Bedtime Stories: Incredible Irish Tales from the Past
You may think you have a good grip on the unusual historical moments and happenings in Irish history, but I’m willing to bet this book will prove you wrong! Rachel Pierce’s collection of bedtime stories based on Irish history is a complete joy and surprise from start to finish, with sixteen amazing tales through time - many of which I had never heard of before. A collection that has it all; stolen hearts and record breaking ships, groundbreaking women and a series of explosions, there is even a story that will change the way you look at the humble pigeon.
Lovingly curated, each story is accompanied by images from a team of fantastic illustrators that succeed in bringing their own flare to the collection, while managing to compliment the storytelling style perfectly. Included here also is a gorgeous contribution from young author Lola-Mae McCormack, who won a competition with Children’s Books Ireland. Her story, The Last Pingin, captures an unusual moment of change in Irish history.
This treasure trove of a collection feels very nostalgic, with a use of language and turn of phrase that naturally lends itself to being read aloud. Each story ends with an ‘Explore the Story’ short series of facts that encourage the reader to engage further by visiting museums or historical sites.
Perfect for the classroom, or, as intended, just before bed, these stories will be enjoyed by readers aged 7 years upwards who love a story steeped in Ireland’s ancient and recent past.