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King Puck
Written & Illustrated by Michael Garland

Set against the backdrop of Ireland's oldest and most unusual fair, King Puck is a jig-reeling, kid-appealing tale of friendship and fun. With affection and skill, the author captures the lushness of the Irish landscape and the cheer of the King Puck festivities. (And don't forget to look for the “good people” hidden throughout the book!) Adapted from an Amazon book description.
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The Selfish Giant
by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde's classic children's tale about how a selfish giant's life is transformed by the arrival of a special child who teaches him about love and friendship.
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Pirate Queen
by Morgan Llewelyn

In the 16th century, Grace O’Malley, also known as Granuaille, was the most feared woman in Ireland, heading a large army and a fleet of ships, trading and raiding and demanding tribute from all who sailed through her territory. A great read for readers age ten and over.
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Everything Irish
by AnnMarie O'Grady

Designed for children ages 4 to 8 yrs, this is a delightful hands-on introduction to Ireland and things Irish. Crafts to make, songs to sing, history to learn, and more!
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Written for children, but so well done, adults will love it too!
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One of a landmark series back in print for a new generation of young readers to collect and cherish.
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Children's Irish Dictionary
by Hippocrene Books

As a total beginner in Irish, this has taught me quite a few words. The illustrations are beautifully done, and best of all, each word is given a rough English spelling of its pronunciation. Edited from an amazon review.
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A lovely collection of well known Irish songs from the turn of the twentieth century. This album was created as a gift to MaryLee's Nana, Rose Burke Duval. The first half are songs well known to grandparents and the second half are original and traditional songs for children.

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Witty as well as caustic, Oscar Wilde was also a master of the fairy-tale. As he once explained, his fairy tales were written partly for children and partly for those who have kept the child-like faculties of wonder and joy. This volume brings together all of his tales from two collections - The Happy Prince and the House of Pomegranates - and contains the evocative illustrations done for the original editions.
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So Early in the Morning:
Irish Children's Songs, Rhymes & Games
by The Clancy Children

This collection of 46 (yes, 46!) Irish children's songs, rhymes and singing games is unique and utterly charming. Collected between 1955 and 1961, mainly from members of the Robert Clancy family of Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, the individual selections are performed by different generations of the same family. Each is presented with such engaging simplicity that listeners will be quickly transported to an Irish kitchen where family members sit around the table singing through the days, weeks and years of their closely interwoven lives. Extensive liner notes supply a cultural context, but the songs-passed from mouth to mouth over the centuries-speak for themselves...as universal and timeless as childhood itself. A 1998 Parents' Choice Gold Award.
Reviewed by Kristi Beavin, Parents' Choice® 1998
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Thu, Apr 13, 2017


Making a May Bush for Beltane

Beltane is on May 1st and it’s a very old celebration to mark the beginning of the summer season. Long ago, children saved the colored shells from their hard-boiled Easter eggs and added them to the decorations for the May Bush which was a small shrub chosen for the honour. It was cut down and placed in front of the house in the days or weeks before Beltane. The children would then decorate it with flowers, ribbons, and Easter egg shells. Candles or rush lights* were attached to the bush and were lighted at dusk. In the cities, the May Bush was made by neighbours and sometimes there were attempts to steal it by folks from other neighbourhoods. It was said that you’d be taking the year's luck from the rightful owners. So, the May Bushes were fiercely guarded until the evening of May Day, when the bush would be cast into the Beltane Bonfire.
*To find out about rush lights, please click Wikipedia.
Photo Credit: RushMi.

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Our Library is compiled from what we know and like. If you can't find what you're looking for read on.
• First: go to Amazon -There's no escaping the fact that they are the largest catalog.
Note: There are multiple Amazons and they do not carry exactly the same items. Any one of the U.S., U.K. and Canada sites may not have the item but another Amazon will. Each site will ship anywhere in the world. Try them all before you give up.
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• Second: Amazon doesn't have it? Try Powells. They are the largest book source in New York and they have a good selection of 'out of print' books. Click here for Powells.
This link brings you to a list of 600 Irish titles; if you're looking for something else, just Search.
• Third: Still can't find It? Alright, try ALibris they are the place for 'books you never thought you'd find'. We've found everything we were after. Click here for ALibris.
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