Imaginary Menagerie by Julie Larios
A Book of Curious Creatures

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Who is half gallop, half walk? Who can turn you to stone with one look? Whose voice do you hear in the splash on the shore?         Centaurs, mermaids, and other curious creatures populate these wondrous poems and paintings, inspired by a mythological world full of imagination and mystery.          Includes end notes about cultures and legends.

About Julie Larios

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JULIE LARIOS is the author of several picture books and is a prizewinning poet for children and adults. She is on the faculty of the Vermont College Writing for Children and Young Adults program and lives in Seattle, Washington.JULIE PASCHKIS has illustrated numerous books for children and has had her paintings featured in many gallery shows. She lives in Seattle, Washington. 
Published April 1, 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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The mermaid is “part woman, part fish” who listens “to the waves break on the shore—half song, half roar,” while the gargoyle is a beast “with a stone tongue, with a stone throat” whose “mouth is a rainspout.” While the illustrations appropriately borrow elements from medieval illuminated manuscr...

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The poems themselves are both thoughtful and appropriate, describing each creature’s characteristics and also nimbly drawing readers directly into the imaginary scene: “Troll arms will grab you/ and put you in a pot.” Readers unfamiliar with some of the more exotic creatures—the cockatrice, naga ...

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