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From Publishers Weekly

This collection of poems celebrates mythological creatures of all shapes, sizes and origins. "To their world Carle brings his own unique vision," said PW, "creating beings that shimmer with vitality in bright, bold colors." Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A second well-chosen, gorgeously illustrated collection of poetry in the style of Animals Animals (1989). Not only dragons but a worldwide collection of fabulous beasts--yeti, Quetzalcoatl, okolo, Pan, kracken, and many more--appear in poems that range a bit in quality as well as origin. The interest level is consistently high--especially when coupled with Carle's flamboyant art. Whipple concludes gracefully with the closing speech from A Midsummer Night's Dream, and also contributes a glossary with its own intelligent introduction. Index. (Poetry/Picture book. 3+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (January 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014240103X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142401033
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a world where Teletubbies rule and purple dinosaurs cavort under hot studio lights, it is refreshing to find a children's entertainment devoid of pretension, which combines a bold design sense with quotes from genre stalwarts (Anne McCaffrey and John Gardner, among others) to form what amounts to a kid's first mythological primer. It's also a great way for adults to revisit the subject, as it delves not only into classical Greek and Roman lore, but also into the oft-ignored realms of African and Asian mythology.
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We just bought this book for our seven year old son. The collection of poems, combined with Eric Carle's magical drawings has taken our son to a new world filled with dragons, unicorns, and all kinds of fantastic creatures. This is the world of a child's imagination and there is no one like Eric Carle to bring it to life...Read to your child, stare at the beauty of the art work and you will travel together to a magical land.
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This book provides a good start to teaching children to love poems. It contains the one element necessary to every successful poetic verse: transformation and magic.

The book opens with a William Blake epigraph: "O! How I dreamt of things impossible."

Inside are 32 poems, from a range of sources, including the Book of Job, Sir Richard Burton, William Shakespeare--and every poet's demi-god, Ranier Maria Rilke.

Each verse is wonderful in its own right. The words alone make this book alive for kids: Reading several of these poems to a class of second graders elicited cries for more. I ran over time, and ended up reading half the poems.

The brilliant illustrations add their own glory.

---Alyssa A. Lappen
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I hate to contradict the lower ratings in this review, but I had to write and say that my 3 year old LOVED this book, definitely one of his very favorites, of all of his large library. He loves the pictures, he loves the idea of the mythical creatures (the stereotype of boys being fascinated by monsters has been true for him), he is intrigued by the poetry. I don't understand how the review writers can't see the value of little people being exposed to great writers of poetry! He is neither depressed or put off, but intrigued. He laughs at the appropriate places, and we discuss the creatures, and as a mom I am thrilled. So, I do not think Eric Carle has failed us in any way. In fact, I am grateful someone gives our young people credit and believes in their potential!
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I teach 3 year olds and each summer, we celebrate Eric Carle. I was looking for something besides Brown Bear...and came across this book. It's amazing! He's such a fabulous artist! The children loved trying to recreate his artistic style and exploring the different types of creatures he selected for the book. I read the reviews and some people mentioned it was too difficult for their children. I felt it was easily adaptable and the children in my class were fascinated. I DO recommend this book. And not just for little children. For a child in elementary school, this would be a fantastic writing prompt! Children need to use their imagination and Eric Carle's art is so inspiring!
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We've owned this book for a couple of years. When we bought it our 5 year old wasn't reading much at all but the illustrations engaged him and he would look through it often. Now he's a strong reader and still goes back to that book often. Definitely worth owning if your kid is into dragons and other fun creatures.
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I owned this book as a teenager and loved it., but lost it during a move. I've now bought it for my daughter.The poetry is brilliant, and works well with Eric Carle's illustrations. I hope my daughter grows up to appreciate this work as much as I did!
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We love this book! It's beautifully illustrated and the write-ups are interesting and entertaining. We actually refer to this book whenever we discuss mythical creatures during our homeschool lessons with both kids (6 and 10), even though this book is for my 6-year-old. It's definitely a keeper.
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