The Children Of Lir

The Children Of Lir A haunting Irish legend believed by some to be the basis for King Lear A king s jealous wife puts a spell on his children changing them into swan s until such time as the Man from the North and the

  • Title: The Children Of Lir
  • Author: Sheila MacGill-Callahan Gennady Spirin
  • ISBN: 9781857140453
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A haunting Irish legend, believed by some to be the basis for King Lear A king s jealous wife puts a spell on his children, changing them into swan s, until such time as the Man from the North and the Woman from the South two mountain peaks are joined together Watercolor illustrations.

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    1. If one is not familiar with the traditional Irish myth/legend of The Fate of the Children of Lir, one might be able to enjoy Sheila MacGill-Callahan's loose and much altered retelling without any reservations. Both the presented narrative and Gennady Spirin's accompanying illustrations are indeed rather charming, evocative of love, jealousy, sadness, adventure (combined with a typical, but rather clever happily-ever-after fairytale ending). However (and this is indeed a very heavy and frustrated [...]

    2. This is an entertaining story, although after reading several reviews here on , I understand that this book doesn't follow the original tale. Still, it was an interesting variation and we liked Gennady Spirin'a illustrations. Overall, we thought it was an engaging tale and we enjoyed reading it together. This book was selected as one of the books for the March 2014 - Ireland discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at .

    3. This is a re-telling of the eponymous Irish legend with illustrations by Gennady Spirin. I quite liked MacGill-Callahan's re-working and happier ending and found her cadences good for reading aloud. I loved Spirin's palette of moss-greens and browns that seemed to reflect the forests, streams, and seas of long ago and far away Ireland.

    4. I always loved this tale of children turned into swans. I wonder why the swan was chosen as the bird to change them into? There's another fairy tale where a girl's brothers are all turned into swans, and she's able to break the spell for all except one brother, who is left with a boy's body but the wing of a swan.

    5. The Children of Lir (1993). Written by Sheila MacGill-Callahan. Illustrated by Gennady Spirin. Motif: Evil Stepmother. This book is loosely based on an Irish folktale that tells the story of a king named Lir who has four children, a set of twin boys and twin girls. After the death of the queen, King Lir marries her sister. Unbeknownst to the royal family, the new queen has evil intentions. The evil stepmother casts a spell upon the children, turning them into swans. She swears to children that t [...]

    6. An Irish fairy tale Retelling. Lir, the king of Ireland has four children, twin boys and twin girls. His wife dies in childbirth so he marries her sister, who turns out to be an evil witch. The witch queen, jealous of the children, turns them into swans. The children must work with a variety of wild animals to lift their curse adn get rid of the evil queen. This is an interesting fairy tale. The pictures are complex and a little in the style of late European medieval paintings. There is little w [...]

    7. Summary: The Children of Lir is a classic Irish version of the swan story: a king has four children, his wife dies, he remarries, his new wife is jealous and transforms the children into swans, animals befriend the children/swans, and eventually the spell is broken and the queen is forced to leave.I love this story because it shows some of the Irish heritage in its story and it is beautifully crafted with the story meshing perfectly with the gorgeous pictures in the book. I intend to buy this bo [...]

    8. This is a picture book of the Irish myth of the Children of Lir. As the story goes, a King Lir's jealous second wife, Aoife, changes his four children into swans who are destined to perish through her devilish scheming. Unfortunately for her, the children outsmart her and work with their animal friends to survive and live once again with their father.The illustrations are beautiful and the story is captivating, although dark for very young children.

    9. I've been looking at a few versions of this tale. This one is very loosely based on the old tale, and that's fine - it's a good enough story. Unfortunately I don't like the illustrations - the book doesn't seem to know whether to have a quaint look, as in an old text, or whether to have very busy full-page pictures. Also, I quite dislike the people's faces.

    10. Gennady Spirin is another great children's illustrator, injecting an old-world attention to detail, yet with a soft, dreamy quality. He's illustrated many famous titles and I hope to collect them all--for the kids, of course. Oh yeah, this Irish fairy tale is lovely as well.

    11. When I read the beginning of this story,I thought maybe I have read it in Chinese version in my childhood.But I was wrong.That story I have read is about a girl trying to save her brothers who turned into swans.

    12. Love the illustrations. I have never heard this variation before. Some interesting possibilities for storytelling. Good for reading one on one with a child.

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