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Selkies, wyverns, witches, and giants. Perilous quests, true love, and animals that talk. The traditional stories of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales transport us to the fantastical world of Celtic folklore. These timeless tales brim with wit and magic, and each on is brought to life with elegant silhouette art in this special illustrated edition.


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Selkies, wyverns, witches, and giants. Perilous quests, true love, and animals that talk. The traditional stories of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales transport us to the fantastical world of Celtic folklore. These timeless tales brim with wit and magic, and each on is brought to life with elegant silhouette art in this special illustrated edition.

30 review for Celtic Tales: Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchantment from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales (Irish Books, Mythology Books, Adult Fairy Tales, Celtic Gifts)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine Spoors

    I am so glad I spotted this book in the Scottish books section in Waterstones! I loved reading these Celtic tales, especially the tales from Brittany and Wales as I hadn't read any of those before. Some of the tales from Scotland and Ireland I had read previously, but it was nice to read them in a book. The book was split into sections with tales about tricksters, the sea, quests and romance. The stories about the sea and romance were definitely my favourites although I enjoyed them all. I can't I am so glad I spotted this book in the Scottish books section in Waterstones! I loved reading these Celtic tales, especially the tales from Brittany and Wales as I hadn't read any of those before. Some of the tales from Scotland and Ireland I had read previously, but it was nice to read them in a book. The book was split into sections with tales about tricksters, the sea, quests and romance. The stories about the sea and romance were definitely my favourites although I enjoyed them all. I can't review folklore, so all I can really say is that I enjoyed this book and if you like folklore you probably would as well! The stories are adaptions of original folklore so you may notice a few changes if you are an expert (unlike me). This is such a beautiful bind up and I am so happy I found it. I'll definitely keep my eye out for any future bind ups of folklore from Chronicle Books!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    The slight retelling of these tales made them more enjoyable to read than most original fairy tales. The simplistic illustrations were lovely. I wish there were more of them. I've read versions of these tales before, so not all were new stories for me. I enjoyed the romances the best.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    This was a great collection of tales, and it's fascinating to see how fairy tales from different countries relate with one another.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I've been reading a story a night over the past few weeks and I really liked them! In some of these stories, there was a hint of the traditional Andersen and Grimm fairytales, which I really liked. Also, it has a beautiful cover and the illustrations are amazing!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)

    I adored this, shall treasure this book

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    These were delightful. The note on the sources does point out they are 'lightly adapted' so I wonder just how true to the original they were. I'll have to find a more comprehensive collection to read in the future.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Callum McLaughlin

    This was a real mixed bag of stories I recognised from my childhood, and stories that were new to me; stories I loved, and stories I didn't love so much. All-in-all, it's a charming, beautifully put-together book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    océane (une.bibliotheque)

    3.5 out of five stars Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover? Because to be honest, this is a total beauty. It was fascinating learning about Celtic myths which we don’t hear a lot about but I feel more connected to this culture. I just wish there were more of them

