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Friday, March 13
Friday Finds - Happy St. Patricks Day
In honor of St. Patricks Day, this Friday's Find spotlights my favorite Irish tales. The classic for me is Tales from Old Ireland. This enchanting collection of favorite 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.
My favorite story from this anthology is The Twelve Wild Geese. This is a classic folktale that has been retold in many formats. The Grimm Brothers wrote a version called the Six Swans.
The second selection is Tales from Celtic Lands. Formerly, Celtic Memories, this re-release of joyous stories, songs and values of the Celtic peoples create an irresistible magic both for descendants of the Celts and individuals from other traditions around the world. Thoughtfully compiled and magically retold by renowned author Caitlín Matthews, these stories and blessings offer a spellbinding journey through the Celtic world. A beautiful anthology for young and old from the same partnership that produced the best-selling The Barefoot Book of Princesses, Celtic Tales is an ideal introduction to Celtic tradition, and the lavish illustrations make this a book to treasure for life before passing through the generations