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Lake and Sea Monsters
     

Lake and Sea Monsters

by Linda S. Godfrey
 
Sporting fins, scales, and sometimes horns or fur, a host of unidentifiable water creatures have poked their dripping heads above the waves throughout recorded history. Eyewitnesses to water monster encounters are usually left puzzled, terrified, and questioning the origins and elusiveness of the creatures. Most people can describe what a typical sea monster looks

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Sporting fins, scales, and sometimes horns or fur, a host of unidentifiable water creatures have poked their dripping heads above the waves throughout recorded history. Eyewitnesses to water monster encounters are usually left puzzled, terrified, and questioning the origins and elusiveness of the creatures. Most people can describe what a typical sea monster looks like, yet no museum boasts a skeleton, and an irrefutable photograph of a sea serpent or the legendary Loch Ness Monster does not exist. Lake and Sea Monsters thoroughly explores humanity's fascination with these wet wonders and separates fact from fiction by examining ancient legends and myths, contemporary eyewitness accounts, and the latest scientific discoveries.

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Children's Literature - Melyssa Malinowski
Do you believe in Nessie, the Loch Ness monster? Have you ever heard of Jenny, who lives in Geneva Lake in Wisconsin? These are just two examples of fantastic creatures that may or may not exist. This book is full of fascinating information, giving the origins of myths about lake and sea monsters. The author also notes places where creatures have been sighted and offers illustrations of what they might look like. The book also exposes the hoaxes that are an unwelcome part of the investigation of monsters. There is also a section about monsters of the past, for which we have actual proof, and modern day monsters. The text is punctuated with illustrations and pictures, as well as anecdotal sections that relate to the overall section of that chapter. The book boasts an index, a glossary and reference section, complete with websites. While this book is fascinating, it is slightly dry and a little technical. Also, since much of the books deals with myth and stories, the illustrations are cartoony and elementary. This book would be best marketed to fans of the genre. Students who are fascinated by Nessie and who want to really learn something will love this book; however it is not for the casual pleasure reader. "Mysteries, Legends and Unexplained Phenomena" series. Reviewer: Melyssa Malinowski

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791093931
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Series:
Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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