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Dragon Legends

Dragon Legends

About the Book

Author: David Passes

Age Range: 5-7 Years 7-11 Years

Publisher: Pavilion Children’s

Price: £5.99, paperback

Review

Thanks at least partly to the much-hyped release of the first instalment of Peter Jackson’s cinematic interpretation of The Hobbit, dragons are hot stuff (pun intended) at the moment, so this stylish collection of retold legends about those fiery, winged creatures is definitely timely. Starting with a creation story from nearly 4000 years ago, and drawing from an impressive range of cultural traditions along the way, David Passes handles his subject with both credibility and flair, whilst Wayne Anderson’s gorgeously atmospheric illustrations complete the package. The question of whether dragons ever actually existed in any form is a fascinating one and could set your pupils off on a quest to hunt for evidence; getting them to design, describe and draw, paint or sculpt a dragon of their own would also offer rich opportunities for cross-curricular learning.

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