Fantastical Creatures and Magical Beasts

Fantastical Creatures and Magical Beasts

by Shannon Knudsen
     
 

Mist drapes the crooked trees of the marshland. Even the sodden ground seems to sigh and gurgle with every step you take. Surely you must be near the serpent's lair. You raise a light by the dark water, which starts to ripple. Suddenly, a monstrous, writhing shape bursts into view. Arching over you, it swings a hideous, fanged head . . . and then another and

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Overview

Mist drapes the crooked trees of the marshland. Even the sodden ground seems to sigh and gurgle with every step you take. Surely you must be near the serpent's lair. You raise a light by the dark water, which starts to ripple. Suddenly, a monstrous, writhing shape bursts into view. Arching over you, it swings a hideous, fanged head . . . and then another and another . . . People throughout time have told tales of monsters and magical beasts. Some are fearsome - like the many-headed Hydra or the deadly basilisk. Others, like the dazzling unicorn or the dragons of ancient China, carry enchanting powers. Learn more about these and other fantastical creatures that have captivated us since ancient times.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
In four chapters, Knudsen introduces monsters, focuses on monsters specific to Ancient Greece, expands the coverage to beasts around the world, and reassures the reader that beasts still scare us. A selected bibliography and an annotated list of further reading and websites enables the eager reader to learn more, while an annotated list of three movies and television resources could engage the visual learner. An index makes this part of the "Fantasy Chronicles" series usable as a resource for further research. The writing style is second person, talking directly to the reader. Feeling almost as if one is listening around a fire, the work provides history, culture, religion, fantasy, and reality in a way that encourages critical thinking. Photographs and illustrations attract the eye while text engages the mind. Medusa, unicorns, the labyrinth, basilisks, and more are introduced, and the index enables the Harry Potter fan to learn more about the beasts in Rowling's series. Older readers will enjoy this introduction to fantasy creatures and beasts, while younger readers will view this as a more comprehensive work. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—These books give inquisitive readers facts about different elements of fantasy traditions throughout the world. Accompanied by a few pictures, but mostly focused on text, the explanations and history behind well-known fantastical creatures such as witches, fairies, and monsters will provide satisfaction for readers who want to know more about these familiar characters from myth, fantasy, and folk and fairy tales. Brief and concise, the information only skims the surface of what's been written about these creatures, but extensive bibliographies and further reading provide curious readers with directions for where to go for more.—Sarah O'Holla, Village Community School, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822599876
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2009
Series:
Fantasy Chronicles Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Shannon Knudsen has written books for young readers about elephants, mayors, the explorer Leif Eriksen, the reporter Nellie Bly, and many other topics. She lives with her cat and her dog in Tucson, Arizona. When she isn't writing, she likes to explore the desert and see how many of its plants and animals she can name.

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