Dragon World

DK. Mar. 2021. 80p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780744027655.
Gr 3-8–Beautifully illustrated in bold, vibrant colors, this dragon guide book will have anyone who even slightly admires dragons drooling; it is a true feast for the eyes. Divided into four sections of Asian Dragons, European Dragons, Dragons of the World, and Dragon Discoveries, the book teaches readers interesting details about many different dragons and how they came to be. Each section contains a history of the dragon; its dwelling; body description such as eye shape, neck length, and overall shape; as well as the dragon’s powers and traits. Powers and traits range from controlling the weather and shape-shifting to consuming everything in sight. The book also contains several dragon myths that originate from different regions around the world: “‘What will we call this creature?’ Liu asked. ‘It is a sacred creature for our village,’ said Mei. ‘It made a sound like thunder when it came out—let’s call it Dragon,’ Chen said. (Dragon sounds like the Chinese word for thunder.)” The final sections of the book contain information about dragon eggs, what they look like and where the nests are built, and dragon jewels. Readers are shown different gems that dragons are often attracted to and accused of stealing. The book ends with information on drawing your own dragon and real animals that resemble dragons. There is a glossary and index to close out the book.
VERDICT A must-purchase for libraries where dragon lovers lurk.

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