Story of the World Chapter 8 on the Assyrians tells the story of Gilgamesh the King. We used this book by Ludmila Zeman to learn the story.
I had pinned this post from Creekside Learning some time ago to remind me to do this with the kids. We rounded up our various props and acted it out as I read the story to them.
We used a lovely combination of toob animals & people, lego, blocks, and Little People.
Gilgamesh the King ruled the city of Uruk with quite a heavy hand. Here he is ordering his people to build an extremely tall wall around the city. They were quite afraid of him as I’m sure you can tell.
Meanwhile out in the forest lived Enkidu with his animal friends. (Enkidu was really part man, part beast but I didn’t have one of those laying around!)
I was too busy reading the story to get good pictures of the rest. Basically Gilgamesh becomes threatened by Enkidu and uses the beautiful Shamhat to lure Enkidu to the kingdom so he can destroy him. Quite the tale, it becomes a love story but has a wonderful battle scene where Enkidu…well, you’ll have to read it if you don’t know the story already.
Apparently at the end the people of Uruk stood on the walls to celebrate. At least in our house they did.
Ladybug busied herself building her own towers. And she refused to smile for me but did give me this look of…um…utter satisfaction with herself and her towers.
There are two more books in the series. For now we enjoyed the first one the best. The other two are a bit much for the younger crowd, we will revisit them in the future as there is so much to discuss in these.