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The Dragonology Handbook: A Practical Course in Dragons

The Dragonology Handbook: A Practical Course in Dragons

Dugald A. Steer
Illustrator:  Helen Ward , and others 
Novelty Book  Series
For ages 8 to 12
Candlewick, 2003   ISBN: 978-0763623296

One can only hope that by now you have had a chance to read Dr Ernest Drake's famous book "Dr. Ernest Drakes Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons." If not, you had better get reading. Once you have done this you may begin your own education in dragonology by using this superb book as your textbook. Be warned, there is much to read, experiments to conduct, and practical information to absorb. Only the most dedicated student should take on this one-of-a-kind course and the process begins with the student taking the "Oath of a Dragonologist."

If you are indeed such a student then you will find yourself going on a journey around the world as you learn about the different kinds of dragons that can be found today. You will learn that dragons are very rare creatures, that they are animals that need to be protected for they are in danger of becoming extinct. It is to be hoped that you will do well enough on this course that perhaps you too will join other members of the Secret and Ancient Society of Dragonologists (S.A.C.D.) in their efforts to save these fascinating creatures.

The handbook is divided into three sections (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) which must be studied in the correct order. Dr. Drakes's Handbook not only provides the dragonology student with lots of information about dragons but it also includes (among other things) homework assignments, riddle tests, lessons in reading and understanding dragon script, advice and guidance about fieldwork, spells and magic, lab work, and how to set up your own Dragonological Society.

This wonderful companion book to "Dr. Ernest Drakes Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons" is sure to enthrall dragon lovers of all ages. Superb artwork, envelopes to open, riddles to solve and plenty of wonderful dragon lore will keep the reader busy for hours and further pique the reader's interest in dragons.