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Irish Folk and Fairy Tales - May 2007

Selected and annotated by Michele Lynch


Climo, Shirley. The Irish Cinderlad ; illus. by Loretta Krupinski. Harper Collins, 1996. Gr. K-4.
A lad named Becan defeats a giant and rescues a princess, but before the princess has an opportunity to thank him he is taken away by his mother.

Bateman, Teresa. Fiona’s Luck; illus. by Kelly Murphy. Charlesbridge, 2007. 6-9yrs.
There was much luck to be had in Ireland and anyone could get it. However, much of it has been used by the people arriving in Ireland, so the leprechaun king decides to take what is left of the luck and lock it away. With her clever tricks Fiona will now try to set the luck free once again.

Behan, Brendan. The King of Ireland’s Son; illus. by P.J. Lynch, Orchard Books, 1996. Gr. 1 and up.
The king sends his son out on a challenge to find the source of the music that can be heard throughout the kingdom and along the way encounters many surprises.

Byrd, Robert. Finn MacCoul and His Fearless Wife: A Giant of a Tale from Ireland ; illus. by Robert Byrd, Dutton Children’s Books, 1999. 5-9yrs.
Giant Finn MacCoul finds himself in trouble when Cucullin, a fearful and stronger giant threatens him with a fight, but Finn’s wife Oonagh comes up with a clever plan to help her husband.

Daly, Jude. Fair, Brown and Trembling: An Irish Cinderella story. Illus. by Jude Daly. Farrar, Straus& Giroux, 2000. 3-7yrs.
While her two sisters go to church Trembling is left at home and told to do housework. However, she is only kept at home because she is beautiful and her sisters do not want competition. A henwife then appears with a white gown for Trembling to wear and a horse for her to ride to church where she then gains the attention of every prince.

Mcneil, Heather. The Celtic Breeze: Stories of the Otherworld from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Illus. by Chien Eriksen, Libraries Unlimited, 2001. Ages 10- adult.
A compilation of fairy and folk tales of Scotland, Ireland, and Whales, some of which are also songs

Milligan, Bryce. The Prince of Ireland and the Three Magic Stallions; illus. by Preston McDaniels, Holiday House Books, 2003. 6-10yrs.
The king of Ireland ’s eldest son is heir to the throne, but does not enjoy a carefree life. His stepmother the queen will not be happy unless she secures the throne for her twin sons and before long the queen and the prince are involved in a dangerous game.

Krull, Kathleen. A Pot O’ Gold: A Treasury of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore, and (of Course) Blarney. Illus. by David Mcphail. Hyperion, 2004. 7-10yrs.
An anthology of stories and poems from Ireland.

Walker, Robert Paul. Little Folk: stories From Around The World. Illus. by James Bernardin. Harcoourt, 1997. 8-12yrs.
Eight stores about “little folk” such as fairies, dwarfs, pixes, and hobgoblins which are told from a variety of sources and cultures.

Shute, Linda. Clever Tom and the Leprechaun; Illus. by Linda Shute. Lothrop, 1988. 5-7yrs.
Tom meets a leprechaun and has a plan for getting the leprechaun’s treasure. However, the leprechaun has a trick or two to try to stop Tom from getting his treasure.

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