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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Author/Publisher/Website: Rowling, J. K.
Copyright: 2017
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Nov/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781408885260
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 4-12
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Resource Description

This lavishly illustrated encyclopedia is a guide to the world of imaginary creatures that inhabit Harry Potter’s magical world. The A-Z listing of the many creatures includes information about their habitats and adaptations. This resource can spark creativity, support artistic representation of ideas, be used as a starting point for research on mythological creatures, and for a myriad of creative writing projects. This engaging work would be at home in a school library or classroom library for fans of fantasy and Harry Potter.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Moderately
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Comments:
Connecting this book to the curriculum is a stretch; however, this resource could potentially support the Science curriculum's Big Ideas about living things, adaptability, and the way they interact with the world, because even though they are magical creatures they might be used as a hook into the curriculum. Art classes might study how the text was interpreted into images.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Belief System:
Magic and magical creatures are discussed in detail. Some students might find this distressing.
Violence:
Some pictures reflect the violent nature of the magical creature, such as piercing a human body on a horn or blowing fire at humans.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Moderately
Social Considerations Comments:
Most students will find this book of magical creatures an entertaining addition to their knowledge of Harry Potter's world. The introductory essays are entertaining; however, the vocabulary is extensive. Students with strict religious beliefs may find the magic and imaginary creatures disturbing.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Moderately
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Moderately
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Moderately
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Not at all or slightly
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Moderately
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Extensively
Can reading level be adjusted?
Not at all or slightly
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Moderately
Comments:
This resource supports creativity and artistic representation of ideas. Although it isn't clearly linked to the curriculum, it does allow for creative connections to important concepts.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Extensively
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Extensively
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
This is a beautifully illustrated encyclopedia of magical creatures. The book has been aged through art work and seems to be an antique.

PRINT CLASSROOM

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Moderately
Does the resource broaden students’ experiences and understandings?
Moderately
Does the resource make effective use of visual elements?
Extensively
Are the images compelling?
Extensively
Comments:
This book might be part of a library or classroom collection for individual use. It would not be useful as a class set. It has limited connections to the curriculum.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
Above intended grade level(s)
Comments:
An award-winning audiobook is available. A fantasy movie of the same title is available, although not reviewed here.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
Students might research mythological creatures from other cultures and create a similar entry patterned on those in this book. Students might write a newspaper article pretending that one of the creatures was seen in their home town. Research into mysterious creatures, such as Loch Ness or the Yeti, would deepen students' knowledge related to some of the creatures in this book. Students could categorize the creatures into purely imaginary or based on legend, etc. Students could create their own magical creature. Alternatively, students could also identify what features their beast has that allow them to adapt and survive in the world as a hook to this concept and Big Idea in Science.
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