Saint Patrick's day is just around the corner, and the grocery stores are fully stocked with Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Guinness Beer. We're making an effort to learn a little more about Irish culture this year with the kids, and one great way to do that is by reading traditional stories.
Tales from Old Ireland has seven traditional stories, beautifully illustrated in one volume. Each of the stories is also read aloud on a CD that you can listen to at home or (as we do) in the car. The stories are fairly long, and though the book is illustrated, it's print-heavy making it best suited for kids who are already listening to or reading chapter books.
Though they're told in pragmatic language, the stories themselves have a mystical quality that most modern stories do not. Witches can turn you into a goose or banish you from the kingdom if it suits their needs. A cloak of darkness can give a domestic servant magical powers. All the scary elements of a traditional tale are here, and yet somehow my kids were fascinated with them though most movies make them cover their eyes in fear at some point. Still, I'd say these stories are too intense for most kids under age 4, and parents might want to wait until age 5 or 6 before introducing them.
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Tales from Old Ireland was given to me by the publisher, Barefoot Books to review. Because the total value of the books given to me for review exceeded $40 I have donated them to my childrens' school library. If you buy the book using the Amazon link at the end of the post, I earn a small commission, and that income helps me keep the site going.