The 3 stories all have good to very good elements and will satisfy a seven or eight year old as a read aloud. Stories have neither the vocabulary nor grammar for independent reading by a first or second grader and I believe the author must have intended read aloud to be the understanding of the title. The first story has three elements (1) a modern girl; (2) an Irish harp; and (3) an Arabian Nights style adventure. The connection between these elements is very tenuous. The set up of the relationship between Shannon and her magical harp is by far the nicest part of the book. But she does not bring the harp with her on her adventure and it has no role in the solution to the conflict. I had hoped that the harp was to be like the good fairy in Pinocchio or the Psammead in The Five Children and It, a frame for a series of adventures, and the story does have potential to be developed that way. I would encourage Ms. McGrath to do so. But here the two plots smushed together with little reason. The second story is a little engine that could story about a robin, well written and pleasant for a seven year old, easy to follow. The final tale about a Chinese dragon transported to modern Great Britain could be confusing to a second grader. I was a little confused about how the dragon arrived in London. The ethhnic Chinese characters were asian stereotypical. The second generation Chinese Britishers are portrayed as culturally ignorant restaurant drones. I was left wondering how much Ms. McGrath knew about Chinese culture regarding dragons.