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Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist (Darby Creek Publishing) School & Library Binding – September 1, 2006
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This meaty middle-grade non-fiction title takes readers on an adventure in cryptozoology. "Crypto-What?" asks the opening chapter title. Cryptozoology, "the study of and searching for legendary animals--called cryptids--to find out if there's any possibility that these mysterious animals people say they've seen really exist." From Bigfoot to the Loch Ness Monster to prehistoric cryptids you may never have heard of, this book tells readers what is true, what is not, and what scientists just can't be sure about.
In addition to being plain interesting, the book is designed well and is illustrated with a nice blend of photographs and drawings. The authors include a "Reality Index" to help readers tease hoaxes from reality as well as a thorough bibliography of books, articles and web sites for readers who want to continue their cryptid studies. I love that the authors had the courage to turn an objective eye to a fabulously interesting topic that happens to be fraught with doubt and disbelief. The result is a book that helps young readers to realize that all scientific investigation, cryptozoology included, requires a careful balance of skepticism and open-mindedness.
Authors Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears and Roxyanne Young delve into the myths, the legends, the hoaxes, and the folk tales, as well as the scientific research, that make these mysteries fascinating. With a fine array of photographs, maps and drawings and lively text, the book is a page-turner from start to end.
"Tales of the Cryptids" is thought-provoking, and should prove to be a great stimulus to discussion and conversation, whether you're a believer in cryptids or not.
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No one brings the mysterious and unusual to life better than Kelly Milner Halls.Published 16 days ago by blu-ray Bill
I loved this book! Large print,easy to read,informative. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in cryptozoology.Published 15 months ago by DENNIS cHRISTOPHER
The unknown and mysterious are very appealing topics to children and teenagers. Not only to do they raise the question of what's possible but they also demonstrate that humans... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Heidi Grange