Dragons: Legends & Lore of Dinosaurs by Bodie Hodge and Laura Welch {Review}

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Dragons: Legends & Lore of Dinosaurs by Bodie Hodge and Laura Welch {Review}Dragons: Legends & Lore of Dinosaurs by Bodie Hodge, Laura Welch

Illustrator: Bill Looney
Also by this author: Big Book of History
ISBN: 0890515581
Genres: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Published by Master Books on March 2nd 2011
Pages: 22
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publicist
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An enigmatic source of fascination, dragons are the stuff of fantasy - or are they? Dragon legends can be found around the world - similar, compelling, and difficult to simply dismiss as baseless tales or mere lore.

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Finalist in the ‘Children’s Religious’ Category of the USA Book News “Best Books 2011” Awards

Recommended to Margaret by: Veritas Press
Read from January 25 to November 15, 2012 — I own a copy


My first glimpse of Dragons: Legends & Lore of Dinosaurs was from the Master Books catalog/website. Second was on a recommendation of finding it in the Veritas Press catalog. Third was in conversation with my sister when she said that this would be an excellent book for her oldest son. I just knew even before I got my hands on it that this was going to be something full of fascination. I am not disappointed and not surprised to find something so great from Master Books and New Leaf Publishing Group.

This is a special book and not one to leave out with the little ones. There are fragile bits with envelopes that open and present the letters they are hiding as well as lift-the-flap type doors and booklets. Your eyes will be treated to a feast with all the different shapes and textures on each page in addition to the fabulous illustrations of dragons, dinosaurs and similar lore. While this book is a juvenile non-fiction, I would aim at around six or older with a child that can know how important it is to be very careful with all the bits within to make it last for years to come. (My three-year-old can enjoy it, but I wouldn’t leave her alone with it. She might get carried away and misplace a letter or internal document that is half the fun.)

Content ranges throughout the book with many different topics. The size of the book makes looking maps or large pictures very attractive. From geography to archaeology the details are awesome. This book could be used to spark an interest or as a whole resource if you’re not delving terribly deep into the history of dragons and dinosaurs. From full page double opening spreads to illustrations and artifact photography there is plenty to please your vision.

A dragon timeline provides very neat information that would make designing a spring-board for jumping into fictional accounts easy. Learning about translations of accounts and even a page with dragon names in various languages is fun for the mind. I love now at my age, but I know my young-self would have loved this! Ending the book with a questions and answers page on dragons in the Bible is great and a wonderful way to leave it off.

I have yet to see anything that quite compares to this book. It is really incredible and you have to see it in person to really get the full effect.


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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.