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A magnificent and masterful collection of fifty rich and magical folktales from across Britain and Ireland.Crossley Holland s lyrical and concise writing have given these tales, many of which I d never heard of, a refreshing new life, and have been beautifully reimagined and retold for a generation of new readers both young and old.Whilst at times dark and eerie, and then funny and wild, no two tales are the same, and accompanied with earthly illustrations from Frances Castle, Between Worlds, makes for perfect bedtime reading. If you are looking for a step back in time, and a cannot put this book down then you need to check this one out I LOVED it There are some great tales and stories, and each one takes you down a different path It was amazing.As a history teacher, I loved reading this, as I can recommend this book to my students I will be blasting this one on social media to as the must read book for Fall Thank you to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for an ARC copy of this book for a unbiased review All views are strictly my own. The Definitive Collection Of British And Irish Folktales From Master Storyteller And Poet Kevin Crossley HollandRich 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 Historical 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 There s a reason the Brothers Grimm fairy tales are widely spread and these ones aren t, and it s not just better marketing Kevin Crossley Holland has done a remarkably good job of bringing all of these 50 tales together with incredible illustrations and a unique spin, but despite claims that these are timeless tales I m not sure they really are Most of the stories contained within this anthology are very short, often with a key message or motto as per folklore tradition and some are perhaps not strictly British or Irish in origin but the new take on them makes them so The whimsical and often dark retelling of each tale makes them compelling and easier to consume in bite size chunks which is perfect for a collection of this nature Something is definitely lacking from many of them though charm The thing about fairytales is that you really need to live in them for a long enough time that you become invested in what happens and to really care about the message being spread This isn t to say short fairytales can t work, of course they can, but they need a certain degree of charm to make them likeable, memorable and to maintain that eerie or whimsical feel intended by them Very few of these had that feel to them, few left a lasting impression and most ended on a bizarre note I do really like the simple nature of the stories They are low key, whimsical and have straight forward plots to follow which prevents the message from being lost for the most part With that said, the simplicity of the stories does again prevent a connection forming between the reader and the world or characters, but I liked that it allowed for a lot of different stories to be told in a way that would be accessible for most readers across varying degrees of education or reading ability For English readers these stories will have a little nostalgia or appeal because many of them feature recognisable places from even some of our smaller towns and cities this added real heart to some of the tales and I love that this will be unique to whoever you are and wherever you ve been it s a unique reading experience personalised to everyone The latter portion of the book details how some of these stories were sourced which was a great component to include alongside a glossary of terms and how to pronounce them Unfortunately this was probably enjoyable than the stories themselves and despite a few moments of resonance this missed the mark too often for me to consider it enjoyable.ARC provided free from Walker Books in exchange for an honest review. I received an advance galley of this book through NetGalley.The author, Kevin Crossley Holland, mentions at the end that his intent with this collection was to take old tales and reclothe them in clean, bright, direct language He succeeded The collection flows between England and Ireland and all around the isles, and includes tales unfamiliar and familiar His takes are entertaining and feature men and women and fairies and specters The end of the book was a special delight for a research geek like me he cites his sources and mentions the specific classic stories he drew from and why and how he changed them The original stories were published throughout the 19th century and into the very early 20th This would be a great book to read aloud to children, but as an adult I found it to be quite enjoyable. I received an ARC of this book thanks to Net Galley and publisher Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review.This book was everything I hoped for and It is essentially a collection of very readable fairy folktales, most of which I hadn t heard of before and I thoroughly enjoyed They are told in such a way that both children and adults can appreciate them and they all run a really good length so you can binge several of them at once I can t really say much about this collection If you enjoy reading fairy folktales, this is a brilliant way to get to know some of the less common ones I am British but haven t read much about Irish folktales before so this collection was very fresh to me The writing style is typical of those found in folktale collections and I would recommend checking this one out if you have an interest in the subject matter.Overall Rating 4 5 Forty