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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Tales from Old Ireland

Tales from Old Ireland

Fall 2000 Picture Books
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Malachy Doyle
Illustrator: Niamh Sharkey
ISBN: 1-902283-97-x
Hardcover Price: $19.99
Review:
As fresh as a cool sea breeze is this lively collection of eight magical tales from old Ireland. Retold with a pleasing Irish lilt to the prose, and illustrated enchantingly with an admirable respect for the words, the stories—most of them unfamiliar – are sure to please young listeners and adult readers alike. Though there is a Cinderella variant and a sprinkling of giants and wicked stepmothers, it is the fairies of old Erin and the Merrows who live under the sea that hold us in thrall. “So put a sod on the fire, give an apple to the child, and pour a drink for the storyteller.” You’re in for a treat.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2000 Parents' Choice

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