Wonder Beasts: Tales and Lore of the Phoenix, the Griffin, the Unicorn, and the Dragon

Wonder Beasts: Tales and Lore of the Phoenix, the Griffin, the Unicorn, and the Dragon

by Joe Nigg
     
 

This book presents tales of mythical beasts, offering primary sources (e.g., the writings of Herodotus, original fairy tales, poems) within the context of background material and commentary. Discussion questions and activities complete each chapter.

Focusing on the phoenix, the griffin, the unicorn, and the dragon, this book combines tales and lore of each,

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Overview

This book presents tales of mythical beasts, offering primary sources (e.g., the writings of Herodotus, original fairy tales, poems) within the context of background material and commentary. Discussion questions and activities complete each chapter.

Focusing on the phoenix, the griffin, the unicorn, and the dragon, this book combines tales and lore of each, presenting primary sources (e.g., the writings of Herodotus and original fairy tales and poems) within the context of background material and commentary. The shifting images of these animals offer a unique perspective on myths, religions, art, literature, and science in history. Discussion questions and learning activities at the end of the chapters guide students in exploring the worlds surrounding each beast. Sure to appeal to all ages, this fascinating collection makes a wonderful supplement to world history courses and is a great resource for reports.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This rather academic treatment of the beasts of legends includes encyclopedia-like entries, excerpts from classic texts, and more modern tales. Each chapter begins by tracing the orgins of the creature and discusses the forms it has taken in various cultures. Nigg presents ancient writings from such people as Herodotus, Pliny the Elder, and Ovid to give a historical literary picture, then includes more engaging stories from writers such as E. Nesbit and Lewis Carroll. Students who are working on reports or dedicated fantasy readers will find a wealth of hard-to-find information, particularly on the phoenix and the griffin, if they can get past the dry presentation and dull format. All of the type is set in a cranberry-colored font, and the sketches and maps are rendered in the same color, which creates little visual interest. For pleasure reading, students may prefer Jane Yolen's Here There Be Dragons (1993) and Here There Be Unicorns (1994, both Harcourt), which cover two of the same creatures as this collection and include more stories. The author provides an extensive list of references, but neglects to mention Yolen's books or Bruce Coville's Unicorn Treasury (Doubleday, 1988). Wonder Beasts is more similar in tone to James Cross Giblin's The Truth about Unicorns (HarperCollins, 1991), but is for older readers.-Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day School Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563082429
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/15/1995
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

JOE NIGG, a writer and editor in Denver, Colo., is an expert on mythological animals and has published three previous books on the subjectThe Book of Gryphons (Applewood Books, 1982); Gryphons: The Strength of Lions and the Flight of Eagles (Green Tiger Press, 1982); and A Guide to the Imaginary Birds of the World (Applewood Books, 1984).

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