eight folk and fairy tales from Britain and Ireland some you ve heard before, most will be new to you The tales are organized by Magic and Wonder Adventures and Legends Power, Passion, and Love Wits, Tricks, and Laughter and Ghosts This is a wonderful tome for your fantasy and fairy folk tale collections especially, if, like me, you love having a collection of tales from all over the world Some are short enough to read aloud, others are longer and invite readers to sit down, have a nice cup of hot chocolate, and imagine a storyteller leading you back through time for stories about fairy rings, boggarts, and changelings Frances Castle s stark black and white illustrations set a mood for each story and each section An afterword on Why Everyone Needs to Be Able to Tell a Story is told as a final folktale, infusing the entire volume with a bit of magic Comprehensive source notes identify each story s source s and original titles, if any. I received this book via LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchanged for an honest review.Created to entertain one night and retold over the years then centuries, folktales came down to the early modern times in oral form before being written down before they were lost forever Between Worlds Folktales of Britain and Ireland by Kevin Crossley Holland is collection of nearly 50 tales that cover a variety of fantastical territory Amongst the titles that I personally liked The Dead Moon , Fair Gruagach , Mossycoat , and The Dauntless Girl while the entire section entitled Wits, Tricks, and Laughter was a waste While the primary audience is for middle school children, as an adult I did have a nice time reading the book overall though there were some stretches where I was just making it through several stories until a decent one came up. Originally posted on A Frolic Through Fiction Rated 3.5 5 starsDoes Britain have its own set of folk and fairy tales We hear so much about the German classics, made famous by the Brothers Grimm But believe it or not, they do exist, and Kevin Crossley Holland has brought them into our modern day Covering many different stories split into sections such as love, little people and ghosts, Kevin Crossley Holland retells the folktales in a simplistic but lowkey whimsical way While the simple style doesn t distract away from the story, it doesn t do much to enhance it either though the simplistic style usually stems from the time when folktales were told orally, and I m glad to see Crossley Holland didn t try to change the stories and claim them as his own In fact, one of the parts I found most interesting about the book was the list of sources for each story in the back Something about knowing where the stories came from added an air of magic to them though that s probably just my love of history coming through.Speaking of where the stories came from though, I loved loved loved recognising some of the cities and towns mentioned in the stories I d read a folktale set on a bridge in Nottingham and thinkI ve been on that bridgeand get excited over my next visit, knowing the story will spring to mind Folktales generally hold a nostalgic feel to me anyway, but bringing them closer to home in a collection like this really added to the reading experience.It was strange though, how many of the tales were recognisable Not because I d heard them before in fact, there were only a couple I had heard of before this collection, hence my excitement towards reading it and discovering new folktales No, it felt strange because Britain or rather, England basically stole some of the well known stories The most obvious of the lot was the clear anglicised versions of Cinderella and Rumplestiltskin Now I m not really presenting this as an outright criticism of the book, as Kevin Crossley Holland just retold the folktales as they came And he does acknowledge the original fairy tale in the obviously copied stories But it did thrown me off slightly, reading these stories under the name of a British or Irish folktale knowing full well it s been taken from another culture Of course, every story is inspired by something, so similarities won t be hard to come by But these were straight up replicas, just with a few name changes It felt odd.Of course, as with any collection of short stories, my interest dipped and peaked at random depending on the story I was currently reading I d have been amazed if my interest remained high throughout, really But as always, the length of the stories meant I could flip through them in rapid succession, keeping me motivated to continue even when the current story was just not to my taste.That being said, I did still really enjoy reading them My favourite sections without a doubt were the sections on love and ghosts Those two genres of storytelling just feel so traditionally whimsical to me, and so discovering old stories of the sort fascinated me to no end Accompanied by silhouette style illustrations too, it really was a lovely experience flipping through the pages I can imagine this being a sweet gift for those with a fanciful mind, an easy but fascinating read to curl up with in these winter months Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book This in no way affects my opinion. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read early for an honest review.This book has a wide range of stories separated by subject adventure, love, ghosts, fairies, etc The stories themselves were pretty short and good for reading as bedtime stories or as a group But there weren t any that would stay with me after I ve finished.