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The classic Gaelic stories about Gubbaun Saor, maker of worlds and shapes of universes, and his son, kept alive by Ella Young -- as she heard them -- in the tradition of Celtic storytelling.
Paperback, 191 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Dufour Editions (first published 1927)
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Miriam
Jan 21, 2010 Miriam rated it really liked it
What lovely language!

The edition from my library is from 1955, and has pasted into the back cover a description from Horn Books that reads: "Miss Young has gathered these stories of the Gubbaun Saor from the cottagers and fishermen of Gaelic-speaking Ireland where they have been told for more than a thousand years. There is a strange wild loveliness in their telling that makes their imagination and humorous fancy a real contribution to our folk literature."
Thomas Bell
Aug 13, 2011 Thomas Bell rated it it was ok
Shelves: newbery-honors
A long time ago, a lot of the Newbery Award and honor books were collections of tales from some place or another. This book isn't nearly as bad as Tales from Silver Lands, but it sure isn't great either. This is tales from Ireland, in particular tales of a legendary hero-smith type person named Gudduan the Soar. The author spent 20 years collecting stories people remembered about him from around Ireland. Yet with the stories themselves I was not impressed.
LordOfDorkness
Oct 06, 2012 LordOfDorkness rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Beautiful language, lots of unexpected twists, neat story, interesting mythology. I'm glad it's not cute or childish, which in folk tales and mythology can make me kind of nuts. If you're a child and you read this, I think you must have thougt it was pretty awesome, even if you didn't understand many of the words. And if you haven't read it and like this sort of mythology stuff, it's great.
Mckinley
Feb 12, 2014 Mckinley rated it liked it
This is a collection of old celtic stories about Gubbaun Saor also known as Mananaun also called Cullion the Smith. He is delivered of a set of tools by uncommon means and becomes the Master-builder, the Wonder-Smith. He has adventures and learns the value of a daughter after swapping her for a useless son. (She comes back into the story.)
Accompanied with lovely black and white illustrations.
Heather
Mar 07, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, newbery
An interesting set of stories, but I really could have used a pronunciation guide. And a few background notes.
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Jul 15, 2012 Damaris marked it as to-read
1928 Newbery Honor Book
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