Sam Mcbratney Celtic Myths

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Celtic Myths

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This book features a beautifully illustrated collection of marvelous stories retold from classic legends and ancient mythology. The tales are lively, well-written versions that make the drama and excitement of each story accessible to children of all ages.

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Sam McBratney was a teacher for many years and is now a successful author. He is best-known for his picture book Guess How Much I Love You, which was an international success. In 1996 he won the prestigious Book of the Year award presented by the American Booksellers Association, and he has also won the Bass Ireland Arts Prize.

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Grade 3-5-McBratney introduces readers to the magical, entertaining, and violent lore of Northern Ireland and the British Isles. Among the 15 tales retold here are the popular Gawain and the Loathly Lady and that of "The Green Man"; the Welsh legend of Pryderi's birth and coming to throne; a pourquoi story of Stonehenge; and the story of Cuchulainn winning his name: the Hound of Ulster. In a wild variety of tales, animals transform into people and vice versa. The fools include a midwife who lets the fairies know she sees them, a king who tries to hide his ridiculous ears, and a fool-hero who contends with an all-devouring sea monster in order to win a kingdom. Several selections, such as "Gelert," in which a faithful hound is falsely accused of killing a baby, and "Wee Johnnie's Revenge," a ghost story in which the lad's heartless mother serves him up in an Irish stew, may be too grisly for some listeners, but fine for those who want thrills and poignancy. Gaelic pronunciations at the bottom of pages are a great help. There are no source notes. Well-composed, hauntingly grotesque watercolors edged in ink or pencil heighten the affect of the stories. Modified Celtic knots and jewels illuminate each page and frame the full-page illustrations, thus unifying the book. Overall, good stories, glowingly illustrated and freshly told, but not for the faint of heart.
Helen Gregory, Grosse Pointe Public Library, MI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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