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The Serpent Came to Gloucester
Author: M.T. Anderson
Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline
Publisher: Candlewick Press

This is one children's book that, as an adult, I could not resist. Yes, it has lovely illustrations. Yes, it tells a fascinating story. Yes, it is much more than a mere children's book, at least to this believer in Creation Science.

The Serpent Came to Gloucester is a fictionalized telling of a historical event. In 1817 and 1818 a large sea serpent made several appearances off the shores of Massachusetts. It stayed around long enough that most grew relatively comfortable with it and large numbers of people saw it. Many tried to capture or kill it, but they never managed and it eventually disappeared back into the deep.

To me, though it is written as a children's story, this is one more reminder of the fact that we don't know as much about dinosaurs and other "prehistoric creatures" as we think we do. We still discover animals we used to consider extinct, and Creation Scientists are ever stumbling across new evidence that dinosaurs and man once lived together. (My favorite article, Bishop Bell's brass behemoths! , is at the Answers in Genesis website. The engravings it reveals makes me believe that St. George's dragon was actually a dinosaur.)

But this one definitely stands as a simple children's book even if you're not into Creation Science. It's like the stories of the Loch Ness Monster that were so prevalent when I was growing up; you can't help but root for the serpent and wish it hadn't gone away.


The Serpent Came to Gloucester

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