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.
JOE NIGG, a writer and editor in Denver, Colo., is an expert on mythological animals and has published three previous books on the subject The 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).