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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Wooden Books (22 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904263488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904263487
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 0.7 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why are dragons recognised in almost all cultures on Earth? What is the mysterious geomantic gold they secretly guard? Could dragons be a folk memory of something which once hunted us long ago? In this beautiful book, author and illustrator Joyce Hargreaves tells the story of these extraordinary animals through examples drawn from all over the world. Richly illustrated, and with detailed appendices of noteable dragon sites around the United Kingdom, this is an essential book for all dragonologists.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ILONACAT on 16 July 2007
Format: Paperback
Cultures all round the world and throughout time have been fascinated by dragons. In this small, eminently portable paperback, Joyce Hargreaves explores the wonderful world of dragons both malevolent and benign, focussing for the most part on British dragons but also devoting space to Chinese and Japanese ones (who, I must admit, do seem to be friendlier.) The informative and unstuffy text is complemented by beautiful old engravings.

This book would be great as a gift. It's published by Wooden Books, who offer a large list of titles covering subjects such as archaeology, architecture, mathematics and even alchemy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 July 2008
Format: Paperback
I spotted this title whilst on holiday. As someone who reads a lot of children's literature and who is interested in mythology, it immediately grabbed my attention.

Dragons have long been in the imagination of many cultures and this small edition attempts to explain why this is so. Although it is only approximately 60 pages long, Hargreaves covers dragon mythology from a wide range of cultures. Here you can learn about dragon lore of the ancient Egyptians, the Greeks, China and Japan as well as from Norse mythology. Each section of the book has a beautiful picture to accompany the text. At the end of the book there is also an index of "dragon sites" throughout England, Scotland and Wales followed by an appendix which covers Chinese dragons. So, as a starting point this small book really is a great place to begin.
For anyone interested in myhtology and folklore of different cultures, this book is a must. It would equally make a brilliant present for someone - perhaps a child who's imagination has been ignited by various books / films such as Harry Potter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By crimsonhexagon on 30 April 2012
Format: Paperback
Get a magnifying glass first if you want to enjoy the paperback version. Aside from the content, while the visuals attractive, the size of the pictures and the font on the right-side pages is a disappointment. You might try the hardback version instead, which is somewhat larger.
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By Lesley on 9 July 2014
Format: Paperback
Lovely wee book
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