Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure

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When a ship arrives in the harbor, Margaret seizes the chance to see the world. But the adventure brings danger. It takes a magic ring, an enchanted sword, and bravery to bring Margaret and her true love safely home. Full color.

In this retelling of an Irish folktale, a brave young woman battles a sea serpent and rescues her true love from a giant.

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Overview

When a ship arrives in the harbor, Margaret seizes the chance to see the world. But the adventure brings danger. It takes a magic ring, an enchanted sword, and bravery to bring Margaret and her true love safely home. Full color.

In this retelling of an Irish folktale, a brave young woman battles a sea serpent and rescues her true love from a giant.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"The heroine strikes a blow for womankind in this high-spirited tale set in ancient Ireland," said PW. "Comport uses dark and rugged pastels and varying perspective to capture the drama of Margaret's adventures." Ages 5-10. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Copper-haired, fair-skinned Margaret strikes a blow for womankind in this high-spirited tale set in ancient Ireland. Margaret is content to run her small farm in County Donegal until the day a magnificent ship, captained by young Prince Simon, anchors nearby. Simon stirs Margaret's heart and her sense of adventure and she pleads to accompany him on his journey. He agrees, but a battle with a sea serpent sends Margaret ashore alone, where she takes refuge with an old hag during a storm. Margaret soon learns that her hostess is a sorceress who will not allow her to reunite with Simon until the young woman slays a monster. San Souci's adaptation of a traditional West Irish tale races along at fever pitch, bringing Margaret to the brink of disaster again and again. He carefully integrates magical elements into the action and also challenges young readers with a sprinkling of words authentic to the time and place (byre, kine, maw). In her picture book debut, Comport uses dark and rugged pastels and varying perspective to capture the drama of Margaret's adventures. Her vivid, crashing waves, rearing horses and bellowing monsters enhance this exciting read. Ages 5-10. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 A quintessential hero tale with a feminist twist. Beautiful and courageous Margaret meets a handsome prince, Simon, and joins his seafaring crew. After she is separated from the ship, she defeats a sea serpent and is washed ashore to a witch's hut where a magic sword hangs. Rediscovered by Simon, Margaret prepares to leave but the old woman imprisons them with her sorceress's powers and demands the death of the giant at a nearby castle in return for their release. Simon fights and loses his life. Upon learning that she is the intended champion of the enchanted sword, Margaret faces the giant and wins. When the hag regains the castle, a magic potion restores her youth and Simon's life. All live happily ever after. An author's note credits this rousing adventure to a Gaelic source published in 1893, but contemporary readers will delight in the action, plot twists, and the familiar character types. The telling is tightly tailored and sometimes even terse; the dialogue is declarative and occasionally stilted. But the events that unfold are thrilling and ultimately satisfying. Done in vivid, fiery colors, flashier than those usually associated with traditional folklore, the full-page pastel illustrations give the overall effect of vigor and great drama. A surefire hit for storytimes, this is just plain good fun for fans of fairy tales and hero quests alike. Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Another woman-turned-warrior tale, this time set in Ireland. Brave adventurer Margaret longs to "learn what lay beyond the wide sea," and seizes her first opportunity when the handsome son of a king, Simon, stumbles onto her farm. She mightily convinces him to take her aboard, and is soon felling sea serpents. This prefaces the real monster she must slay-giant who rendered her true love lifeless with the stroke of a club-but she is imprisoned by a sorceress hag who tells her that only the "champion" whose finger fits a silver ring can free the sword that will kill the giant. Margaret slips the ring on, exclaiming, "What fools we are for thinking it must be a man who slays that great, dirty giant!" With giant slain and true love returned from the dead, a wedding ensues. This story has it all: high seas, sorcery, sea serpents, the slaying of dragons, with a Maureen O'Hara-like spitfire at the heart of it all. San Souci conjures up large events and sweeps of time with a minimum of words. Comport casts Margaret as a long-necked, pale-skinned beauty with waves of red hair as fiery as her spirit. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689810725
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Wern Comport has illustrated numerous picture books and novels, including Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs; Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure; Hanging Off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing Up on Mt. Rushmore; and the Spy Mice series. She has also translated her picture making skills to various large scale public, private, and institutional artworks. Sally lives with her husband and two daughters in Annapolis, Maryland, where she operates Art at Large Inc. Learn more at ArtAtLargeInc.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    Fantastic Book!

    I bought this book for both of my granddaughters and they love it. It's rare to see a story where the woman doesn't need rescuing from a man, but does the rescuing herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2000

    Wonderful book for your daughters

    This is a wonderful book for all children (and adults) but I especially like the strong female lead. My 5-year old daughter asks me to read her this book over and over again. The illustrations are also inspired.

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