This title in Capstone Press's quartet of books about dragons covers real-life animals and their similarities to dragons. The first chapter discusses where legends begin, suggesting that when peasants came across dinosaur skeletons, they assumed that they were actually dragon bones. Chapter two shows the resemblance of dinosaurs such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Pterosaurs to the way that dragons are portrayed in worldwide myths and legends. Chapter three discusses dragons among us (i.e., reptiles, such as the Komodo dragons, alligators and crocodiles) and various sea creatures (moray eels and Giant Pacific salamanders), that could be mistaken for dragons. The fourth and final chapter covers some creatures in today's world that may be imaginary or may be real such as the Loch Ness monster. It also features a photo of a giant coelacanth fish that was thought to be extinct until one was found off the coast of Madagascar in 1938. For youngsters with an insatiable appetite for facts about dragons, this book should be a hit. Reviewer: Lesley Moore Vossen
Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.
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