The Illustrated Guide To Mythical Creatures

Summary:

From Basilisks to Hsai, readers learn about dragons, monsters, characters of Greek myth, and shape shifters. Although the creatures themselves may be fictional, the book includes a lot of factual, historical data about them, including their worldly origins: Native American, Hebrew, Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, Hindu, Japanese, English, South American, Australian, African, and Russian.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Fascinating illustrations and lots of historical data will engage readers in exploring the worlds of fantasy creatures.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Parent Reaction

The illustrations are fascinating and have a “read more” quality about them. I loved how the book sorted the different types of creatures, allowing readers to explore a full set of "species" together.

Type of Book:
This is a text-heavy picture book for older audiences.
Educational Themes:

The book includes a list of original sources, and that would make a nice reading list for teens interested in learning more about these creatures.

Reading Level:
5.9
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 13
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. If you have (or know) a teen who loves mythology and magical creatures, this is a must-have for their library.

Title The Illustrated Guide to Mythical Creatures
Author David West, Anita Ganeri
Publisher Hammond © 2009
ISBN 9780843716696
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.99
Genres Fable | Folklore, Mythology
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