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Summary: The Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, Mermaids, the Big Bird of Texas, and others. We've heard about them all. Every so often a sighting of an indescribable being sets off a rash of stories about the existence of monsters and water beasts. This book provides a brief description of nine monsters/water beasts and shares facts and fables about their existence. This is a non-fiction collection that offers the stories of mythical creatures and monsters.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, advanced reader
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 12
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a valuable work. Adolescents are intrigued and excited by things that scare them out of their wits. This book meets the reader’s needs for information and at the same time appropriately tickles her/his imagination.
Pros: Monsters, good or evil, real or imagined, pique the curiosity of pre-teen youngsters. This book will delight young readers, raise a lot of questions, and spark some intriguing and imaginative stories and art work
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, and expect to renew it ... often. “Monsters” and their exploits are frequently the subject of conversations among young children. Kids of all ages find them scary but exciting too.
Educational Themes: The book's primary goal is to provide information about monsters. The scientific information provided will help allay student fears and anxieties about monsters. The goal to stimulate children’s imagination can be achieved by using the stories and illustrations as starting points for writing and telling stories, drawing monsters, creating puppet shows, and organizing trips to museums etc.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - myths and legends
Date(s) Reviewed: August 2007
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