HomeGroupsTalkExploreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Great Irish Legends for Children Mini…
Loading...

Great Irish Legends for Children Mini Edition (edition 2005)

by Yvonne Carroll

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
672331,491 (2.8)None
A mini edition of this delightful collection of traditional Irish legends including much-loved favorites such as 'Oisin', 'The Brown Bull of Cooley' and 'The Giant from Scotland'. Six beautifully illustrated legends, simply retold for children of all ages to enjoy and remember. Other books by Yvonne Carroll Beginner's Irish Dictionary Irish Legends for Children Irish Legends for Children - Mini Leprechaun Tales The Little Leprechaun Library The Very Little Leprechaun Tale… (more)
Member:jies
Title:Great Irish Legends for Children Mini Edition
Authors:Yvonne Carroll
Info:Gill & Macmillan (2005), Hardcover, 20 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:
Tags:None

Work Information

Great Irish Legends for Children by Yvonne Carroll

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Showing 2 of 2
Yvonne Carroll, whose Irish Legends For Children contained six traditional Irish tales in a simplified form that is ideally suited for younger readers, returns in this second collection, which is formatted in much the same way. Profusely illustrated, this time by Robin Lawrie, Great Irish Legends for Children also presents six tales, taken from the Ulster (an Rúraíocht) and Fenian (an Fhiannaíocht) cycles of Irish mythology, and from more recent Irish folklore. The selections include:

The King with Donkey's Ears, which follows the tale of a king who kills his barbers, one by one, to keep (what he imagines to be) a terrible secret, until, at the pleading of his latest barber's mother, he agrees to spare the man's life, if he promises not to reveal anything he sees in the king's castle. Naturally, not all goes quite as planned... This tale can be found in many collections, most recently in Batt Burns' The King with Horse's Ears and Other Irish Folktales.

The Brown Bull of Cooley, a very hastily sketched summation of the ancient Irish epic of the Táin Bó Cúailnge (the central part of an Rúraíocht), from Maeve and Ailill's argument about who is the wealthiest, to Maeve's efforts to obtain Daire Mac Fiachra's brown bull (in order to match Ailill's white bull, Finnbhennach), and her raid into Ulster, and conflict with Cú Chulainn. This telling concludes with the death of both bulls

The Giant from Scotland, a story combining elements of the two traditions of Fionn mac Cumhaill - the epic hero of an Fhiannaíocht, and the comical giant of later folklore - in which Fionn is challenged by the Scottish giant Angus, and, after building the Giant's Causeway, is aided by his clever wife Una in evading his enemy's grasp. This story, minus Fionn's companions in the Fianna, appears in such titles as Finn MacCoul and His Fearless Wife: A Giant of a Tale from Ireland and Mrs. McCool and the Giant Cuhullin: An Irish Tale, although the challenging giant in those retellings is named Cucullin/Cuhullin. Given that her collection also features a tale involving Cú Chulainn, the epic hero, rather than the later comical figure, perhaps Carroll changed the name deliberately, to avoid confusion.

Eisert, a tale in which the king's favorite poet, Eisert, angers his lord, and is dispatched to the land of giants he has described at court. This turns out to be Ulster, under the rule of King Fergus. I'm not familiar with this tale, and wasn't sure what to make of it. Is Eisert a leprechaun? One of the fairy-folk? Is Fergus, Fergus mac Róich?

The Beggarman, taken from an Fhiannaíocht, in which the Prince of Tír na nÓg, on his annual visit to the human world, assumes the shape of an old beggarman, and defends the honor of the Fianna, and of Fionn, when a foreign prince arrives to challenge their fastest runner to a race.

And finally, Oisín, also from an Fhiannaíocht, which follows the story of Fionn mac Cumhaill and Sadhb, of the Fear Dorcha: their short-lived time together, Sadhb's return to captivity, and Fionn's discovery, some years later, of his son, Oisín.

I cannot say, all things considered, that I enjoyed Great Irish Legends as much as Carroll's earlier collection, although I appreciate the fact that she is aiming her work at a younger audience. Somehow, though, the result of these tellings felt a little flat to me, and I wasn't very pleased, either with The Brown Bull of Cooley (all the men of Ulster are prevented from fighting by a "sea witch's" curse), or The Giant from Scotland (I prefer the heroic Finn, but if you're going to give us the comical one, just do so). Still, those looking for simplified retellings of these stories might want to take a look at this one, just to see if it suits their needs. ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 25, 2013 |
This is a collection of classic Irish folktales, complete with 1930's, art deco illustrations. Students will enjoy reading a different take on classic Western fairy tales and seeing the differences and similarities between them. For example, the student may recognize the vain ruler from "The Emperor's New Clothes" in "The King with the Donkey Ears." They will also enjoy reading about mythical figures like druids, expanding their mythological knowledge.

One quibble I had with this book was that the text was centered in the middle of the text box. I suppose that was to give it the feeling of an illuminated scroll, but I found it distracting. Other than that, this is a good addition to a collection of world folktales, from a country that doesn't get as much attention as other parts of the world.

For ages 5 - 8. ( )
  ALelliott | Nov 19, 2011 |
Showing 2 of 2
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Yvonne Carrollprimary authorall editionscalculated
Lawrie, RobinIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

A mini edition of this delightful collection of traditional Irish legends including much-loved favorites such as 'Oisin', 'The Brown Bull of Cooley' and 'The Giant from Scotland'. Six beautifully illustrated legends, simply retold for children of all ages to enjoy and remember. Other books by Yvonne Carroll Beginner's Irish Dictionary Irish Legends for Children Irish Legends for Children - Mini Leprechaun Tales The Little Leprechaun Library The Very Little Leprechaun Tale

No library descriptions found.

Book description
This volume of six traditional Irish legends includes stories about a king with donkey's ears, a moral lesson about riches and possessions based on a brown bull, a tale explaining how the coast of Antrim was formed by a giant, and other tales about treachery, bravery, and honor. Spirited illustrations bring each tale to life, and a pronunciation guide is included to assist with reading the unusual Irish names such as Ailill and Daire Mac Fiachra. Told for hundreds of years, these stories are a rich part of Irish history and lend themselves to great storytelling.

Available online at The Internet Archive:
https://archive.org/details/greatirish...
Haiku summary

Popular covers

Quick Links

Rating

Average: (2.8)
0.5
1
1.5
2 1
2.5
3 4
3.5
4
4.5
5

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 170,247,501 books! | Top bar: Always visible