Dragonology: Field Guide to Dragons

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Twelve intriguing mini models in the most deluxe field guide yet — an irresistible hands-on resource for devoted dragonologists!

Even skilled dragonologists need special preparation to study in the field. What if an unfamiliar species should approach? Now an impressive guide highlights nineteen different dragon species, many seen here for the first time. Focused on species from the obscure tree-climbing monkey dragon to the better-known wyvern and amphithere, each entry details ...

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Overview

Twelve intriguing mini models in the most deluxe field guide yet — an irresistible hands-on resource for devoted dragonologists!

Even skilled dragonologists need special preparation to study in the field. What if an unfamiliar species should approach? Now an impressive guide highlights nineteen different dragon species, many seen here for the first time. Focused on species from the obscure tree-climbing monkey dragon to the better-known wyvern and amphithere, each entry details size, shape, coloration, habitat, the appearance of eggs and young, and (most important) form of attack. To help readers recognize dragons in the wild, mini models of twelve of the species await assembly, each tucked in its own pocket and complete with its own stand.

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At first glance this appears to be a no-nonsense book about dragons, 10” wide by 10 ½” tall by 2” deep, maroon in color with the title “embossed” in silver embellished with two green dragon eyes on the front cover. Opening it reveals a set of four button-down wallets fixed to the inside of the front cover, and, facing the reader, is the first page of a spiral notebook attached to the spine. The packets contain puzzle pieces of dragons to be assembled for further intensive dragon study. The reader can find more packets fixed to the back cover and on an additional sturdy page on the inside, making twelve available models to be constructed. The text of the notebook, said to be written by a Dr. Ernest Drake in 1898, explains with wickedly ironic humor how to spot a dragon, understand their migrations and habitats, and study the various species of dragons including pseudo-dragons and the extinct varieties. Sixteen types are described in detail including pictures of their eggs, nests, and chicks. Twelve of these are available as models. For those readers ready to begin searching for marsupial dragons, for instance, the guide advises that “Their bounding gait and distinctive blue smoke make them easy to identify.” The models are easy to assemble, the black and white drawings look very like etchings from 19th Century natural history books (the chicks are particularly appealing); and the lively humor will be welcomed by all its readers. This book is recommended particularly for those bright early readers who will enjoy the book’s creativity and humor. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763636869
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/9/2007
  • Series: Ologies Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.63 (w) x 10.56 (h) x 2.11 (d)

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Dugald A. Steer, Editor: "With what trepidation I sat down to give my editorial attentions to what was clearly the masterwork of a very erudite man, should be obvious to all who read this book." So begins a letter, written in 1894, from Dugald Steer to an Oxford friend. The letter goes on to explain how a chance meeting with Dr. Ernest Drake at the BULL'S HEAD TAVERN in Dorking, Surrey, made him more than a little curious. Skeptical at first, he took up Dr. Drake's offer to meet him at his house and St. Leonard's Forest, and to attend one of the S.A.S.D. meetings in London. There, he became further involved in Dr. Drake's work, joining him on an expedition to Scotland to try and estimate the hunting range of the Dornoch Wyrm. As he writes, the trip was, "a cause of some emotion, as many of my relative, particularly the Ross branch, come from so near."

Douglas Carrel, Chief Draughtsman: A native of Scotland, Douglas Carrel was clearly a dragonologist of some standing, and often accompanied Dr. Drake on some of his more fruitful expeditions. In a letter from Constantinople to the editor he says, "It is with considerable sense of honour, and no small amount of pride, that I lend my hand to the compiling of this most worthy volume . . . Ultimately, I feel that all of us—within this privileged circle in particular—are duty-bound to preserve and perpetuate the love and lore of dragons."

Helen Ward, Scientific Artist: Helen Ward trained as an illustrator at Brighton School of Art, although it is not known exactly when she came into contact with Dr. Drake. However a quote from her autobiography makes some things clear: "As a child I dreamed of dragons. When age allowed, I traveled. Unfortunately, several expeditions to Europe and one to that part of Russia known as Finland specifically to capture the likeness of a live dragon have ended in failure. The creatures seemed deliberately elusive . . .. With the help of descriptions, notes, and detailed drawings made by others I have managed to illustrate these majestic creatures to the satisfaction of those more fortunate and better-informed dragonologists."

Wayne Anderson, Pictorial Artist: Interested in cryptozoology from an early age, Wayne Anderson first came into contact with S.A.S.D. at one of their meetings in Wyvern Way in London. It was after a couple of trips with Drake—to the Alps in 1878 and to Scotland in 1880—that Wayne realized his early dragon drawings were, in fact, more life-like than he could have realised. Like most of the other collaborators on DRAGONOLOGY, he has contributed to many other books for children. He enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with Helen Ward that resulted in books such as THE TIN FOREST and THE DRAGON MACHIINE.

Nghiem Ta, Artistic Direction: Dr. Drake met Nghiem Ta in the Fukien (now Fujian) Province of China where she was working in her grandfather's bookshop. Their shared interest in dragons became evident when he showed her a copy of the fabled DRAGON SUTRA of Hong Wei, which the monks of that monastery made for him as a gift. He asked Miss Ta if such a revered object could be bound into a book and was so impressed with her work that he later invited her to London to oversee the creation of DRAGONOLOGY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Amazing Fun

    This was one of the best Dragonology books ever. My 11 year old loved-loved-loved this book!!!
    It's really great to read and fun to build the 12 dragon models. Excellent book.
    P.S. You should probably get it.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    really fun to read

    I love these kinds of books that engage young readers to explore and read on their own. My daughter 8 years old loves this book and has others similar to it. It has "flaps" to look under and secret messages and things you do to build and learn about dragons. It was really fun for her.

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  • Posted February 15, 2009

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    Dragonology

    My niece loved it, she is 8 yrears old and has a fascination with dragons and such!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2007

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    It is really cool

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