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A Child's Book Tour of Ireland

Description: A collection of the best juvenile picture books, fables, and stories with an Irish setting.

Members: 3 participating members (show all)

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5
79 members, 5 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (1): Retelling of The Children of Lir tale. Gennady Spirin's elegant and exquisite illustrations make this picture book a work of art. Highly recommend.

10
27 members, 1 review
4.58 stars (4.58 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (2): A beautiful picture book retelling of the romantic Celtic "Tam Lin" legend written and illustrated by Robin Muller. A work of art!

13
58 members, 2 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (3): One of my favorite books. An original fairy tale and a good story about a cunning leprechaun, a lazy girl and her poor auld Granny. Love the cute, sepia-tone illustrations with the green of the leprechaun's clothes providing the only other color. Well done and effective. I particularly appreciate this book as it is difficult to find such appealing leprechaun illustration.… (more)

14
36 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (4): Another favorite book! Fantasy adventure written for children but definitely an all-ages read. A braggart takes on the little people in a battle of the wits. Recommend to all... Mollie Hunter has it all sewn up with this book. A new classic!… (more)

18
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: PitcherBooks (5)

Score: 2.68

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PitcherBooks (5): The Leprechaun of Kilmeen must be the best of them! Clever, cunning and even kindly when needs be, you'll wonder how is he going to save himself and his gold as he gets into the most perilous predicaments that the human folk of Kilmeen can devise :-) A wonderful period read with intriguing background details from another century but still easy and enjoyable to read today. Totally enjoyable. Love this collection of O'Kelly's short stories and fairy-tales which includes By the Stream of Kilmeen (1906), Hillsiders (1909), and Waysiders: Stories of Connacht (1917), The Golden Barque and the Weaver’s Grave (1919); The Leprechaun of Kilmeen (1920). Seamus O'Kelly (Author/Playright, Ireland, 1881–1918).… (more)

20
17 members, 0 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (6): Reprints of this 1903 classic are readily available. An excellent and fun read. Free public domain e-book at: https://archive.org/details/darbyogillandgo00kavagoog

21
517 members, 9 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (7)

Score: 2.46

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PitcherBooks (7): Only the Arthur Rackham illustrated edition! Seriously. There are any number of Stephen's Irish Fairy Tales editions. Rackham's magnificent artwork elevates the book far about any other edition or version of Stephen's book... Ten traditional tales of Irish heroes, kings, soldiers, magicians, poets, and madmen. Free E-Book: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2892/2892-h/2892-h.htm… (more)

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25 members, 0 reviews
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (8)

Score: 2.38

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PitcherBooks (8): Patricia Lynch (Author. Ireland, 1894-1972) wrote 12 Brogeen the Leprechaun books spanning from 1947 to 1964. Only some made it to the US. I have five and enjoy some of the books more than others but would still recommend them to most leprechaun lovers. Cute, light, easy reading with illustrations.… (more)

26
3 members, 0 reviews
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (9)

Score: 2.31

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PitcherBooks (9): Patricia Lynch (Author. Ireland, 1894-1972) wrote 12 Brogeen books spanning from 1947 to 1964. Only some made it to the US. I have five and enjoy some more than others but would still recommend them to most leprechaun lovers. Cute, light, easy reading with illustrations.… (more)

27
71 members, 2 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (10)

Score: 2.25

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PitcherBooks (10): A little bit of everything Irish with wonderful artwork by David McPhail. Recommended for grades 4-8 but I think most would enjoy this collection.

28
428 members, 2 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (11)

Score: 2.2

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PitcherBooks (11): Eye-catching & enjoyable illustration by Henry Cole accompany this appealing picture book.

3
57 members, 1 review
4.42 stars (4.42 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (12), casaloma (17)

Score: 4.12

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PitcherBooks (12): Excellent work by both a notable Irish author & artist... Recommended. Patrick James Lynch (Author / Illustrator. Ireland, b.1962). Brendan Francis Behan aka Breandán Ó Beacháin (Author, Folklorist. Ireland, 1923-1964). Posthumous and first publication of this title in 1996.… (more)

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36 members, 4 reviews
3.43 stars (3.43 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (13)

Score: 2.11

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PitcherBooks (13): A classic Irish fairy well-told by Marianna Mayer with wonderful art by Katie Treherne. Great picture book.

