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Review: The Wishing of Biddy Malone-Ireland with children

Review: The Wishing of Biddy Malone-Ireland with children

The lilting cadence of The Wishing of Biddy Malone makes it a great book to read aloud and the illustrations do a good job of capturing the feel of the Irish countryside and contrasting the faerie kingdom. As the story opens, we learn that Biddy Malone loves to sing and dance, “[b]ut her singing was like a rusty gate in a wild west wind, and when she danced,...

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The Táin: The Great Celtic Epic

The Táin: The Great Celtic Epic

The Táin: The Great Celtic Epic, written by Liam Mac Uistin and illustrated by Donald Teskey, is the retelling of an epic Irish legend.  It is one of the tales of the Ulster Cycle, a group of eighty interrelated stories which recount the exploits of the Ulaid, a prehistoric people in the north of Ireland.  The Táin tells the story of a war started by Queen Maeve,...

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Review: O’Sullivan Stew-Ireland with children

Review: O’Sullivan Stew-Ireland with children

O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott is a tall tale in the Irish tradition and very enjoyable blarney.  Set in the town of Crookhaven, County Cork, it tells of the adventures of Kate O’Sullivan who manages to rescue the town from its misfortune and her family from the hangman’s noose by spinning tales and convincing the King that they’d been in...

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Review: Finn McCool and the Great Fish-Ireland with children

Review: Finn McCool and the Great Fish-Ireland with children

Finn McCool and the Great Fish by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Zachary Pullen tells the story of how the giant Finn McCool acquired his great wisdom. While Finn McCool was the biggest giant in all Ireland, and the greatest warrior ever known, he wasn’t known for being terribly bright.  One day he overhears his neighbors in Drumnahoon discussing his lack of...

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Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk

Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk

Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermot was published in 1992. Set in Donegal, it retells an old European tale of luck and redemption.  “Tim and Kate were so poor they had not a penny or a potato between them…Even the mice were thin from want of food and the cat wouldn’t bother with chasing the creatures.”  Tim set out,...

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