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The Story of Ireland Paperback – 15 Mar 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (15 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858818494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858818498
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,071,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A history of Ireland in picture book form

About the Author

SALES POINTS * There is no comparable history of Ireland for primary school age children * Richard Brassey has a great sales record * Subject treated with authority and sensitivity

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Format: Paperback
I came across this book in a cafe in County Donegal and devoured it (the book that is ... not the cafe) in a quarter of an hour. We went back the next day and one of my daughters (aged 11) then devoured it too. There are only minor factual quibbles, and the history of Ireland from the year dot to the present is presented in a very entertaining and much abbreviated - but essentially accurate - way. No axes can be heard grinding (not easy when dealing with this subject) and nobody would feel either offended or short changed.
This is presented as a children's book, but adults might benefit from reading it too!
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Format: Hardcover
...from Richard Brassey and Stewart Ross.

This review is from the 2001 Hardcover/Orion Children's Books/TED SMART (The Book People) edition.

From the back cover:

'Bright and funny pictures, witty captions, and a lively, succinct text tell the story of Ireland from the Stone Age to the present day. A great introduction to Ireland, presented in a way that's both fascinating and fun to read.

The Story of Scotland by Richard Brassey & Stewart Ross won the Saltire Society/TES Award for Educational Publications and the Scottish Arts Council Children's Book Award.'

'....From the 790s hordes of plundering Vikings arrived. Later they came to settle, and their bases - Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Wexford - grew into the first towns.
They also introduced money!'

Durable board covers open to 32 high quality pages written in a child-appealing way, aimed to make history much more fun.

Colourful illustrations and cartoons throughout, interspersed with facts and `Irish Icon' boxes, e.g.:

The tomb of Newgrange is a prehistoric mathematical wonder. The rising sun's rays reach the inner chamber only once a year, on the shortest day.

Skellig Michael
The monks who lived in beehive-shaped huts, perched high on Skellig rock in the stormy Atlantic, chose a hard, lonely life of prayer and fasting.

Arthur Guinness established his famous brewery in 1759.
It did so well his grandson was able to restore Dublin's 'St Patrick's Cathedral', out of his own pocket....'

Inside cover pages have 2-page spread maps:

one of 'Ireland Before 1500', at the front
one of 'Ireland After 1500', bringing this super book to a close.
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Format: Paperback
"The Story of Ireland" by Richard Brassey and Stewart Ross is told between two maps of Ireland, the first of Ireland before 1500 and the other of Ireland after 1500. It starts, in the grand tradition of Michener, millions of years ago when Ireland was part of the huge super-continent Panagae. But then we have a whirlwind tour through Irish history, which includes Noah's grandson making up Gaelic from the best bits of all the languages created when the Tower of Babel fell, Irish icons like the Limerick Treaty Stone and Guiness beer, and the Great Famine. The information comes fast and furious, aided and abetted by funny pictures and witty captions, so that the result is a book that is more informative and entertaining. This is a book that can tell you how to become an English lord and identify all of the architectural sites in Dublin. If you can claim Irish descent, like one third of American presidents, then your children will probably enjoy this book more than if they are simply assigned to find out about the Emerald Isle for a school report. Brassey and Ross have also done "The Story of Scotland," and I would expect to see "The Story of Wales" from them before they get around to "The Story of England." Just a guess on my part, but I have my reasons.
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