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Imagine a Dragon Hardcover – March 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press; Library Binding edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563973286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563973284
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–4—Pringle explores the history and traits of Eastern and Western dragons. He suggests why ancient civilizations might have believed in them and differentiates among their traits in different parts of the world. Illustrations, done in acrylic in a somewhat dark palette, invite readers, as the title suggests, to use their imaginations. All are filled with swirling colors, a few so kaleidoscopic that viewers must search for the creatures among the curves and lines. Patterns in backgrounds and borders reflect the various cultures from which they come. Among the eye-popping dragon books published recently, this one has a more scholarly feel. The summaries of stories about these mythical animals lack the richness of true storytelling, but the book will show young readers that there is much to learn about dragons and may lead them to research and dreaming of their own.—Ellen Heath, Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA
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Dragons may be friendly or scary, Pringle explains, depending on “when and where you lived.” He explores the possible origins of dragon folklore and summarizes Egyptian, Norwegian, Greek, and other frightening Western dragon legends, including those of St. George, John Smith, and the Lambton Wurm. The very brief accounts are short and shivery but not graphic. Powerful East Asian dragons, on the other hand, controlled the weather and were seen as a sign of good luck. In addition to the one Chinese story, Pringle provides details of dragons, as imagined by East Asian cultures, and tacks on a few facts about dragonflies and komodo dragons. Dark, brooding surrealistic illustrations suit the subject but may not satisfy children seeking sunnier pictures of dragons. This lacks the bright, colorful drawings of Gail Gibbons’ Behold . . . the Dragons! (1999), but it provides more information on East Asian dragons. Grades 2-4. --Linda Perkins

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Format: Hardcover
Gorgeously illustrated by Eujin Kim Neilan, Imagine a Dragon is a children's picturebook about the many myths behind the magical, fantastic beast that is the dragon. From the serpent of Apep that attacked the sun god Ra every night according to Egyptian lore, to the Norse dragon Nidhoggr that gnawed at the roots of the great tree Yggdrasil, to East Asian dragons that regulated the weather, Imagine a Dragon spans the gamut of multicultural dragon lore. An especial treat for young dragon lovers, though the abundance of text makes Imagine a Dragon ideal for readers who are just about ready to move beyond picturebooks.
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This is a non-fiction book that is exceptionally well illustrated. It tells about the origins of dragon mythology and how dragons are perceived around the world. One of my boys is going through a dragon craze, and even though the text is a little young for him, the illustrations are gorgeous, and the book is fun to read. He has been trying his hand at drawing some dragons - this book has such stylish illustrations that he is trying for a similar look.
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