Very few people know anything about gryphons, the mythological creatures that are half eagle and half lion. Aerek had certainly never seen one when he happened upon a beautiful and mysteriously warm blue stone while walking through the woods. After his friend Miss Beecie helped him research the unusual rock, they concluded that it must be a gryphon egg. Thus they were not surprised when just such a creature hatched from the stone.
Edric, as Aerek decided to name him, quickly bonded with this human companions. As he grew, Edric displayed all the characteristics of a typical gryphon: courage, loyalty and above all, a love for gold. He accompanied Aerek and Beecie everywhere, which proved to be a blessing. His strength and daring saved them on more than one occasion. He even helped Aerek and his fellow soldiers defeat an invading group of Cyclops, displaying a nobleness of spirit that only a very special gryphon could possibly possess.
This first tale about Edic the Gryphon is short but teaches lessons about courage, generosity, good humor and friendship. Despite some challenging vocabulary, more advanced readers in this age range will find the writing simplistic as little inference is expected. Descriptions of both the setting and action, however, are quite detailed. Younger children with vivid imaginations will enjoy hearing this story read aloud.
Jennifer Minicus is a wife, mother and teacher living in Ridgewood, NJ.