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Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and…

Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland (edition 2019)

by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Editor), Frances Castle (Illustrator)

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The definitive collection of British and Irish folktales from master storyteller and poet Kevin Crossley-Holland. Rich and strange, these eerie and magical folktales from across Britain and Ireland have been passed down from generation to generation, and are gathered together in a definitive new collection from the master storyteller and winner of the Carnegie Medal, Kevin Crossley-Holland. Dark and funny, lyrical and earthy, these fifty stories are part of an important and enduring historical tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Described by Neil Gaiman as the "master", Crossley-Holland's unforgettable retellings will capture the imagination of readers young and old alike.… (more)
Title:Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland
Authors:Kevin Crossley-Holland (Editor)
Other authors:Frances Castle (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2019), 352 pages
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A compelling collection of folk tales told in a "sitting 'round the fire" way. The imagery in the stories is vivid despite the simple nature of the retellings and the illustrations add a nice touch to the package. The stories often move from scene to scene in a way that seems strange to someone used to structured contemporary literature, but they are enjoyable reads and most are suitable for reading to kids over the age of about 8. I have a collection of books of myths and legends from around the world, and this was a worthy addition.
  Evolvr | Nov 20, 2019 |
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This was an enjoyable and diverse collection of folktales from Britain and Ireland. Written in a simple and engaging way, many of the stories would appeal to children as well as adults. The illustrations by Frances Castle also enhanced the book. ( )
  mathgirl40 | Nov 14, 2019 |
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These Folktales from Britain and Ireland have your typical animals, dragons, witch hazel and lessons to be learned. Occasionally, I wondered if the authors were hinting at aliens and I could see where British fantasy authors got some of their ideas. There are familiar stories that parallel common tales--like Rumplestiltskin and Cinderella. One thing about quite of few of these stories is they seemed to begin and randomly--they didn't have the typical beginning, middle and end. Some stories were gross (Dead Moon and Samuel's Ghost), others scary (Boo), and there were occasional duds (Oldest of them All); overall they were enjoyable. ( )
1 vote AmandaSanders | Nov 12, 2019 |
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I received this book as part of the LT early reviewer program. I really enjoyed this. It is a great collection of standard and unusual folk tales that have been passed down and nicely told in a form that feel like it is authentic and true. The language is simple and direct, without embellishment or additions by the author. A great reference for those who are intrigued by the original tellings. ( )
  klarsenmd | Nov 4, 2019 |
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Kevin Crossley-Holland is a storyteller and a poet and a scholar of legend and lore. All three spirits strive together in his making of this book, Between Worlds a collection of short retellings of Irish and British folk tale and fairy stories

He tells some oldies but goodies and tells them with a poet's ear and a storyteller's tongue. You may have to look twice to see that "Tom Tit Tot" is our old friend Rumpelstiltskin, but the tale is seems fresh and lively all the same. Balance that with a lot tellings new and wondrous to me, and a hundred thousand welcomes and glad to make your acquaintance. If you enjoy storytelling this is your new favorite source book.

If there's a flaw in this cozy little volume it's that sometimes the scholar and the folkloreist elbows in ahead of the poet, and some of the tales are dryer and - well, less memorable -- as a result. But the bulk of the book is lovely and graceful and good to keep on your bedside table to late night browsing.

Tasty. and a keeper. ( )
  magicians_nephew | Oct 17, 2019 |
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