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The Mythological Zoo

Oliver Herford

Book Overview: 

a series of poems about the ancient mythological creatures from Greek mythology

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Who will dispute her claim to be
The Chorus-Lady of the Sea?

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The Dolphin

The Dolphin was, if you should wish
To call him so,—the King of Fish.
Though having neither gills nor scales,
His title should be Prince of Whales.
While too small waisted to provide
A Jonah with a Berth Inside,
The Dolphin has been known to pack
A Drowning Sailor on his back
And bear him safely into port,—
He was a Taxi-whale, in short.

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The Cockatrice

If you will listen to advice
You will avoid the Cockatrice—
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Community Reviews

Great. Poems about mythological beasts in an alphabet structure.

Actual rating - 2.75.

Not at all what I was expecting when I downloaded it to my Kindle. From the title I had assumed this book to be a study of mythological creatures. Instead I was presented with a series of poems that describe famous mythological creatures, mostly drawn from Graeco-Roman myths. Nevertheless the poems

This wasn't what I was expecting at all. I thought it might be a study of mythological creatures.

In fact, it's a short collection of poems about mythological creatures. Funny ones.

Well I laughed anyway. Rather enjoyable.

I actually quite enjoyed this little book of rhyming poems and mythical creatures! It was really fun! With that being said, the art was beautiful and it was a shame to see that talent get copied into black and white when you can tell it originally had color, like the front cover. I would love to see