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rowie

    Never judge a book by a cover, they say. But let me tell you, I would not have picked this up if it wasn't so pretty. I found this book among other art(sy) books at a lovely shop in Rome. Throughout my holiday I had not been able to satisfy my hunger for English books. Maybe Rome wasn't the best place for that... Even roaming the only English book shops the city has, I wasn't able to find something that caught my eye. So when I fell in love with the cover I thought to myself: even if this will b Never judge a book by a cover, they say. But let me tell you, I would not have picked this up if it wasn't so pretty. I found this book among other art(sy) books at a lovely shop in Rome. Throughout my holiday I had not been able to satisfy my hunger for English books. Maybe Rome wasn't the best place for that... Even roaming the only English book shops the city has, I wasn't able to find something that caught my eye. So when I fell in love with the cover I thought to myself: even if this will be nothing but a pretty coffee table book, I can justify treating myself to this. Fastforward more than a year later. When I started reading I was immediately enchanted. As one would expect from Celtic stories this is full of faries, witches, selkies and giants. There's even seals and wyverns! And a zombie/corpse that doesn't do much but doesn't want to shut up at times... I don't know why, but I didn't expect to like the stories so much. Having a fulltime job I've never been this busy, which means I don't always feel like I have the 'headspace' for reading. I miss it, but I can't always bring myself to pick up a book. Sometimes I can't even keep my eyes open for two sentences. However this book was very soothing to read before going to sleep. Even if some stories were deliciously dark. I enjoyed reading about trickery, quests, romance and many more. What I did find interesting is that these Celtic folk tales don't really have a moral or lesson like 'mainstream' fairy tales do. At least it's not made as clear. There's no clear message behind the tales like there is in Red Riding Hood for example. When a character strayed from the path or made some 'bad' decisions it mostly ended up being in their favor in the end. That's not a bad or a good thing, it's just an interesting observation I made. Some stories did have some familiar elements as the tales we all know and love. Whether it was plot points or similar settings. But mostly these stories were very original. It's so nice reading folk tales that aren't very well known around the world. I can't wait to read more of those.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Selkies, wyverns, witches, and giants. Perilous quests, true love, and animals that talk. The perfect gift for anyone who loves folklore and fairy tales! Celtic Tales collects and "lightly" adapts 16 stories from four works* published in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The tales are organized into Tricksters, The Sea, Quests, and Romance. Bold, vibrant illustrations introduce each story. (Have a look at a small sample on the illustrator's website.) Nearly all of the stories were un Selkies, wyverns, witches, and giants. Perilous quests, true love, and animals that talk. The perfect gift for anyone who loves folklore and fairy tales! Celtic Tales collects and "lightly" adapts 16 stories from four works* published in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The tales are organized into Tricksters, The Sea, Quests, and Romance. Bold, vibrant illustrations introduce each story. (Have a look at a small sample on the illustrator's website.) Nearly all of the stories were unfamiliar to me, but I'm relatively new to reading Celtic folklore. My favorite was "The Black Bull of Norroway," which reminded me of an episode of The Storyteller. Beautiful hardcover edition! I kept running my hand over the cover, feeling the raised knots, then the title -- gorgeous. 4.5 stars Received hardcover from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *The Scottish Fairy Book, Wonder Tales of Ancient Wales, Folk Tales of Brittany, and Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dyan

    One of the best books I read this year! This is a wonderful collection of fairy tales that I never heard of or read before. They're original in their story, but classic in their general themes, plot and the feeling of 'and they lived happily ever after'. Definitely recommend!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    “…he looked down and saw a little man in a three-cornered hat, bound all about with gold lace, and with great silver buckles on his shoes, which were so big it was a wonder he could wear them. He held out a glass as big as himself…”

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I can honestly say I'm relieved to be finished this book. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't fun to read either. I love fairy tales - of all kinds - and there was just something about the writing in this that made me not enjoy these at all. It says at the end of the book that the stories were "lightly adapted" from the original tales; I think they would have fared better in their original texts because they felt so odd and boring it was hard to read. Sure, the book is pretty - but it needs good c I can honestly say I'm relieved to be finished this book. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't fun to read either. I love fairy tales - of all kinds - and there was just something about the writing in this that made me not enjoy these at all. It says at the end of the book that the stories were "lightly adapted" from the original tales; I think they would have fared better in their original texts because they felt so odd and boring it was hard to read. Sure, the book is pretty - but it needs good content as well, and this just didn't cut it for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    tonia peckover

    This book is absolutely gorgeous. I'd want to own it just for the cover and illustrations. The fairy tales are interesting too, and full of Celtic terms and creatures I wasn't familiar with. Not being familiar with Celtic fairy tales, I don't know, but I suspect that these stories have been softened a little. No suffering here. Just happy endings and lessons in kindness and generosity learned. I wish there was a little more bite to the stories, but it's still a worthwhile book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cari

    I love all things Celtic (fairies, and druids, and Brigid, oh my!) and certainly adore all things fairy tale, so it seemed essential that I read Celtic Tales: Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchantment from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales by Kate Forrester. Before reading, I thought maybe these tales would have a dark side (like those by Brothers Grimm) but they were actually pretty light with fairly warm and fuzzy endings that I feel are totally child-appropriate and chock full of good moral I love all things Celtic (fairies, and druids, and Brigid, oh my!) and certainly adore all things fairy tale, so it seemed essential that I read Celtic Tales: Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchantment from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales by Kate Forrester. Before reading, I thought maybe these tales would have a dark side (like those by Brothers Grimm) but they were actually pretty light with fairly warm and fuzzy endings that I feel are totally child-appropriate and chock full of good morals. I can't really say that one tale stood out more than the others for me, just that they were all enjoyable. ☆☆☆☆

