Tales from Old Ireland (Book & CD)

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This enchanting collection of favourite Irish folk tales deserves to be read aloud at every hearth. Described by Malachy Doyle in captivating language, the larger-than-life characters, dramatic landscapes, and magical happenings of all the tales, including the famous legend of the bewitched Children of Lir, are also brought vividly to life by the luminous art of Niamh Sharkey, making this a book that will transport readers to another world for many happy hours.

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'A very lively retelling of seven traditional Irish stories accompanied by striking stylised artwork from Niamh Sharkey (winner of the Mother Goose Award) - The Bookseller --The Bookseller. This comic, tender collection of tales from the oral tradition will give adults as much pleasure to read aloud as it will give children to hear. Doyle has a lively prose style full of wonderfully idiomatic dialogue... Sharkey's palette of autumnal colours is exceptionally rich and luminous. - The Sunday Times --The Sunday Times. 'Pure magic spills from every page of Malachy Doyle's Tales from Old Ireland. The seven spellbinding myths and legends gathered here provide a panorama of Celtic culture and traditions in a landscape peopled with fairies, witches and other supernatural creatures. The prose - rich in rhyme, rhythm and imagery- is perfect for reading aloud. Niamh Sharkey's richly expressionistic pictures are the perfect compliment.' -Junior Education --Junior Education. This comic, tender collection of tales from the oral tradition will give adults as much pleasure to read aloud as it will give children to hear. Doyle has a lively prose style full of wonderfully idiomatic dialogue... Sharkey's palette of autumnal colours is exceptionally rich and luminous. - The Sunday Times --The Sunday Times. 'Pure magic spills from every page of Malachy Doyle's Tales from Old Ireland. The seven spellbinding myths and legends gathered here provide a panorama of Celtic culture and traditions in a landscape peopled with fairies, witches and other supernatural creatures. The prose - rich in rhyme, rhythm and imagery- is perfect for reading aloud. Niamh Sharkey's richly expressionistic pictures are the perfect compliment.' -Junior Education --Junior Education

This comic, tender collection of tales from the oral tradition will give adults as much pleasure to read aloud as it will give children to hear. Doyle has a lively prose style full of wonderfully idiomatic dialogue... Sharkey's palette of autumnal colours is exceptionally rich and luminous. - The Sunday Times --The Sunday Times

'Pure magic spills from every page of Malachy Doyle's Tales from Old Ireland. The seven spellbinding myths and legends gathered here provide a panorama of Celtic culture and traditions in a landscape peopled with fairies, witches and other supernatural creatures. The prose - rich in rhyme, rhythm and imagery- is perfect for reading aloud. Niamh Sharkey's richly expressionistic pictures are the perfect compliment.' -Junior Education --Junior Education

About the Author:

Malachy Doyle began his career as a children's writer in 1996 and was met with immediate success, having thirteen books accepted for publication within the year. He has also written The Barefoot Book of Fairy Tales for Barefoot Books, published in Autumn 2005. Malachy lives in Wales with his wife and three daughters. Niamh Sharkey, an award-winning Irish illustrator, graduated from the College of Marketing and Design, Ireland, in 1994 with First Class Honours. She works in oils on a gessoed textured background to create the richness in colour that has already established her as a world class illustrator. Niamh has illustrated a number of best-selling titles at Barefoot Books: Jack and the Beanstalk + CD, The Gigantic Turnip + CD and Tales of Wisdom and Wonder. Maura was born and raised in County Clare, Ireland, where she began singing at an early age. She now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, the heart of country and bluegrass music, and regularly tours North America and Ireland with her unique blend of contemporary folk music. Maura was nominated for a Grammy in 1990.

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