HERE THERE BE DRAGONS by Jane Yolen

HERE THERE BE DRAGONS

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Age Range: 10 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

New, reworked, or reprinted--13 stories and poems. Here, St. George is not a dragon-slayer but a friend; the dragon pits of Austar IV test trainers as well as dragons; the healer Tansy is no healer to dragons, while dragonslayer Lancot is no hero at all, except to Tansy; and, in "The Dragon's Boy"--a short story that was a predecessor of the novel of the same name--old "Linn" (a.k.a. Merlin) makes a bad dragon but a good teacher for Artos. These stories and poems are a little uneven, with language and ideas extending over a considerable span of difficulty and sophistication. Still, most have at least a glimmer of an idea, and there continues to be a ready market for dragons. And Wilgus's full-page illustrations, in soft pencil emulating the effect of lithographs rendered on stone, are especially appealing--beautifully modulated forms, subtle characterizations, classic images of dragons, handsome, formally structured compositions. Inviting. (Fiction. 10+)
Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-15-209888-7
Page count: 150pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1993




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