Behold... the Dragons!

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Once people believed in dragons, but not today. Still, we continue to celebrate these fantastic creatures in stories, movies, and songs. In fact, dragons are so popular there is a science just to study them!

In a book that is carefully researched, brimming with energy and charm, and full of fascinating facts, Gail Gibbons tells readers all about dragons — their origins, their place in mythology and folktales, and why we are still so fascinated ...

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Overview

Once people believed in dragons, but not today. Still, we continue to celebrate these fantastic creatures in stories, movies, and songs. In fact, dragons are so popular there is a science just to study them!

In a book that is carefully researched, brimming with energy and charm, and full of fascinating facts, Gail Gibbons tells readers all about dragons — their origins, their place in mythology and folktales, and why we are still so fascinated with them today.

Explains how myths about dragons developed, different types of dragons, what draconologists do, and how different cultures portray dragons.

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K-Gr 4-Gibbons begins with a discussion of how early humans created imaginary beasts to explain natural phenomena. She credits "dracontologists" with classifying folkloric and literary dragons and describes each of the five types in a few brief paragraphs. She retells some of the most famous tales involving these creatures, including those of Marduk and Tiamat of ancient Mesopotamia; Hercules and the Hydra; Beowulf and St. George and their dragons; and Quetzalcoatl, the dragon god of the Aztecs. A final page introduces seven related creatures ranging from Draco, the star constellation, to the Komodo dragon, a living reptile from Indonesia. Gibbons's dragons are boisterous and impressive, but not frightening. Drawn in bold black ink and washed in rich colors and textures, these ebullient beasts are barely restrained by the skewed portals in abstracted stone and earth colors that frame the pictures. Karl Shuker's Dragons (S & S, 1995) is a similar catalog for older readers, describing the same five classes and individual dragons in much greater detail. Both Demi's Dragons & Fantastic Creatures (Holt, 1995) and Graeme Base's The Discovery of Dragons (Abrams, 1996) rely more on the authors' imaginations than folklore. Gibbons's book entertains readers as it teaches them something about history and literature, and proves "What mysterious and changeable beasts they [the dragons] were."-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688155261
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons, author of more than one hundred books, is the winner of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children’s nonfiction literature. Called a “master of picture book nonfiction” by ALA Booklist, Ms. Gibbons has a special talent for making complex subjects understandable and entertaining for young readers.

Gail Gibbons, author of more than one hundred books, is the winner of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children’s nonfiction literature. Called a “master of picture book nonfiction” by ALA Booklist, Ms. Gibbons has a special talent for making complex subjects understandable and entertaining for young readers.

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