Tales for the Telling: Irish Folk and Fairy Tales

Tales for the Telling: Irish Folk and Fairy Tales

by Edna OBrien, Michael Foreman
     
 

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Rediscover the timeless tales of children's literature in this beautifully designed series from Pavilion. Exquisitely illustrated and published in uniform editions, these are a must for every child's bookshelf.

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Rediscover the timeless tales of children's literature in this beautifully designed series from Pavilion. Exquisitely illustrated and published in uniform editions, these are a must for every child's bookshelf.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Foreman's color-rich, vigorous paintings complement the celebrated author's retelling of tales from the lore of her native land. A collection for the entire family fires the imagination with the deeds of ancient heroes and mischief-makers who live again in O'Brien's distinctive narrative style. She accents the comic notes as the giant McConigle threatens to destroy the giant Finn, a titanic clash averted when Finn's cunning wife Oonagh fools the challenger into believing her husband is twice his actual size and thrice stronger. There is a sweet and silly story about nasty fairies who force a young lad to help them kidnap a French princess, another about a brave man who vanquishes all his foes and never falters only to quake with fear when he falls in love, and many more treasures. (All ages)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up ``Plaze your honours, boy-childs and dawters, wake up.'' Thus begins a journey into the enchantment of Irish folk and fairy stories. Here the legendary giant Finn and his clever wife Oonagh defeat the fierce Scottish giant McConigle, and ``The Lad with the Goatskin'' wins his Princess by ``making her laugh three times.'' Readers will chuckle at Irish versions of ``The Gallant Tailor'' and ``Jack and the Beanstalk .'' O'Brien has shaped these 12 tales of giants and ``little paiple,'' magical animals , and foolish folk with the true hand of a storyteller and with the wit, humor, and lyrical lilt of the country in which she spent her childhood. O'Brien has carefully interspersed dialect with phrasing to present stories that capture tradition, yet are easily read. Two tales in dialect add authenticity to the book without wearying readers. Foreman's intricate watercolors enhance and capture the character of the stories and add to the beauty and delight of this charming volume. A marvelous book for storytellers and lovers of Irish legend. Constance A. Mellon, Department of Library & Information Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781862050716
Publisher:
Pavilion Books, Limited
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Pages:
157
Product dimensions:
6.99(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.28(d)

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