IN THIS PICTURE BOOK WE SEE FANTASTICAL FIGURES.MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES OF ALL SHAPES, SIZES ANDORIGINS COME TO LIFEIN A POETRY COLLECTION.FLAMES BURN; WAVES OF WATER CHURN; LARGE WINGSBEAT. EVERY BEAST IS FILLED WITH STRENGTH ANDENERGY.MANY GRAND BEASTS ARE INDEED FEARFUL, BUT THEREARE COMIC POEMS TO ADD A SENSE OF RELIEF.ERIC CARLES MAGICAL DRAWINGS TAKE THE CHILDRENTO A NEW WORLD FILLED WITHDRAGONS, UNICORNS, AND ALL KINDS OF FANTASTICCREATURES, THE WORLD OF A CHILDS IMAGINATION.AND ONLY ERIC CARLE CAN DO IT.
WHAT A FABULOUS WAY TOINTRODUCE CHILDREN TO CLASSICAND MODERN POETRY.
Western dragons are fierce, powerful, wise and misery. The flames are destructive. Oriental dragons are fierce, powerful, wise and rich, but also quite benevolent.DRAGONTHE WRITER WISHES THIS DRAGON TO TELL SOMETHING JOYFULAND HOPEFUL. IT IS VERY BIG; SYMBOL OF POWER.IT HAS GOT FOUR LEGS; SYMBOL OF MISERY.
a mosqueThe Myth: Middle Eastren _ Arabic bird from the Sinbad tales andthe tales of Marco Polo. This gigantic bird of prey had suchprodigious strenth, it transported elephants in its talons to feed itsnesting young . The story says the eggs are as large as the domeof a mosque.ROE:Roe has behold the sun. We cannot see the sun. The air is nowdark and boring. It is too big. The poet hinks that a cloud coversthe sun. But it is not a cloud, it is an enourmous bird, Roe. It hasvery huge wings and covers a very big surface. It carrieselephants to its babies. You know elephants are one of thebiggest animals in the World. Now imagine how Roe can carryan elephant in its talons.
YETIYeti is like a man but it is not a man. It is a beast. We are lucky itdoesn’t exist. It walks like a man and has hair on his face. Butpeople talk that somewhere in the World, where man cannotgo, maybe in some forests, or in caves, or in the high andsnowy parts of Himalayas he may be living. Nobody knows if itis true or not. If you meet him and ask whether he is YETI ornot, he will only answer MAYBE. We cannot be sure if he existsor not. The Myth : • The Asian _ the Himalayan abominable snowman, an apelike creature from the highes reaches of the mountains. It supposedly walks upright like a human and the Sherpas of Nepal report many sightings. The Yeti is pictured in Tibetian scrolls and manuscripts.
The Myth : Greek- a half bull, half man who was imprisoned an a certain labyrinth built by Daedalus, thearhitect. Minos, king of young men and women from Athens to feedthis monster. It was finally slain inthe labyrinth by the Athenian hero Theseus. MINOTAUR Minotaur is half bull and half man. All the people are afraid of him. It eats greedily 14 kids a year. It lives in a maze, you cannot find the way easily, it is complex. You cannot escape from it. But Theseus the Greek hero killed him with his sword shouting “OLES”.
BASILISKIT HAS THE HEAD AND THE BODY OF A COCK. IT IS SO STRONG THAT IT CANCRACK A ROCH BY ITS BREATH. ITS WINGS ARE LEATHER. IT HAS THE TAIL OFA SNAKE. IT HISSES LIKE A SNAKE.THE MYTH: BASILISK: EUROPEAN-ALSO CALLED COCKATRICE. CONSIDEREDTHE KING OF SERPENTS, ITS FIERY BREATH COULD BURST STONE AD ITS EVILGLANCE COULD KILL. IT COULD BE DESTROYED BY FORCING IT TO LOOK ATITS OWN REFLECTION. THE BASILISK WAS SAID TO BE BORN FROM AROOSTER’S EGG, HATCHED BY A TOAD.
The Myth :Biblical – the monstrous sea creature from the Book of Job inthe Old Testament. Leviathan Leviathan makes the deep of the sea boil like a pot. Sea is moving like mixing ointment in a bowl. And his trail behind him is shinning. It is so effective that the river looks like white hair when compared with it. And it is unique, nothing like it on the Earth.
