A basic exploration of the appearance, behaviors, and origins of elves, the bad-tempered or helpful magical creatures known for their tricks or know-how. Also included is a story from folklore about an elf family that helped a farmer.
Part of the Amazing Mysteries series
From gruesome ghouls to elusive Bigfoot, mythical creatures continue to capture the imaginations of human beings around the world. Appealing to fans of the paranormal and unexplained, this series explores the legendary hold such Amazing Mysteries have over us and examines what is known or supposed about the origins, physical features, motivations, and dwellings of fabled creatures. Each volume also includes a folk tale about a legendary encounter with the creature.
How does Bigfoot communicate? Where do elves live? How do fairies party? Interested readers will learn the answers to questions they never thought to ask in this fact-filled series. Each creature has their roots traced back to their mythological origin story. Global belief and appearances are shared alongside historical and modern illustrations. When possible, photographic evidence is shared such as plaster casts of Bigfoot’s feet. The books move beyond the typical Western understanding of these myths and introduce readers to the Aziza, West African fairies that live in anthills, and the si’lwah, an ancient Arabian shapeshifting ghoul. While there is no glossary, vocabulary words can be found at the bottom of each page and contain some words that are sure to expand readers’ vocabulary. VERDICT An entertaining gateway into world culture and mythology. A great pick for reluctant readers.
–School Library Journal, 04/01/2022
Stories of elves span the globe, and the traits of these fabled creatures are as varied as the cultures in which the tales originated. While some elves are believed to be mischief-makers, others are thought of as protectors. For example, the ellefolk of Denmark can cause sickness in cattle, and elves in Germany have the power to instill bad dreams; however, elves in Uganda and Scotland are kind and their magic protects babies. The legendary hold elves have on humans is explored through elf folklore in countries such as Norway, Iceland, Canada, and more. The cover photograph featuring striped tights and green curly-toed slippers epitomizes a modern-day depiction of elves and will be easily recognizable to the target audience. Furthermore, the 1823 poem which became popularly known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and the accompanying illustration of Santa Claus, will appeal to young readers; whereas the photograph from “The Lord of the Rings” provides a popular culture example familiar to older children. Additional resources and websites offering fun facts and games delivers a satisfying conclusion to the “Amazing Mysteries” title.
–Children's Literature, 08/05/2022