Wednesday, June 04, 2008

A SUPER NEW BOOK FOR KIDS 11-14

"The book is a treasure! [The Golden Bull] is a perfect vehicle for encouraging young readers to be drawn into this ancient world."
- Nancy Stone Bernard, Director
Archaeological Associates of Greenwich, Connecticut

http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=gy5tkncab.0.0.r8xzkacab.0&p=http://www.charlesbridge.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=4800&id=previewThe story takes place 5,000 years
ago in Mesopotamia, where the
oldest literate and urban culture in
the world took root. Jomar and his younger sister, Zefa, live on a farm
on the outskirts of the vibrant city
of Ur. Because of a devastating drought, the children are sent
away
by their parents to seek employment in Ur.

At 14 Jomar is apprenticed to a master goldsmith who embellishes
a magnificent gold ang lapis bull's head that will be attached to a lyre. But Zefa finds no welcome in the goldsmith's home.

To survive in a city whose life and customs are new to them, the siblings must put aside old resentments to overcome the obstacles they face.

Young readers ages 11-14 will relate to siblings Jomar and Zefa, and become enthralled with this ancient civilization. The Golden Bull connects to the history-social science content standards for studying ancient civilizations.

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