Between worlds Folktales of Britain & Ireland

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Book - 2019

"The definitive collection of British and Irish folktales from master storyteller and poet Kevin Crossley-Holland. Rich and strange, these eerie and magical folktales from across Britain and Ireland have been passed down from generation to generation, and are gathered together in a definitive new collection from the master storyteller and winner of the Carnegie Medal, Kevin Crossley-Holland. Dark and funny, lyrical and earthy, these fifty stories are part of an important and enduring histor...ical tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Described by Neil Gaiman as the "master", Crossley-Holland's unforgettable retellings will capture the imagination of readers young and old alike." --

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Folk tales
Short stories
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2019.
First U.S. edition
Item Description
"First published in 1987 as British Folk Tales by Orchard Books"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
341 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (page 318-337).
Main Author
Kevin Crossley-Holland (author)
Other Authors
Frances Castle, 1966- (illustrator)
Review by PW Annex Reviews

Retold by Carnegie Medal Crossley-Holland (Norse Myths), this collection of 48 British and Irish folktales presents both familiar and obscure tales in rich, vivid prose. In his afterword, Crossley-Holland writes that his intent was to "reclothe" stories he'd heard since childhood "in clean, bright, direct language," with a specific audience in mind: his grandchildren. Many of the selections are short enough for a read-aloud at bedtime or in a classroom. Most contain just the right amount of creepy detail or eerie magic. In "King of the Cats," nine black felines parade down a path carrying a coffin draped in black velvet. In a "Cinderella" variant, "Three Heads in a Well," an exiled princess is rewarded for her kindness after she cares for a trio of decapitated heads she encounters in the wood. Usefully divided into categories, such as "Magic and Wonder" and "Tricksters and Fools," all the usual otherworldly suspects appear, including: fairies, boggarts, ghosts, changelings, and giants. Silhouette-style, black-and-white illustrations from Castle (illustrator of Space Saver) reinforce the spooky, fantastical mood, and scholars will appreciate the endnotes identifying each story's sources. Ages 10–up. (Oct.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A collection of 48 classic folktales from England and Ireland celebrates the enduring power of language, imagination and culture, in a volume that includes the story of a dauntless farm girl whose courage earns her a surprising reward. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Ancient, rich, and strange, these magical and eerie tales from across Britain and Ireland have been passed down from generation to generation.A handsome, cocky young man is swept up by a dark horseman and cast into a life-or-death adventure. A pair of green children emerge from a remote hollow and struggle to adapt to a strange new land. A dauntless farm girl finds that her fearlessness earns her a surprising reward. Dark but often funny, lyrical yet earthy, the folktales presented here have influenced our landscape and culture. This definitive collection of forty-eight stories, retold by master storyteller and poet Kevin Crossley-Holland, opens a doorway to a lost world and shows the enduring power of language and imagination.