Dragons & Mythical Beasts

G. K. Chesterton once said that the old stories were about heroes among dragons, while the new ones are all about dragons among dragons. He was talking about the modernist propensity for exploring man's psyche rather than the more enduring theme of Good vs. Evil—more enduring because it's more substantive, and more interesting because it involves genuine conflict.

The older stories are the ones we typically recommend. This isn't a petting zoo for merely metaphorical dragons; the monsters here are real fire-breathing wyrms, and the heroes that fight them are flesh-and-blood sword-wielding warriors. Okay, there are a few exceptions (the My Father's Dragon books, for instance), but they're the rarity.

In the Bible, dragons are always bad. Satan is a dragon, and his primary mission is to destroy the bodies and souls of God's faithful elect, as well as anyone else he can burn to a cinder with sin and selfishness. Such creatures shouldn't be allowed to roam the earth, and as Christ's soldiers we're called to do battle with all the forces of evil, not to make friends with them.

We hope you'll enjoy these stories both as stories and as metaphors. The whole "man-fights-dragon" story is one of the oldest in the world, but it still isn't worn-out or boring. Kids need to hear tales like these, to be shown that life isn't just some extended picnic we can romp through carefree. It's war, and if they know how to take down a dragon the way Sigurd or St. George did, chances are they'll be able to fight long and successfully themselves.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he's a husband and father who loves church, good food, and weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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Ancient, Strange, and Lovely
Dragon Chronicles #4
by Susan Fletcher
Reprint from Atheneum
for 3rd-7th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
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Beowulf
by Anonymous (translation by Seamus Heaney)
from W. W. Norton and Co.
Medieval Poetic Epic for 9th-Adult
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Beowulf the Warrior
by Ian Serraillier
from Bethlehem Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 4th-8th grade
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Bestiary
by T.H. White
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Book of Lost Tales 2
by J. R. R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien
from Ballantine Books
Mythology, Faërie for 8th-12th grade
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Book of Lost Tales 2
by J. R. R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien
from Houghton Mifflin
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Book of the Dragon
by Montse Sant, illustrated by Ciruelo
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Champion of the Titan Games
Dragonwatch #4
by Brandon Mull
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Children of Odin
by Padraic Colum
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Norse Mythology for 3rd-8th grade
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Coloring Dragons
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D'Aulaires' Book of Trolls
by Edgar & Ingri D'Aulaire
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Discover & Draw Dragons
by Eugene Caine
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DK Eyewitness Series
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Dragon Kite
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Dragon Quest
by Allan Baillie, Illustrated by Wayne Harris
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Dragon Rider: Griffin's Feather
Dragon Rider #2
by Cornelia Funke
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Dragon's Hoard
Hall of Doors #1
by Rebecca Gilleland
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Dragon's Milk (The Dragon Chronicles)
Dragon Chronicles #1
by Susan Fletcher
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for 3rd-7th grade
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Dragonology
by Dr. Ernest Drake, edited by Dugald A. Steer, B.A., S.A.S.D
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Dragons
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Dragons & Fantasy
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Dragons - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Christy Shaffer
from Dover Publications
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Dragons and Dragon Lore
2007th edition from Forgotten Books
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Dragons of Blueland
My Father's Dragon Trilogy #3
by Ruth Stiles Gannett
from Random House
Fantasy for 1st-3rd grade
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Dragonwatch
Dragonwatch #1
by Brandon Mull
from Aladdin Paperbacks
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Elmer and the Dragon
My Father's Dragon Trilogy #2
by Ruth Stiles Gannett
from Random House
Fantasy for 1st-3rd grade
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Elmer and the Dragon
My Father's Dragon Trilogy #2
by Ruth Stiles Gannett
from Random House
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Flight of Dragons
by Peter Dickinson, illustrated by Wayne Anderson
from Harper & Row
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$15.00 (1 in stock)
Flight of the Dragon Kyn
Dragon Chronicles #2
by Susan Fletcher
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Flying Dragon Room
by Audrey Wood
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Gargoyles and Medieval Monsters - Coloring Book
by A. G. Smith
from Dover Publications
for 1st-3rd grade
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Henry and the Chalk Dragon
by Jennifter Trafton
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Hero and the Crown
by Robin McKinley
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for 5th-9th grade
1985 Newbery Medal Winner
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Hero and the Crown
by Robin McKinley
from ACE Publishing
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1985 Newbery Medal Winner
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History's Mysteries! Animals
by George Toufexis
from Dover Publications
for 4th-7th grade
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$3.00
Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
2nd edition from Ballantine Books
Fantasy for 5th-9th grade
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$7.64
Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
from Houghton Mifflin
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Hobbit
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Fantasy for 5th-9th grade
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Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
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Fantasy for 5th-9th grade
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Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
from Houghton Mifflin
Fantasy for 5th-9th grade
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Hobbit and Lord of the Rings - Deluxe Hardcover Set
by J. R. R. Tolkien
from Houghton Mifflin
Fantasy for 5th-12th grade
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$120.00
How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head
by Bill Peet
from Houghton Mifflin
Animal Fantasy for Preschool-4th grade
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$8.49
How to Draw Dragons in Simple Steps
by Paul Bryn Davies
from Search Press
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How to Find Flower Fairies
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How to Raise and Keep a Dragon
by Joe Nigg
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for 3rd-6th grade
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Inheritance Cycle - Hardcover set
by Christopher Paolini
from Random House
for 8th-12th grade
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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
by Bruce Coville
1st edition from HMH Books for Young Readers
for 4th-6th grade
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$8.00 (1 in stock)
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