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For thousands of years, the legendary dragon has inspired awe and wonder in cultures the world over. Now Michael Hague, one of America's most beloved painters of fantasy, boldly captures seventeen classic dragon tales. Within these pages are the stories of heroic dragon slayers such as Perseus, St. George, and Sigurd, as well as the magical writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. The mythical dragon will be very real indeed for all who read these enchanting tales.

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Overview

For thousands of years, the legendary dragon has inspired awe and wonder in cultures the world over. Now Michael Hague, one of America's most beloved painters of fantasy, boldly captures seventeen classic dragon tales. Within these pages are the stories of heroic dragon slayers such as Perseus, St. George, and Sigurd, as well as the magical writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. The mythical dragon will be very real indeed for all who read these enchanting tales.

A collection of short stories featuring dragons, by such authors as Italo Calvino, Kenneth Grahame, and Elizabeth Coatsworth.

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ALA Booklist
“A handsome anthology to whet the appetites of the dragon-lovers among us.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Take one first-rate collection of fire-breathing, scale-flashing, wing-flapping, tail-lashing dragon yarns. Lace it with elegant black-and-white line drawings and a generous dollop of unabashedly romantic color plates awash with vibrant hues. The result? A deliciously old-fashioned storybook, delivering just the sort of fantasy Hague is best known for. He pulls out all the stops for this one, using watercolors to present a diverse assortment of winged beasts. There are green dragons, red dragons, multi-headed dragons, even dragons that hint of the Orient with their long beards and manes. The stories-from such luminaries as Kenneth Grahame, J.R.R. Tolkien, E. Nesbit, Elizabeth Coatsworth and C.S. Lewis-are equally splendid. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Hague has assembled a wonderful collection of 17 stories about dragons from such noted authors as C. S. Lewis, J. R. Tolkien, the Brothers Grimm and others. Stories range in length from 3 to 11 pages. Each is handsomely illustrated with a full-page color rendering that nearly jumps from the page with its depth of color and detail. Many of the tales are also interspersed with black & white drawings. Readers will delight in the variety of stories and the artwork presented here. Be sure to run your fingers over the gnarled texture of the dragon's hide of the book jacket.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Seventeen short selections that will appeal to lovers of dragons, fantasy, and folktales. A broad range of writing styles and plot twists are pulled together to provide readers with something fresh in each tale. Excerpts from classic novels such as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, C.S. Lewis's Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and short stories such as Kenneth Grahame's ``The Reluctant Dragon'' are included. In addition, there are folktales from China, Italy, and Germany. Most of the heroes are men, but occasionally children are the only ones who can outsmart the dragon. In ``Li Chi Slays the Serpent,'' it is a young girl who conquers the beast. Hague's beautiful full-page watercolors reflect the different moods of the stories and the temperaments of the dragons depicted. A pen-and-ink drawing of a dragon announces each new selection; delicately detailed line drawings appear throughout. The combination of well-selected stories and excerpts and dramatic artwork make The Book of Dragons a fine addition to library collections.-Dawn Ibey, Vancouver Public Library, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060759681
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/3/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.93 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Hague is renowned as the illustrator of many children's classics, including editions of The Wizard Of Oz, Peter Pan, The Hobbit, and The Velveteen Rabbit. He also illustrated The Book of Ghosts, Where Fairies Dance, The Book of Wizards, and The Book of Fairy Poetry as well as wrote and illustrated the graphic novel in The Small. Michael lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

The Dragon and the Enchanted Filly 1
The Adventures of Eustace 10
Perseus and Andromeda 16
The Reluctant Dragon 20
The Flower Queen's Daughter 26
Li Chi Slays the Serpent 35
Bilbo Baggins and Smaug 39
Uncle Lubin and the Dragon 47
The Deliverers of Their Country 50
The Devil and His Grandmother 67
Sigurd and Fafnir 72
The Story of Wang Li 78
St. George and the Dragon 89
Stan Bolovan 96
The Good Sword 110
The Dragon of Wantley 121
The Dragon Tamers 128
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

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    Well. I am a young Ukrainian poet, wrighter, translator... Not very good I s'pose, but I really want to improve myself. I've translated now more then 20 poems of R.Kipling, R.Burns, T.Moore. 'Jontatan Livingstopne, Seaguul' by B.Buch fragments of Tolkien's 'Silm'. Its ukrainian translations. And I want... no I NEED to translate this book too! I've sterted already. It is cool book for children and everybody who enjoy dragons! As for me - Dragons are my best beasts :)

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