|The 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.