Irish Myths & Legends
In this beautiful collection Ita Daly retells favourite stories at the heart of Irish storytelling tradition. Read about King Balor and his evil eye that kills enemies at a glance - can brave young warrior Lugh of the Long Arm save the day? What will happen to the children of Lir turned into swans by their jealous stepmother? Find out what is in store for wicked Cuchulainn and his magic knife. Here are ten thrilling adventures of heroes and princesses, fairies and leprechauns - stories of love, revenge, magic, and glory, all evocatively illustrated in colour by Bee Willey.
- Paperback | 96 pages
- 188 x 252 x 8mm | 340.2g
- 01 Jan 2015
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- In full colour
Here are stories of magic and enchantment, full of kings, fairies, and heroes. You'll meet the savage and merciless King Balor who had only one eye and that eye was so powerful that one glance from it could kill an enemy.And then there's the story about the Children of Lir who were turned into beautiful white swans. And Deirdre who lived deep in an oak forest and who ran away rather than marry the king. And you won't forget the King of the Leprechauns, Cuchulainn with his magic knife, and King Fergus and the terrible River Monster.Many of these stories were told to the author as a child by her mother, who in turn would have learned them from her mother, and so on, down through the ages.
The charming illustrations are very colourful and rather quirky. Ita Daly tells these stories with flair and includes some lesser known stories among the usual standard ones. * Irish Post * Readers who pick up this collection of retellings by Ita Daly will find themselves enchanted by her light touch, which at the same time tunnels to the heart of these tales of joy, sorrow and magic. * Children's Books in Ireland *
Back cover copy
Here are stories of magic and enchantment, full of kings, fairies, and heroes. You'll meet the Children of Lir who were turned into beautiful white swans, Deirdre who ran away rather than marry the king, and the savage and merciless King Balor and his Evil Eye.
About Ita Daly
Ita Daly is a children's author and a two-time winner of the Hennessy Literary Award. Other children's books include Candy on the Dart (Poolbeg Press), Candy and Sharon: Ole (Poolbeg Press). Bee Willey is an illutstrator shortlisted for the 2003 Kate Greenaway Award for Bob Robber and Dancing Jane by Andrew Matthews (Red Fox). Other books include 100 World Myths and Legends, by Geraldine McCaughrean (Orion), Michael Rosen's ABC (Millbrook Press), and The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean (Lion Publishing).