Dragon World – Tamara Macfarlane

I don’t know about you, but there’s usually only two types of dragon that come to mind when I think of what they look like – the typical fairy tale dragon we so often see in books and films:

Or, obviously for me, the Welsh dragon we see on the flag (which, as you’ll find out in this book, is counted as a separate dragon variation!):

In Dragon World, we discover different species of dragon from mythology all around the world. Each section begins with a map of a continent, or area of the world. On this, we discover the different dragons that can be found in the area.

Following this, there are facts, illustrations and stories which give us information about each one. I really enjoyed that this was a non-fiction book about something fictional – I can see this being a really fantastic resource in the classroom. How brilliant would it be for children to design their own dragon, write a myth about them and then write a piece of information text?

I was fascinated with the incredible amount of ‘species’ of dragons which can be found, as well as the origin stories that developed around them. In particular, I enjoyed learning about the Norse ‘Tree of Life’ and the Aido-Hwedo of Western Africa. I hadn’t come across either of these stories before! The final pages of the book give additional information on dragon eggs, dragon jewels and living dragons, too!

Each dragon is also beautifully illustrated with a fantastic amount of detail, which really enhanced the information included in the book. At the end, there is an activity teaching you to draw your own dragon just like in the book.

Like the sound of this book? Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3bk5rG3

Emily x

📚 Book gifted by publisher

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