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The City of Rainbows: A Tale from Ancient Sumer [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Karen Foster , Karen Polinger Foster

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31 Dec 1999
Written over four thousand years ago in ancient Mesopotamia, The City of Rainbows is one of the world's oldest folktales, featuring a wise king, a foolish king, magic deeds, talking animals, and a good witch who triumphs over a wicked sorcerer. This book offers the first modern retelling of the story, together with colour cut-paper illustrations based on actual works of Sumerian mosaic art. The City of Rainbows will delight audiences young and old with its vivid characters and timeless humour. Karen Foster teaches ancient art and archaeology at Yale University.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Museum Publications (31 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0924171707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0924171703
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,693,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Polinger Foster (A.B. 1971, Mount Holyoke College; M.A. 1974, M.Phil., Ph.D. 1976, Yale University) is Lecturer in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and History of Art at Yale University. She specialises in the Bronze Age Aegean, and has a particular interest in interconnections with Egypt and Mesopotamia. Foster, having published extensively in her field, was awarded the Felicia A. Holton Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America in 2010 for Civilizations of Ancient Iraq (2009), a book co-authored with Benjamin R. Foster. In addition, she has recently completed a trilogy of articles looking at volcanic imagery in art and literature, her investigations spanning from Thera to Pompeii. Her work on the Thera eruption has led to several collaborative scientific analyses of pumice from Egyptian graves. Foster is the author of over seventy articles and book reviews. She has also been actively involved in exhibitions, special events, conferences and panel discussions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very cool and creative book 20 Oct 2008
By D. Goodpasture - Published on Amazon.com
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The author gives her creative rendition of a 4,000 year old Sumerian folk tale carved in stone and recently unearthed by archeologists. It is very creatively illustrated. The author tries to recreate the ancient mosaic style with her own unique paper cuts. She also numbers the pages with cuneiform versions of the Hindu numerals superimposed on the original stone tablet. The author is also an archeology and ancient art teacher. So, everything is explained in the back of this book. Parts of the story are superimposed on faded black and white photos of archeological sites. Uruk is also the city of Gilgamesh and the goddess, Inanna. I would have found it helpful if some maps of ancient Sumer had been included. Also it's worth pointing out that in 4,000 years the geography and topography have changed, e.g. rivers shift, and or dry up, and coastlines can recede or flood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascintating history and excellent teaching tool 27 Nov 2011
By Ghislaine - Published on Amazon.com
As a teacher, I use this book with middle school students learning about ancient Mesopotamia. I use it to teach not only history but also various reading skills as I read it out loud. It's short enough to read in one or two class sessions if using it just as a read-aloud but can also be extended over several more periods if doing additional reading/writing tasks. The story itself is engaging and the illustrations are excellent. I highly recommend this book for classroom use!
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