung pots of scented incense over his head, and placed his ax and dagger nearby. They left in sorrow knowing that war would not wait for a young boy to recover. After two days of sleeping, Lugalbanda awakened. He called out to the sun god Utu in the morning and to the evening star goddess Inana that night. They sent the moon god Nanna-Suen to stay with Lugalbanda during his recovery. Lugalbanda learned to survive on his own, but he was lost and lonely. He decided to befriend the fearsome Anzu bird through feeding and honoring the chick left in the nest. The grateful Anzu bird offered Lugalbanda many different treasures, but he asked only for superhuman strength—for legs that would run and never be tired and arms that could reach out and never feel weak. After granting Lugalbanda's wish, the Anzu bird flew high over the mountains and found King Enmerkar's army. Lugalbanda's brothers rejoiced at his arrival. Lugalbanda kept his divine skills secret as he used them for the advantage of his people. When he returned to Uruk, he honored the gods and goddesses who had helped him and he filled his land with statues, sculptures, and paintings of the great Anzu bird. The book is profusely illustrated with many full-pagepaintings and smaller accent pieces based on Ray's research of Sumerian artifacts in the British Museum. This is an elegantly designed book in a longer format than usually found with the retelling of folk tales. 2006, Candlewick Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-Both timely and timeless, Lugalbanda is the oldest-known written story, predating even the epic of Gilgamesh (who may be Lugalbanda's son). The cuneiform tablets on which this Sumerian legend was inscribed were discovered during 19th-century excavations, but not deciphered until the 1970s. Henderson's vivid, yet stately words and Ray's Sumerian-inspired watercolor, ink, and collage illustrations bring immediacy to this story of a boy caught up in wartime. Lugalbanda's courage, native kindness, and prescience contributed to his heroism. Grievously ill, he is left behind in the wilderness while his brothers' army marches to war. Upon his recovery, Lugalbanda tames the fearsome Anzu bird with its teeth of a shark and talons of an eagle and persuades the monster to grant him supernatural strength and speed. In return, the prince promises that his people will venerate the Anzu bird in perpetuity. With the publication of this beautiful, fascinating book, modern readers can come to appreciate a compelling narrative from a civilization about which we are still learning.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Piecing together and recasting ancient Sumerian texts, Henderson tells a tale even older than the epic of Gilgamesh-about Gilgamesh's father, in fact, as a young prince who accompanies his own father King Enmerkar to war and plays an important role in bringing it to a peaceful end. Marching with the army of Uruk, Lugalbanda falls so ill that he is left behind in a cave. Recovering, he wanders in the Lullubu Mountains until he comes upon the hatchling of the monstrous Anzu bird. Feeding rather than killing it, he earns from its grateful parent the ability to run without tiring, and so becomes a messenger for his father, locked in a long siege, and the goddess Inana, who sends a promise that Uruk will conquer only if the rival city under attack is spared from destruction. Ray matches Henderson's fluent, dramatic storytelling with richly decorated scenes of a small, almond-eyed everylad courageously facing illness, loneliness, huge, bloody-beaked birds and other challenges. Handsomely packaged and sandwiched between detailed historical notes, this oldest of written stories still carries particular meaning for modern readers-especially considering its Middle Eastern setting. (Folktale. 9-11)Junior Library Guild selection
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763627829
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/11/2006
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.63 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHY HENDERSON is an artist, printmaker, and illustrator as well as an award-winning children's author. She first came across the story of Lugalbanda in 2003, just before the invasion of Iraq. "The timing was extraordinary. Here was a story that was incredibly old, powerful, and mysterious, from a civilization I'd barely heard of, and yet it spoke straight to the present. Just as extraordinary was that almost nobody knew about it. All through the process of making the book, I've felt hugely privileged to be able to play even a small part in bringing this story back to life." Kathy Henderson lives in London.

JANE RAY is an acclaimed illustrator whose distinctive artwork for children's books is recognized around the world. She has won the Smarties Book Prize and has been nominated four times for the Kate Greenaway Medal. While illustrating LUGALBANDA, she enjoyed studying an array of ancient Sumerian artifacts in the British Museum. "This is the first time I've really had to research a particular historical period for a book, and I found it completely fascinating. It was wonderful to have the chance to explore the skill, beauty, and sophistication of this ancient culture - an added pleasure in illustrating the story." Jane Ray lives in London.

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