The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate A-Z of Fantastic Beings from Myth and Magic

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Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated, May 30, 2006 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 682 pages
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The newest entry in the popular Element Encyclopedia series spans the globe and the ages to present a feast of magical beasts, both familiar and rare. Populating this ultimate reference is a host of marvelous creatures, many of which have stirred our imagination since childhood; they come from fairytales and myths, and from beloved writers such as the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K Rowling. Each entry delves into folklore and history to reveal such secrets as why dragons guard the weather, how to make mermen laugh, and how a slow lizard cost humans the gift of eternal life. From Chinese dragons to Norwegian sea monsters, banshees to griffins, cherufes to lampaluguas, every fantastic figure gets its due.

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Great book for reference :) - Goodreads
This book is amazing for reference! - Goodreads
It's great for writing or looking for inspiration. - Goodreads
No pictures, the ultimate "use your imagination" book. - Goodreads
This is a really cool reference-type book for writers. - Goodreads
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Review: The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate AZ of Fantastic Beings from Myth and Magic (Element Encyclopedia)

User Review  - Brittany Perry - Goodreads

okay this is a great reference book but there was a mistake under Pegasus. About five lines down it was telling who killed medusa it said Pegasus when it actually should have been Perseus. A typo most ... Read full review

Review: The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate AZ of Fantastic Beings from Myth and Magic (Element Encyclopedia)

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About the author (2006)

John and Caitlin Matthews have written more than seventy books, including children's storybooks about knights, princesses, ghosts, giants, and wizards from Celtic, Arthurian, shamanic, and other traditions. They live in Oxford, England.

Caitlin Matthews is a world-celebrated teacher of Western spirituality and author of over thirty books. With her husband and frequent coauthor John Matthews, she founded the Foundation of Inspirational and Oracular Studies, in their native Great Britain. Their books have been translated into many languages including French, Italian, German, Czech, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese and Russian. The material in these books is based upon practical knowledge which they teach worldwide. They have made numerous appearances on television in the UK and US, and have been advisors on several series, including HRH Prince Edward's Crown and Country. They live in Oxford where Caitlín has a shamanic practice dedicated to midwifing the soul.

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