Nearly every culture throughout history includes some version
of a dragon legend. These mesmerizing creatures have been shrouded
in mystery and placed firmly on the shelf of fantasy. But with
so many accounts from such different sources, including the Bible,
can the existence of dragons be dismissed so easily? This interactive
book explores the legends--from flying serpents to sea serpents,
from serpents that breathe fire to serpents that breathe ice--exploring
ancient texts in an effort to separate fact from fiction.
Dragons reads like a beautiful lapbook; it is filled
with windows, pockets, and mini-books that let readers delve into
the tangled history of dragons. It is intended for ages 9 to 12
but is enjoyable for all ages. Readers traverse the globe as they
ponder the flying dragons of North America, epic dragons of Europe,
revered dragons of Asia, sacred dragons in South America, enigmatic
dragons in Africa, and the water dragons of Australia.
I was fascinated by the sheer number of dragon stories in existence.
I knew that dragon-like creatures were mentioned in the Bible a
couple of times, but I had no idea that dragons are in fact mentioned
22 times in the Old Testament, 24 if you are reading the Geneva
Bible. An apocryphal account shares the story of Daniel in the
den of lions but also includes a legend about Daniel killing a
sacred dragon. Many other stories are shared, some familiar and
some completely new to me. These include the famous legends of
saints and dragons, accounts from Marco Polo and St. John of Damascus,
as well as the lore of the Loch Ness Monster and of Beowulf. Translations,
dragon names, and symbolism are also covered amidst the beautiful
pictures and artwork.
The binding is covered with a thin paper that did tear easily,
and I did run across a few grammatical errors, but all in all,
I found the book to be very reasonably priced on Amazon. This would
make a beautiful gift for any dragon lover or fan of fantasy. It
also makes an interesting study for anyone studying ancient history