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Rónán and the mermaid : a tale of old Ireland

Author: Marianne McShane; Jordi Solano
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : English : First edition
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An Irish storyteller revisits the little-known legend of the Mermaid Saint in a haunting, beautifully illustrated tale of kindness, music, and longing. Long ago, on the eastern coast of Ireland, a monk from the Abbey of Bangor was collecting driftwood along the wave-tossed shore when he found a boy washed up amid a circle of seals. At first the boy, wrapped in a shawl of woven seagrass, could barely move or speak.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Picture books
Children's stories
Fiction
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marianne McShane; Jordi Solano
ISBN: 9781536200225 1536200220
OCLC Number: 1164093777
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Responsibility: Marianne McShane ; illustrated by Jordi Solano.

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An Irish storyteller revisits the little-known legend of the Mermaid Saint in a haunting, beautifully illustrated tale of kindness, music, and longing. Long ago, on the eastern coast of Ireland, a monk from the Abbey of Bangor was collecting driftwood along the wave-tossed shore when he found a boy washed up amid a circle of seals. At first the boy, wrapped in a shawl of woven seagrass, could barely move or speak. But when he regained his strength, he recalled being brought ashore by a lady with long golden hair who sang him to safety and gave him a silver ring. The monks knew the legend of a mermaid who had wandered the coast for three hundred years. Could it possibly have been her? Inspired by a story told in medieval chronicles of Irish history about a wondrous happening in the year 558, debut author Marianne McShane weaves a captivating tale, while Jordi Solano captures the legend's spare but welcoming abbey on the rocky shore -- a setting that makes you believe that if you listen hard enough, you too can hear the mermaid's song." --Publisher's website.

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