Children's Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Monsters is the latest in the series that includes the highly successful Children's Book of Art and Children's Book of Music. Stories have been told on every continent since the dawn of time, and some have lasted for thousands of years, becoming what we know today as myths. These fantastical tales educate and fascinate by creating amazing worlds and inhabiting them with wondrous feats of heroics and dastardly deeds of evil. Children's Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Monsters gives children the opportunity to discover these stories, and encourages them to understand storytelling from different cultures.
In this colorful and vibrant introduction to myths, the classic myths are retold and children are introduced to some they may not have heard before. The book provides a bigger picture by linking together the myths into cultural collection, such as the Greek Myths. The book also look at the similarities of story telling, characters (such as the trickster), and themes from myths of different cultures.
The stories are central to the book and the characters are what the children will remember and want to know more about. Dedicated spreads of prominent mythical heroes, beasts, and monsters will look at their life stories, trials and tribulations, and other stories the children might want to look up that involve the character.
A deeper understanding of myths and storytelling in general is encouraged as the book looks at the key elements of each myth and at comparisons and similarities. It also delves deeper behind the meaning of the myths and demystifies the lessons that can be learned.
The four types of spread in Children's Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Monsters continue in the Children's Book of... series style and reflect different aspects of the book's wide-ranging subject matter.
COLLECTIONS SPREADS will cover the main mythical cultures from around the world, such as Greek Myths, Aboriginal Dreamtime, Roman Myths, Germanic Folklore, Norse Myths, Aztec, Inca and Mayan Mythology, and Native American Legends.
CHARACTER SPREADS will look at the colorful and scary, from the legendary heroes such as Perseus and Heracles, to the sinister beasts including the Minotaur, Grendal the Giant, and Mictlantecuhtli the Aztec Lord of Death.
STORY SPREADS will retell classic myths like Theseus and the Minotaur, and the trials of Beowulf, but the book will also look at lesser known myths and legends from South America, Russia, Taoism, and African culture.
COMPARISON SPREADS will look at individual elements of myth (its characters, events and setting, as well as its themes and motifs) and compare the similarities across the different cultures. They will also look at the possible origin and meaning of the myths, and the lessons they try to teach.