33rd out of 37 books — 6 voters
Tales from Old Ireland
This enchanting collection of favorite Irish folk tales deserves to be read aloud at every hearth. Described by Malachy Doyle in captivating language, the larger-than-life characters, dramatic landscapes, and magical happenings of all the tales, including the famous legend of the bewitched Children of Lir, are also brought vividly to life by the luminous art of Niamh Shark...more
Paperback, 95 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Barefoot Books
(first published 2000)
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Nov 14, 2009 Stacy Slater rated it 4 of 5 stars
"Horse" by this same author is one of our family favorites for the simple, yet beautiful use of language. "Tales from Old Ireland" does not disappoint -- Doyle's word choice remains impeccable. Any of the seven stories included would make a wonderful read aloud. A few are riffs on familiar themes, including a version of "Cinderella." Many will be unfamiliar and younger readers/listeners may be uncomfortable at the lack of a "happily ever after" in some of the tales. Niamh Sharkey's illustrations...more
Malachy Doyle is the author of Antonio on the Other Side of the World, Getting Smaller and many other books for children. He lives in Donegal, Ireland.More about Malachy Doyle...