The Irish Cinderlad

The Irish Cinderlad


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“A robust story of courage and danger” (Booklist). “A must for collectors of Cinderella variants” (Kirkus Reviews).

Folklorist Shirley Climo retells an age-old Irish tale that's an unusual twist on the popular Cinderella fairy tale. As says: "What would have happened if Cinderella were a man? How might the story be different? An old Irish folk tale provides one answer. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day."

Ever since he was a baby, Becan’s only worry has been his big feet—until his widowed father remarries. His new stepmother and her three daughters feed him crusts of bread and banish him to work in the fields. So Becan runs away.

With the help of his only friend, a magical bull, he defeats a giant, slays a dragon, and rescues a princess. But before she can thank him, Becan disappears, leaving behind him one of his enormous boots. The princess scours the kingdom for the owner of the giant boot. Will Becan’s feet give him away? And what will his fate be if they do?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064435772
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2000
Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 503,155
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.08(d)
Lexile: AD730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Shirley Climo's love of folklore began in her childhood and has provided the background for many of her children's books, such as The Korean Cinderella, Magic & Mischief: Tales from Cornwall, A Treasury of Princesses: Princess Tales from Around the World, A Treasury of Mermaids: Mermaid Tales from Around the World, and Someone Saw a Spider: Spider Facts and Folktales, an NCTE Teacher's Choice and Library of Congress Best Children's Book that was originally inspired by her research for Cobweb Christmas. Mrs. Climo and her husband live in Los Altos, California.

Loretta Krupinski has illustrated several children’s books, including Dear Rebecca, Winter Is Here by Jean Craighead George, The Irish Cinderlad by Shirley Climo, and her own Into the Woods: A Woodland Scrapbook. She has also illustrated one other book in the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro. She successfully grew all the bean plants pictured in this book. She lives on the coast of Maine.

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Irish Cinderlad 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
lhamed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is like the male version of Cinderella. The main charecter is Becan, and he has a mean stepmother with three stepsisters. His stepmother made him go work with the cow and he became friends with the bull until the bull died, and Becan left the house with is stepmother in it. just like in Cinderella he overcomes many obstacles until he find true love.
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a cute story about a male Cinderella! Becan was mistreated by his stepmother and three stepsisters, when they told him he had to herd the cattle! Doing so, he met a magical bull- like a fairy godmother- when his fate was told he was killed in a battle by the grey bull. The magic bull told Becan to twist off his tale after death, wrapping it around his waste, and if he ever needed it- he must take it off. With this magical tale, Becan saves Princess Finola and was set to marry her after she found him by having the men of the Kingdom try on a boot that he left behind. I would definitely read this story aloud to my classroom, either for comparing and contrasting this and a different Cinderella story, or I'd use it for a retelling lesson with this and the original Cinderlad story. I could also use it for a prediction or questioning lesson which are reading comprehension strategies! Absolutely loved this book and the male twist on Cinderella.
cooperca05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute reversal of Cinderella where it is Becan (the Cinder Lad) who must fight dragons and his three step sisters to marry the Princess.
dreamer2000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like how the boy was being followed by the girl in this story it is normally the woman being chased by the man. I also like the friendship between the boy and the animals. It shows how rare it can be to find a true friend.
HopeMiller123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a twist of a version of cinderella, but instead of it being a girl its a boy named Becan instead. His mother dies, has three evil step-sisters, and evil step mother. He eventually runs away from home because his family planned to kill a giant enchanted bull that Becan had become friends with. The bull gave his life so Becan could survive and also gave him his tail to protect himself. When Becan came cross a giant and a dragon the tail the bull gave him saved his life. He had a small body and very large feet, and when he fought the dragon to save a princess he ran off leaving a boot behind. The princess looked far and wide for the man that saved her, and let every man try on the boot. Eventually, news came back to Becan and he found his princess and lived happily ever after. It a different take on a classic that I think kids would like and learn that certain difference we may have do not define us.
Mom_hi5 More than 1 year ago
We've checked this out of the library multiple times. The most recent, my eldest son brought it home from school. We read it every night, and at my son's suggestion, even used the name for our youngest son! Beautiful illustrations, witty text, an absolutely fabulous story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Irish Cinderlad' will show you that you can believe in fiction. This book is funny, action packed, and makes you feel good. If you don't read this book you don't know what your missing and if your Irish you'll especially like it.