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The King with Horse's Ears and Other Irish Folktales

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Storytelling is one of Ireland’s oldest and grandest traditions, and these vivid tales of far-off days will introduce young readers to the country’s irresistible folklore. Here are brave warriors with superhuman skills, monster dogs with blazing eyes, fairy folk and leprechauns, and the magical land of Tir na nÓg. Author Batt Burns grew up with these beloved characters and ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Sterling
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Marissa Garcia
This is well-done collection of thirteen Irish folktales. Burns begins with an introduction detailing his personal ties to storytelling, and the rich oral storytelling tradition of his home country of Ireland. He includes some information on his research and the origins of the tales he chose at the end of the introduction, but the bulk of that information is contained in the source notes in the back of the book, which are informative but still each concisely written. There is also a glossary at ...more
Ancestral Gael
Why did I read it? I've always enjoyed fairy and folk tales and this collection appeared several times in recommendations on various book sites.

What's it about? It is a collection of tales remembered from the fireside telling by the author's grandfather. An eclectic collection of magical creatures, and characters from old Irish myths illustrated rather sparsely by Igor Oleynikov.

Contents: “Back from the Fairies”; “The King with the Horse's Ears”; “Fionn Mac Cumhail and the Fianna of Ireland” “Th
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Treasa
This is a fabulous collection of Irish folktales! Batt Burns, a professional seanachie, writes the stories in such a way that I could almost hear him telling them to me as I read them. The selection of stories is wonderful, ranging from old, traditional Irish tales to ones that Burns himself has made up. The stories don't shy away from bad things happening, which is extremely refreshing.

Burns also does a wonderful job of giving source information for each story at the back of the book and sugges
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Carissa M
The King with Horse's Ears has a total of thirteen enchanting folktales. Out of the thirteen my three favorites are "The King with Horse's Ears", "Fionn Mac Cumhail and the Fianna of Ireland", and "The Boy and the Pooka". "The King with Horse's Ears" was one of my favorites because the story of the King and his embarrassment of being born with horse ears where he would go to the extent of killing barbers so they would not tell his dark secret to the people. I love how at the end the widowed moth ...more
Rochelle
I actually met the author. He was a delightful Irish chap who had lovely tales to tell.
Megan
An excellent peice of work! This book is insightful and magical, full of fantasy. It certainly made me nostalgic for Ireland and increased my love of all things Celtic!
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
An outstanding collection of Irish folktales, some of which I've read before as picture books, including the title story. My favorites are the scary "The Boy and the Pooka," the eerie "The Lost Island of Lonesome Seals," and the sad, haunting "Oisin in the Land of the Young." Igor Oleynikov's illustrations are perfect for the tales--I love the picture of the king with his horse's ears. I'd love to hear these read aloud by someone with an Irish accent. I must read more books in this series. Highl ...more
Heather
Some of the stories I really enjoyed, but others condensed portions of the action so thoroughly that the stories were hard to follow and boring. (Which is too bad, because I know the original stories are not boring!) Still, it is a helpful addition for kids who think that all Irish stories involve leprechauns. (They don't.)
Anya
Got it because of the illustrator, haven't read it yet, but looking forward to it.
Theanonymousafro
Though a children's book it is a great read.
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