From The Beginning Of Time, people have watched and wondered at the animals with which they share the earth. Over the centuries thousandsof stories have sprung up around animals, many based in truth, others the products of pure imagination, but all of them celebrating the magic and mystery of the natural world.As she did in the best-selling "The Book Of Goddesses, Kris Waldherr has combed the world's major mythologies to create a stunning multicultural collection of images and information. Dazzling full-color portraits of legendary creatures and mythical beasts are accompanied by lively, well-researched commentaries that explore each of sixteen animals' special significance in the traditions of diverse cultures and religions. A work of both art and scholarship, "Sacred Animals is a magnificent gift for animals lovers of all ages.
Anyway this book is beautiful to look at with the gorgeous illustrations and the artwork that will catch your eye. The artwork is very detailed, very colorful and will catch your attention so much this could be a coffee table book. The other thing I like about it is the cover artwork of each chapter (one for each element) was a landscape of an element while the four animals that were in the following chapter were hidden into the scenery although I can say that I didn't find the Frog or the Bat even though I tried.
I would have loved to have a bigger book on more animal topics than was included but the ones that were chosen were well-researched and done. They didn't cover one subject but extended to various stories in different cultures while including some cultures that you don't hear anything about or very little.
If you are into mythical animals or "normal" animals with a background I would definitely approve it as a starter book.