Books for kids...

Wolfish Stew by Erica Salcedo (Bloomsbury, €8.90)
“There was once a rabbit whose name was Grey and he went to the woods to pick berries one day.”

 

This enigmatic beginning will instantly capture the young reader as Rabbit sets out on his way through the forest, remembering to stick to the trail. 

But there is one horrid, bushy-tailed beast out there waiting to pounce.

Simple rhymes and colourful illustrations will attract the young reader. Suitable for age four and upwards.

Irish Legends — Newgrange, Tara and the Boyne Valley by Eithne Massey (O’Brien, €12.99 HB)

This latest collection of legends has many sparkling stories. How ‘The Boyne Was Born’ sees Princess Boann disobeying just about everybody who warned her to stay away from The Well of Wisdom.

But, accompanied by her dog, Dabilla, she reaches the well and, ignoring his frantic barking, removes the wooden covering. 

This releases a torrent of water which sweeps her and Darbilla along past the horrified onlookers in her castle.

Soon danger turns to exhileration as she nears the sea, now filled with centuries old knowledge. 

She becomes the goddess of the Boyne river , while Dabilla becomes a rock on the seashore.

In ‘How Áengus Tricked The Dagda’, Boann reappears to help her son Áengus acquire some territory from her husband Dagda. Áengus has to use his wit to claim his birthright.

Beautiful stories in which the legendary characters appear and reappear. 

The excellent illustrations by Lisa Jackson make this a book for keeps. Suitable for age eight and upwards.

A Beginner’s Guide to Electricity and Magnetism by Gill Arbuthnott (Bloomsbury, €11.40) 

Following a well-established format, Arbuthnott takes us through atoms, static electricity, electric and magnetic charges, to compasses and MRI scans. 

Readers are encouraged to experiment, in complete safety, with the construction of magnets, fruit batteries and electronic quiz boards. 

Interesting and creative. Suitable for age eight.


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