Kingfisher Treasury of Irish Stories

Kingfisher Treasury of Irish Stories

by James Riordan, Ian Newsham
     
 

The Irish have a strong heritage of storytelling. This collection brings together seventeen of the best tales, both traditional-The Fox and the Hedgehog and Munachar and Manachar--and contemporary, such as Edna O'Brien's The Leprechaun.

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The Irish have a strong heritage of storytelling. This collection brings together seventeen of the best tales, both traditional-The Fox and the Hedgehog and Munachar and Manachar--and contemporary, such as Edna O'Brien's The Leprechaun.

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Children's Literature
This delightful selection of stories includes retellings of folktales as well as original tales from several of Ireland's best storytellers. Included are Edna O'Brien, Eamon Kelly, Martin Waddell, and Michael Scott. James Riordan's retelling of "Jack O'Lantern" and Michael Killey's "Poor Banshee" would be ideal read alouds for Halloween, and "Last Bus for Christmas" is a warm, satisfying story for that holiday. The collection would not be complete without a giant or two. They are found in the tales of "Una and the Giant Cucullin" and in Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant." This collection is a fine introduction to Irish literature and folktales for American children. An occasional word in Irish, and the terms "pound" in place of "dollar" and "lorries" instead of "trucks" transport the reader to the Irish villages and countryside. The flights of fancy in the tales will carry them to imaginary worlds. 2003 (orig. 1995), Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin, Ages 6 to 9.
—Sharon Salluzzo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753456729
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
01/23/2004
Series:
Kingfisher Treasury of Stories Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
1.11(w) x 1.11(h) x 1.11(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

James Riordan's first novel, Sweet Children, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award.

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