Synopses & Reviews
Eight ancient legends of Ireland, told for younger children by an acclaimed Irish writer and reviewer. The stories are all linked by themes of magic and enchantment, and are perfectly matched by Irish illustrator Olwyn Whelan's brightly coloured and decorative paintings.
The stories included are: Butterfly Girl;The Children of Lir;Labhra with the horse's Ears;The Enchanted Birds; Cu Chulainn and Emer; The Enchanted Deer; The Land Under the Waves; Oisin in Tir na nOg.
Former Irish Children’s Laureate Parkinson retells seven stories of Gaelic origin in engaging lucid prose. Magic and dreamlike imagery intersect with practical lessons and warnings about the powers and dangers of human emotion. In “The Children of Lír” the jealous wife of a widowed king transforms her husband’s children into swans; in “Land Under Wave” a man’s kindness to an “ugly bedraggled old hag” results in her turning into a beautiful woman. Though they marry their bond comes with one proviso: “Do not remind me three times about how terrible I looked when you first met me.” (Guess what he does.) The layers of meaning attached to the stories are echoed in Whelan’s vivid watercolor paintings which feature quiltlike emerald fields monsters with fangs and wings and heroines and heroes dressed in patterned robes capes and gowns. Ages 7–9. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"A long time ago in Ireland, there lived a beautiful princess whose name was Etain. She was so beautiful that when she went walking, the birds of the air stopped singing to stare at her, the wind stopped sighing through the treetops, and all the animals held their breath."
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About the Author
grew up in Galway and Donegal and now lives in Dublin with her husband; they have a grown son. She is an editor, translator and critic as well as a highly acclaimed writer for children of all ages. Several of her books have won Bisto awards, and The Moon King
and Something Invisible
were also IBBY Honour Books. In 2010 she became the first Irish Children's Laureate.
Olwyn Whelan was a newspaper cartoonist and graphic designer before becoming a freelance illustrator. Her goal is to produce timeless books that children will treasure for life. She has illustrated many children's picture book collections, including Celtic Memories, The Mermaid of Cafur and The Barefoot Books of Princesses (all Barefoot Books).and#160;She lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.