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Irish Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends (Scholastic Classics)

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A complete collection of much loved Irish fairy tales, myths and legends, bound into a beautiful new edition. Enjoy the rich mythical history of Ireland from the arrival of the Tuatha De Danann on the island and their great battles with the Fomorians, right up to the modern day fairy tales of Irish storytelling. Including the Ulster Cycle, The Fenian Cycle and featuring he A complete collection of much loved Irish fairy tales, myths and legends, bound into a beautiful new edition. Enjoy the rich mythical history of Ireland from the arrival of the Tuatha De Danann on the island and their great battles with the Fomorians, right up to the modern day fairy tales of Irish storytelling. Including the Ulster Cycle, The Fenian Cycle and featuring heroes such as Cúchulainn and Fionn Mac Cumhaill and many traditional favourites such as The Children of Lir.


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A complete collection of much loved Irish fairy tales, myths and legends, bound into a beautiful new edition. Enjoy the rich mythical history of Ireland from the arrival of the Tuatha De Danann on the island and their great battles with the Fomorians, right up to the modern day fairy tales of Irish storytelling. Including the Ulster Cycle, The Fenian Cycle and featuring he A complete collection of much loved Irish fairy tales, myths and legends, bound into a beautiful new edition. Enjoy the rich mythical history of Ireland from the arrival of the Tuatha De Danann on the island and their great battles with the Fomorians, right up to the modern day fairy tales of Irish storytelling. Including the Ulster Cycle, The Fenian Cycle and featuring heroes such as Cúchulainn and Fionn Mac Cumhaill and many traditional favourites such as The Children of Lir.

30 review for Irish Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends (Scholastic Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris Callaghan

    Magical tales, myths and legends retold with Kieran Fanning's trademark enthusiasm for storytelling. Bitesize Irish tales told with humour, style and pace. Perfect for a new audience wanting to keep these stories alive. Magical tales, myths and legends retold with Kieran Fanning's trademark enthusiasm for storytelling. Bitesize Irish tales told with humour, style and pace. Perfect for a new audience wanting to keep these stories alive.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    The images on the cover of this beautiful book are recreations of the chapter headings. All a reader has to do to remember a tale, or choose one to read, is look at the cover. I find that incredibly charming and the potential for interaction with a child audience, very clever. When I finished the book, I closed my eyes and tried to imagine being Irish and living in a country with thousand year old+ stories. How incredible to be able to reach back centuries in time and think that maybe, gods and g The images on the cover of this beautiful book are recreations of the chapter headings. All a reader has to do to remember a tale, or choose one to read, is look at the cover. I find that incredibly charming and the potential for interaction with a child audience, very clever. When I finished the book, I closed my eyes and tried to imagine being Irish and living in a country with thousand year old+ stories. How incredible to be able to reach back centuries in time and think that maybe, gods and giants and mermaids are a part of your past. If that doesn't stir a reader's imagination, especially a child's, nothing will. I never liked to read fairy tales when I was a kid. They always seemed grim :), often mean-spirited, and unfair. As many books as I read to my children when they were young, not one was ever a fairy-tale. I wish I could have had this book then. Occasional bad things (battles and deaths) happen, but they are addressed quickly and delicately. The characters and their actions are all so dynamic and the storytelling so adroit, the wonder of the tale being told always shines through. This book is an absolute must. Any child with a fraction of Irish blood in their veins is heir to this rich heritage and it is incumbent upon the adults in their lives to help them claim it. They should know these ancient magical and heroic ancestors belong to them. And if you aren't Irish, this book will make you wish you were.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eve McDonnell

    Story-telling at its best: This book was a huge hit in our house – 18 stories of perfect length for reading out loud. Kieran has brought old tales of yesteryear bang up to date with brilliant touches of Irish humour. We loved it so much we even incorporated it into our home-schooling routine! Perfect for 8+

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Myself and the kids loved these bitesize tales. Easy to read out loud and gives a great overview of some of Ireland's myths and fairy tales. Mr Fanning has a great understanding of storytelling and his book (for me at least) evoked old oral fireside tales. With a gorgeous cover by David Wardle, I can highly recommend this book for all ages but definitely one to share. Myself and the kids loved these bitesize tales. Easy to read out loud and gives a great overview of some of Ireland's myths and fairy tales. Mr Fanning has a great understanding of storytelling and his book (for me at least) evoked old oral fireside tales. With a gorgeous cover by David Wardle, I can highly recommend this book for all ages but definitely one to share.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sinéad O'Hart

    I loved this collection of Irish tales, written with spirit and flair by the talented Kieran Fanning. A great compendium to dip into at storytime, or an engaging volume to simply get lost in, this book should be pride of place on every bookshelf.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Colin McArdle

    Read this with my ten year old and we both absolutely loved it. There's a genuine fireside feeling to the tales. Traditional stories told in a fresh voice. A beautiful link to the past. I recommend this book to everyone, young and old. Read this with my ten year old and we both absolutely loved it. There's a genuine fireside feeling to the tales. Traditional stories told in a fresh voice. A beautiful link to the past. I recommend this book to everyone, young and old.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emer

    Charming stories and the cover is just stunning

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Forde

    Wonderful book. I really enjoyed this retelling of ancient Irish sagas. Some I knew from my childhood but others were new to me. Kieran makes all of them seem new and fresh. Highly recommend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanita

    Book is separated to 4 parts: • Fairy Tales and Folklore - 7 tales that were written down from oral tradition, often contained supernatural creatures - banshee, fairies, leprechauns, talking animals. • The Mythological Cycle - 3 stories about gods and supernatural humans • The Ulster Cycle - 3 stories based in first century, mostly about brave warrior Cúchulainn • The Fenian Cycle - 5 stories about Fianna - group of warriors who protected the High King and Ireland's shores from invaders, about thei Book is separated to 4 parts: • Fairy Tales and Folklore - 7 tales that were written down from oral tradition, often contained supernatural creatures - banshee, fairies, leprechauns, talking animals. • The Mythological Cycle - 3 stories about gods and supernatural humans • The Ulster Cycle - 3 stories based in first century, mostly about brave warrior Cúchulainn • The Fenian Cycle - 5 stories about Fianna - group of warriors who protected the High King and Ireland's shores from invaders, about their leader Fionn and his son Oisín Nice reading, written with simple English, easy to understand and good for children :) Definitely recommending it :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nhung Qnk

    I am glad I have found this book. The cover is absolutely beautiful and every single story is such a treat! I learned quite some interesting things as well. If I ever have a chance to visit beautiful Ireland, this book will of course come along with me :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yy

    3.5 stars — stories are generally interesting and I enjoyed them! I’m not sure why but I just didn’t like this book as much as I imagined I would, I think it’s a matter of personal taste and preference!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cara (Wilde Book Garden)

    CW: Grief, violence, fatphobic language, very minor body horror

  13. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    Rather simple but a fun read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary Rees

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Corrigan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Derek

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

  18. 5 out of 5

    Holly Jones

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eva Joseph

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katerina

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Aldrich

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carolina Alveal

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vira

  26. 5 out of 5

    Han Hall

  27. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Lieby

  28. 4 out of 5

    CaiQi

  29. 5 out of 5

    Supriya Radha

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pine14

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