I couldn’t resist telling everyone about this unusual book from National Geographic, which crosses boundaries in a fascinating way – and is perfect for the new curriculum with its focus for primary children on ancient civilisations.
This is an intriguing sideways look at the links between fossil remains – scientific facts – and the descriptions of dinosaur-like creatures in many mythologies. Who would have thought that the fabulous griffin could be linked to the protoceratops? The profusion of fossils in Asia has convinced Adrienne Mayor and fellow academics that the earliest fossil hunters were the Indians, Greeks and other early civilisations. Young readers are treated to a serious cutting edge subject in a totally non-patronising way – and I’ve learned lots too.
Aronson, Marc with Adrienne Mayor; illus. Chris Muller
The Griffin and the Dinosaur
National Geographic 9781426311086 £12.99