The Myth : European , North American aserphent with a head at each end ofits body. It could loop itself and roll like a hoop by putting one head into the jaws of other. Some say it appeared in Massachusetts in the colony’s early days. Amphisbaena It has two heads. Nobody has seen a creature like it. It can sleep with one head and wake with the other one, or it canplay with one and rest with the other. We cannot know which head it is using. It is confusing. We cannot decide which direction it is looking, or it is going.It can do two activities at the same time. How difficult it is for us to do it. We are amazed.
The Myth : American Indian - the mythic white buffalo who came in the gu a young woman to the Lakota Sioux tribe to teach and guide the people times of trouble.The white buffalo woman comes to teach the people the songs an prayers of the five ceremonies. It is wearing white dress. She loo serious and wise.The woman disappears and there is a buffalo. running .
The Myth : North –American Indian heroinea crow of a Lenape tribe myth. To save theanimals from winter, it flew to the GreatSpirit in the sky and brought back the gift offire. Ever since then, the multicolouredfeathers of rainbow crow have been coveredwith soot , and his beautiful voice has beenhoarse from the ashes he swallowed whilecarriying the flaming stick in his beak.The rainbow crow has colourfulfeathers like rainbow. It flies andcarries flaming stick to protect animalsfrom winter. Because of the flames itsbeak is covered with soot. His voice isharsh because it swallows ashes
The Myth : Egyptian , MiddleEastern, Asian – a mythical bird. It livedto a greeat age reported to be from 500 to 7000 years. At the end of its life, it burnt itself in a nest of flames and wasborn again. Rising from its own ashes. İt is a symbol of immortality.The Phoenix is the fire bird. It lives for long. It burns itself at the end and then is born again from its own ashes. So it is a symbol of immortality. It everlasts.
The Myth : European andMiddle Eastern – a compositecreature with the body oflion, a head of an eagle, andlarge, pointed ears that allowthe griffin tohearexceptionally well. Adangerous foe, it guardstreasure and gold and is ahater of horses. It lays jewelsinstead of eggs in a cliff-topnest.It protects Pharaohs anddefends the kings. It wachestheir wealth, jewellery. It haswings like an eagle andclawns like a lion. It can hearevery whisper and thusknows everything. It theenemy of law breakers. Youmay believe it or not.
The Myth : European and Middle Eastern- the offspring of a horse and a griffin. It lives in a mountanious and whennot in the air, grazes on grasses. It appears in the poetry of Virgil and is a symbol of poetic inspiration.Hippogriff is the offspring of amare and a griffin. It has acurious fate. It has hooves andnails like a horse, and clows andnail like an eagle. It likes togazzle on the grass and can flyup in the air. When people see itthey are enslaved by it.
The Myth: European Assian – a magical horse with a twisted horn growing from its forehead and the beard of a goat. First described in Pliny as a ferocious beast with the feet of elephant, it has evolved through the ages into more benovelent and appealing creature. The medieval version pictures it as a pure white horse of great strength and beauty which can be captured only by an innocent young maiden. UNICORN There is no animal like it. Nobody has seen it. But people like it. It is a symbol of strenth and beauty. It looks calmly with clear eyes.
The Myth : Greek- the god of woodland and meadow shepherds and flocks. Pan was musical and invented the shepherd’s pipe . Pan is sometimes used as a symbol of the universe and natural world. The Pan Pan is the symbol of natural world. When Pan is passing by the river the nature is happy and becomes lively. The sun forgets to set down, the lilies revive.
The myth: Japanese – a water-dwelling trickster the size of a boy. The Kappa is said to have spiky hair surrounding a saucer –shaped depression in its head which holds water and is the source of its considerable strength . A lower wrestling andcucumbers. İt gives off a fishy smell. People in lakes and rivers need to watch out for Kappa as it will maliciously drag them under.Kappa It has a saucer (the water in it keeps him alive) on his head, and a carapace (something like turtle shell) on his back. It is like a naughty child, makes tricks. You should watch out, when you are asleep he can steal anything from you under water. But on the land he is not strong, because when the saucer begins to dry he rushes to water to keep his cucumber- carapace fresh. He needs water.