Children's Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Monsters

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Penguin, Aug 15, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 144 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

12 In the beginning
12
14 The Raven who stole the light
14
16 Mama Quilla
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18 A nation born
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20 Rainbow snake
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22 Maori gods
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24 Maui the tiny trickster
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26 Sedna and the trickster raven
26
78 Hidden folk
78
80 Beware of Bunyip
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82 Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the fair
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84 Sinister Sack man
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86 Quests and battles
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88 Warrior heroes
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90 Norse gods
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92 Thundering Thor
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28 Kaang and the world tree
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30 The first people
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32 Ancient Greek gods
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34 How evil came into the world
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36 Flood stories
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38 Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca
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40 Egyptian gods
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42 A tale of four seasons
42
44 The underworld
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46 Magic and mayhem
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48 A tall story
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50 Magical Circe
50
52 Odysseus and the sirens
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54 Shapeshifters
54
56 Werewolves
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58 Giant bird and monster whale
58
60 Monsters of the deep
60
62 Sacred animals of China
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64 Monkey Kings mischief
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66 Crafty tricksters
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68 Anansi the wise spider
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70 Eros and Psyche
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72 Plant legends
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74 Midas king of fools
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76 Helpful Nisse
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94 Going for gold
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96 Mythical creatures
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98 Indian gods
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100 Goddess Durga
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102 Okuninushi and the white rabbit
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104 Heracles the hero
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106 Warrior heroines
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108 Theseus and the Minotaur
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110 Perseus and Medusa
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112 Trojan war
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114 Jason and the golden fleece
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116 Oedipus the tragic hero
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118 Dragons
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120 Beowulf and Grendel the ogre
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122 The Knights of the Round Table
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124 Elixir of life
124
126 Gilgamesh the tyrant
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128 Lost kingdoms
128
130 City of gold El Dorado
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132 Robin Hood
132
134 Happily ever after
134
136 Tell us a story
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138 Glossary
138
140 Index of characters
140
142 Acknowledgments
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