Bestiary: An Illuminated Alphabet of Medieval Beasts

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Medieval scholars kept a bestiary to record the names of all the supernatural creatures they believed existed--including their myths and stories. Here is an illustrated collection of 26 beasts from medieval legends. A text full of fascinating details, along with a pronunciation guide, an author's note, a map, and a bibliography, will show reader the "facts" about the monsters from the Middle Ages. Full color.

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Overview

Medieval scholars kept a bestiary to record the names of all the supernatural creatures they believed existed--including their myths and stories. Here is an illustrated collection of 26 beasts from medieval legends. A text full of fascinating details, along with a pronunciation guide, an author's note, a map, and a bibliography, will show reader the "facts" about the monsters from the Middle Ages. Full color.

An alphabet bestiary featuring mythical animals such as the amphisbaena, basilisk, and catoblepas.

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Children's Literature - Sue Reichard
Jerry Spinelli has written another gem to add to the "Tooter Tales" series. This beginning reader will entertain kids in grades 1-3 as they read about Tooter and her family's move to Aunt Sally's farm. Tooter does not like farm work, but in her own determined style, she demonstrates that hard work and an imagination can bring rewards. Nelson's illustrations bring detail and humor to this inspiring story that features a strong female character.
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Gr 4-8-This eye-catching picture book is for readers old enough to have acquired a sense of time past and who can appreciate the power that myth and legend can exert on the human imagination. It is, like Hunt's Illuminations (S & S, 1989), a reflection of the ideas and world view of the medieval centuries, a time when the Earth seemed full of mysterious beasts and travelers wrote tales of fantastic adventures. The author's extensive research into the history of bestiaries (as evidenced by his appended note and the lengthy bibliography) has yielded 26 brightly colored, action-filled illustrations of wondrous, and mostly fearsome, creatures. Familiar legendary beasts such as the griffin, phoenix, and sphinx share the pages with the ichneumon, ozaena, ziphius, and other curiosities. A pronunciation guide on the first page helps readers with the names, and a brief paragraph under each neatly framed picture explains the powers and peculiar habits of the storied creatures. A decorative map on the endpapers shows the known world of the Middle Ages and the location of each reported marvel. Fun to read because of the fabulous creatures and the accounts of their often-bizarre appetites and reported ferocity, this book offers an engaging pictorial supplement to studies of the Middle Ages or units on legends and myths.-Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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In this companion to Hunt's Illuminations, fearful horrors mix with benevolent beasts, populating an alphabet book that should provide many hours of discovery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689812460
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2003

    great pictures

    its got awsome beasts someof the words are a little big though

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