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Irish Fairy Tales (Wordsworth Children's Classics)
by Joseph Jacobs | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingDelphi_Readerwing of Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on 4/21/2017
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by wingDelphi_Readerwing from Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Friday, April 21, 2017

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"Illustrated by John D. Batten. Stories selected by Jennifer Chandler, The Folklore Society.
The captivating Irish stories collected in this (2001) edition include both comic tales such as Paddy O'Kelly and the Weasel, and tales of heroes from ancient literature such as How Cormac Mac Art went to Faery.
By turns funny, fantastical and mysterious, the stories are matched in liveliness by the original illustrations of John D. Batten. It would be hard to find a better introduction for children to the special magic of Celtic storytelling. The stories in this book are taken from Joseph Jacob's classic two-volume collection Celtic Fairy Tales (1891-2) and More Celtic Fairy Tales (1894)"

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Journal Entry 2 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

7 out of 10

I enjoyed this collection of Irish tales, although to be honest I've read most of them on various other editions and versions. As this is a children's book, I think that some myths lost their charm here a bit, because the editor had to shrink them and to retell them cutting out some crucial details that might be unappropriate for a younger audience. The children of Lir or the Deidre's stories come to mind immediately on that aspect.

I found the language/writting style used on some stories better than on others, but this is a common issue on this kind of books. When someone tries to narrate a collection of stories based on an other book of collected stories which is based on an other collection or various authors and sources who might have their own different sources on, the result is that writting style from story to story varies and the book might miss on pace and sometimes feels disjointed.

That said, it was interesting to read this book and compare the versions of some stories to the versions I was aware of. Mythology and folklore can be quite complicated, featuring many different variations of the same story or whole circle of myths which makes separating and narrating one specific myth difficult without analysing the background and linked stories. But this is the charm of it too.

Trying to judge this book without comparing to other works and collections and assuming someone is not very familiar with Irish fairy tales, I think it's a good recommendation for adults who are interested on the subject.
As a children's book, I think some stories might be easier than others due to subject, writting style and plot development, but of course this depends on the specific child too. Still a good introduction to Irish myths, legends and especially fairy tales.


Journal Entry 3 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at By Mail, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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Released 8 mos ago (10/3/2017 UTC) at By Mail, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases


It's about time for this cute little book to start travelling, see new places and make new friends, so I now send it to Kilburn in UK for starters. And then...who knows?

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Journal Entry 4 by wingmrsmontaguewing at Kilburn, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Thank you for sending me some books all the way from Greece! :) 

Journal Entry 5 by wingmrsmontaguewing at Horsley Book Exchange Phonebox in Horsley, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Released 8 mos ago (10/15/2017 UTC) at Horsley Book Exchange Phonebox in Horsley, Derbyshire United Kingdom


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