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Title: A Book of Dragons
Publisher: Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 1985
Illustrator: Leonard Baskin
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Artist
Edition: First Printing
About this title
Features twenty dragons from many mythologies and literatures, including St. George's dragon, the Hydra, and Smug from "Hobbit."From School Library Journal:
Grade 3 Up In 20 short encapsulated stories, the Baskins acquaint children with dragons from a diversity of cultures. Some of the stories are familiar: the slaying of the Hydra by Hercules, Grendel's mother by Beowulf and the nameless dragon by St. George. Others are more unusual: the Laidly Worm, who was Childe Wynd's enchanted sister; Fafnir, who was slain by Siegfried of Medieval Scandinavia; and the dragon slain by the Polish legendary figure Krak. Included also is Smaug, Tolkien's creation, and a couple that are purely Baskin originals. Readers, however, must have previous knowledge of which come from folklore and literature and which are vintage Baskin. While the stories are seldom more than a paragraph long, what is given will leave readers wanting to know more, as in the summation of the story of Jason and Medea slaying the dragon of Colchis: "He and Medea returned to Thessaly with their prize and became king and queen, but they did not live happily ever after." However, no sources are given, either for the abbreviated stories or for further reading. The full-color paintings facing each description show the beasts almost jumping from the dark background and, in some cases, escaping the borders of the illustration. The glorious colors and richness of each painting portray these beasts in a new and masterful way. While there are other books about dragons, namely Manning-Sanders' Book of Dragons (Dutton, 1965; o.p.) and Spicer's Thirteen Dragons (Coward, 1974; o.p.), none is so sumptuously illustrated. Because of the text, though, it's better suited to classroom use than individual reading. Patricia Homer, Lowville School Library, N.Y.
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