Celtic fairy tales Retold with an introduction by Neil Philip

Book - 1999

An illustrated collection of twenty stories from many Celtic regions. Stories originated in Ireland, Scotland, Britanny, Wales, Cornwall, and The Isle of Man.

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Fairy tales
Fairy tales Juvenile literature
New York : Viking ©1999.
Physical Description
137 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Middle School.
Other Authors
Neil Philip (-), Isabelle Brent (illustrator)
  • The Battle of the birds / Scotland
  • Fair, brown, and trembling / Ireland
  • The Brown bear of the green glen / Scotland
  • The King of Ireland's son / Ireland
  • The Three blows / Wales
  • Rory the fox / Scotland
  • Lutey and the mermaid / Cornwall
  • Give me a crab, John / Isle of Man
  • The Black bull of Norroway / Scotland
  • Finn MacCool and the Scottish giant / Ireland
  • Duffy and the devil / Cornwall
  • Molly Whuppie / Scotland
  • The Black cat / Brittany
  • The King and the workman's daughter / Scotland
  • The Soul cages / Ireland
  • The Fiddler in the cave / Wales
  • The Well at the world's end / Scotland
  • The Ship that went to America / Scotland
  • The Little bird / Ireland
  • The Tail / Scotland.
Review by Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-8. There's a mix of the almost familiar and nicely exotic in this collection, which is lavishly illustrated with a glowing full-page painting for each tale and Celtic motifs on every page. The 20 stories originate in Cornwall, Brittany, and the Isle of Man, as well as Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The Irish "Fair, Brown, and Trembling" is a twist on the Cinderella story; Cornwall's "Duffy and the Devil" is patterned after Rumpelstiltskin: and "Rory the Fox" from Scotland is in a class with Anansi stories. Some tales are long, with lots of tasks to be performed before good will out; others slip by in a page or two. In "The King and the Workman's Daughter," a young girl saves her Da, outsmarts and marries the king, and then saves herself and her child from the king's rage with the help of a prenuptial agreement. Philip has produced many fine collections of tales from many sources: this adds yet another string to his bow. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Horn Book Review

Making appearances among the twenty Celtic tales gathered in this handsome collection are The Three Blows from Wales, the Scottish Molly Whuppie, the Breton story The Black Cat, and the Cornish Duffy and the Devil. Full of magic and adventure, some of the tales will resonate with readers as variants of Cinderella and other oft-told stories. The elaborately bordered watercolor paintings are saturated with gold and jewel-like colors. From HORN BOOK Fall 2000, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.