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Buy on Amazon Castles Colin Thompson A visual exploration of fantasy castles, this book contains wonderfully detailed illustrations of different castles, each hiding a royal family as well as many inventive puzzles, mazes and visual puns woven into the details.

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Buy on Amazon The Snowflake Mistake Lou Treleaven and Maddie Frost Within a floating ice palace high above the clouds, the Snow Queen operates a snowflake machine, ensuring that it produces perfectly identical flakes. But one day when the Queen leaves her daughter Princess Ellie in charge, the machine breaks and Princess Ellie has to find a new way to make the snowflakes.

Princess Ellie creates exquisite and unique snowflakes by hand, making the most beautiful snowfall ever.

This is a beautifully illustrated story coupled with the kind of gentle humour that draws readers in and makes them want to read it over and over again. Also featured on: books for the Anglo Saxon topic Buy on Amazon Rapunzel Sarah Gibb This is the story of Rapunzel that we all know and love, with beautiful illustrations by Sarah Gibb that capture the magic of the fairy tale world. If you are looking to compare versions of this well-loved story, you could also try this new version by Bethan Woollvin or Rachel Isadora's version of Rapunzel in an African setting click to view on Amazon.

Buy on Amazon Look out, It's a Dragon! Jonny Lambert Everybody knows that dragons are ferocious by nature. Buy on Amazon The Egg M. Robertson A charming and sincere story about learning to care for someone or something else. The Egg follows the story of one lonely boy who discovers a large egg that hatches into a dragon. Buy on Amazon. More ideas Click each book cover to view on Amazon.

Back to Topics. The Kiss That Missed. The Princess and the Wizard. There is Now Dragon in This Story. The Snow Dragon. The Princess and the Pea. How to Catch a Dragon. Tell Me a Dragon. Knighthood for Beginners. Saint George and the Dragon. Dragon Poems. This fierce reptile had become the scourge of the countryside and was finally destroyed by some brave townspeople. Statues near the local Reformed and Catholic churches still commemorate this momentous accomplishment.

Above center is an image of the Wawel Dragon erected during recent times. The oldest known account of the Wawel dragon story comes from the 12th century work by Wincenty Kadlubek. It tells how the lair of this oppressive reptile was located near what was then the capital of Poland. Miscellaneous cap. He also mentions Brodeus, of a winged dragon which was brought to Francis, the invincible King of the Gauls, by a countryman who had killed it with a mattock near Sanctones, and which was stated to have been seen by many men of approved reputation, who though it had migrated from transmarine regions by the assistance of the wind.

Cardan doubted their having been fabricated, since they had been sent in vessels at different times, and yet all presented the same remarkable form. At first glance, one is tempted agree with Gould that the wings are ridiculously small. The first century Greek historian Strabo, who traveled and researched extensively throughout the Mediterranean and Near East, wrote a treatise on geography. The Chinese have many stories of dragons. Books even tell of Chinese families raising dragons to use their blood for medicines and highly prizing their eggs. To the right is a pictures of a fossilized Chinese dinosaur egg compared to a chicken egg.

Marco Polo wrote of his travels to the province of Karajan and reported on huge serpents, which at the fore part have two short legs, each with three claws. Marco Polo goes on to describe how the local citizens of the area hunted and killed these creatures.

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After they had killed their prey, Polo wrote that they would find a water source such as a lake, spring, or river. Apparently these spikes so severely wounded the creatures that they died soon thereafter. They are also known from other cultures see below.


S ome of the Chinese dragon art is remarkably like dinosaurs, though often the dragons display an unrealistically narrow trunk…more serpent-like. It is interesting that the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac are all animals—eleven of which are still alive today. But is the twelfth, the dragon merely a legend or is it based on a real animal— the dinosaur?

Shown to the top left is a dragon click to enlarge that was cast in red gold and embossed during the Tang Dynasty AD. Notice the long neck and tail, the frills, and the lithe stance. There, three artistic dragons along with tigers and other animals composed entirely of white shells were placed alongside human remains. No doubt this indicates a burial place of some very important ruler from the beginnings of the Chinese culture.

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The Xishuipo site dates back several thousand years, yet the dragons shown are surprisingly like modern renditions. This shows the dragon concept did not slowly develop through Chinese history from a simplistic, primitive mythological figure. This would make sense if they were, in fact, modeled after living creatures.

Historical records tell of a Song Dynasty AD Emperor who raised dragons within his palace compound. Niermann, L. Huang Di, the mythic Yellow Emperor, was said to make sacrifices at the summit of Tai Shan, after driving there in a chariot harnessed to six dragons. During the Medieval period, the Scandinavians described swimming dragons and the Vikings placed dragons on the front of their ships to scare off the sea monsters. The one pictured to the right is based upon the sighting by Hans Egede.

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As a missionary to Greenland, Egede was known as a meticulous recorder of the natural world. Numerous such stories have been recorded from the age of sailing ships A. The oldest reliable sea serpent record we have was set down by Olaus Magnus in his book Historia de Gentibus. A series of drawings on the map present various monsters of the sea. The drawing shows it coiled around a Norman ship and devouring a crew member who was unlucky enough to get close to its gaping maw! The familiar legend of Saint George slaying a dragon is prolific throughout European art and history.

Likely it have some basis in fact. George is the patron saint of England though the actual story was brought from the east by the Crusaders. Famous in the annals of British literature is the poem of Beowulf, the heroic Norse warrior who killed a number of dragons.

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In the end he died in the process of vanquishing a winged dragon. Dragons were even described in reputable zoological treatises published during the Middle Ages. It also had thick legs and strong claws. Could this have been a surviving Stegosaurus? Ham, K. Ulysses Aldrovandus is considered by many to be the father of modern natural history. He traveled extensively, collected thousands of animals and plants, and created the first ever natural history museum.

His credentials give credence to an incident that Aldrovandus personally reported concerning a dragon.