33
120 members, 9 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (14)

Score: 2.07

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (14): Well done picture book fairytale derived from "West Irish Folk-Tales and Romances," (1893) by William Larminie, Folklorist & Editor. Free public domain e-book: https://archive.org/details/westirishfolktal00larmuoft… (more)

34
197 members, 1 review
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (15)

Score: 2.03

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (15): Eight tales from Irish folklore. And the incredibly talented P.J. Lynch is the illustrator. Need I say more? An all-ages read.

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22 members, 0 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (16)

Score: 2

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (16): Well done retelling of an old Irish tale with gorgeous art by Ted Nasmith. King Ethal cast a spell on his daughter, Caer, to prevent her from marrying a mortal. She must spend every other year in the form of a swan. Fine by her... until she falls in love with Aengus strolling upon the shore of her lake home. What's a swan-girl to do?… (more)

38
5 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (17)

Score: 1.97

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PitcherBooks (17): Amusing picture book about the noisy cats of Kilkenny and one poor sleepless Irishman.

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47 members, 0 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (18)

Score: 1.94

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PitcherBooks (18): 15 poems, songs, limericks and ballads in praise of Biddy Early, an actual real life 19th-century Irish peasant woman/herbalist/healer known as the legendary "wise woman of Clare." Beautiful art by Barry Moser. More info on Biddy Early: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biddy_Early… (more)

42
29 members, 1 review
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (19)

Score: 1.92

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PitcherBooks (19): Six folktales with adorable illustrations by Jacqueline East.

43
31 members, 1 review
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (20)

Score: 1.89

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (20): An original and sweet fairy tale set in 1950s Ireland and America by Sawyer with lovely art by Troy. Troy's artwork reminds me of and is every bit as good as his contemporaries ~ Garth Williams (1912-1996) & Robert McCloskey (1914-2003).… (more)

4
157 members, 15 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: casaloma (12), PitcherBooks (21)

Score: 4.02

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PitcherBooks (21): Fiona's intelligence & wit are worth more than a storeroom of leprechaun's luck in this picture book. Excellent message. Nice art by Kelly Murphy.

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16 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (22)

Score: 1.85

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (22): A retelling of The Children of Lir myth in a 1750 setting. Written in 1954, it has the unconscious and appealing sweetness of the era.

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191 members, 6 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (23)

Score: 1.83

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PitcherBooks (23): Silly, mischievous leprechauns with illustrations to match make this a fun light-hearted read.

2
1,083 members, 28 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: casaloma (4), PitcherBooks (24)

Score: 4.64

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PitcherBooks (24): All of dePaola's Jamie O'Rourke picture book fairy tales are a delight!

51
367 members, 7 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (25)

Score: 1.79

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (25): All of dePaola's Jamie O'Rourke picture book fairy tales are a delight!

54
12 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (26)

Score: 1.77

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (26): The Little Golden Book Disney version of the classic 1903 tale. Illustrations derived from the 1959 Disney movie (which, btw, was Walt Disney's favorite movie).… (more)

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109 members, 2 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (27)

Score: 1.76

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (27): Tales from Irish folklore. And the incredibly talented P.J. Lynch is the illustrator. Need I say more?

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191 members, 1 review
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (28)

Score: 1.74

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (28): Illustrated free public domain e-book at https://archive.org/details/irishfairybook00gravrich It's a classic. Enjoy!

59
54 members, 1 review
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (29)

Score: 1.72

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PitcherBooks (29): Ten Irish fairy tales with illustrations by Verbeck collected and translated from the Irish Gaelic into English by Donegal native MacManus in 1900. Free public domain e-book: https://archive.org/details/donegalfairysto00macmgoog… (more)

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83 members, 0 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (30)

Score: 1.71

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (30): True confession. Bought this one simply because Wayne Anderson is one of my favorite illustrators. A 'guide' to leprechauns in the same vein as Froud's Faeries or Nuygen & Poortvliet's Gnomes. Not my fave of Wayne's but still like it.… (more)

About this list

Started by: casaloma (January 2013)

Type: Numbered and unnumbered

Limit: 30 books

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