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    The beautiful illustrations drew me into picking this up and the fact that I am not familiar with many of these tales. They read like the more well-common fairy tales and legends we know like Grimm's fairy tales and Aesop's fables, and like those, they center around poor people tempting fate to seek their fortune, and amusingly, the Irish fairy tales tended to involve heavy drinking that either got them in trouble, or in the case of The Soul Cages, allowed the hero to release the souls of drowne The beautiful illustrations drew me into picking this up and the fact that I am not familiar with many of these tales. They read like the more well-common fairy tales and legends we know like Grimm's fairy tales and Aesop's fables, and like those, they center around poor people tempting fate to seek their fortune, and amusingly, the Irish fairy tales tended to involve heavy drinking that either got them in trouble, or in the case of The Soul Cages, allowed the hero to release the souls of drowned sailors after getting the Coomara ridiculously wasted. It was a fun read, especially if you like the classics. I just felt as it being a modern update, there was an opportunity to expand on the story-telling and describe the fantastical creatures a bit more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    A charming book of fairy and folk tales of Celtic cultures. Magnificently bound and put together, each story has a single picture to accompany it. It’s a bit of a cross between a keepsake book and a coffee table book, in my opinion. The stories are perfect for reading aloud, and for the stories from Ireland and Scotland I couldn’t help but read them with their associated accents in my head. This book would be perfect for reading to children.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I couldn't finish this. Somehow I found it un-engaging and flat. An earlier review mentioned "boring" and I'd say that's right. I suppose in trying to simplify the stories, all excitement within the plots and the words that should be used to make things entertaining got sucked out. I will say that the book physically seemed decent and I wanted to like it more. I could appreciate the idea of these geographically selected "fairytales" and I liked the idea of this multi-collection... However, as I t I couldn't finish this. Somehow I found it un-engaging and flat. An earlier review mentioned "boring" and I'd say that's right. I suppose in trying to simplify the stories, all excitement within the plots and the words that should be used to make things entertaining got sucked out. I will say that the book physically seemed decent and I wanted to like it more. I could appreciate the idea of these geographically selected "fairytales" and I liked the idea of this multi-collection... However, as I tried to read this book it made me question why those particular stories were picked instead of others. Additionally the ratio of stories per geographic background was skewered as there were multiple selections from Scotland for example but then only one from Wales. I felt like I questioned the judgement of the author & publisher over the entire presentation of these stories. Borrow from the library if you wish, but don't waste money on this collection.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessiqa

    Firstly, the picture does not do the book justice. The knots around the border and the title are raised to the touch. It just *feels* wonderful. Each tale inside has a corresponding picture featuring Forrester's lovely silhouette art. The stories themselves are adapted from 19th and early 20th century books of folklore, featuring tales from Ireland, Wales, Brittany, and Scotland. The stories are ones I had never encountered before and are full of witches, fairies, sorcery, and magic. Protagonists Firstly, the picture does not do the book justice. The knots around the border and the title are raised to the touch. It just *feels* wonderful. Each tale inside has a corresponding picture featuring Forrester's lovely silhouette art. The stories themselves are adapted from 19th and early 20th century books of folklore, featuring tales from Ireland, Wales, Brittany, and Scotland. The stories are ones I had never encountered before and are full of witches, fairies, sorcery, and magic. Protagonists make deals with brownies and defeat enchanted beasts. Some even learn a bit of humility along the way. These stories do not possess the darkness of the Grimm tales, and all have happy endings. I had a lot of fun reading this book and admiring the artwork within. I'd recommend it to middle-grade students and above.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Piyali Mukherjee

    (3.5 stars if I could help it) It was interesting to read of fairy tales of a different culture. However, like most fairy tales, there were strong elements of ritual, the absurd, the catastrophic and the monstrous. The sea/ocean is predominantly featured in many plots, as are themes of pastoral life (farming, sheep, cattle) and magic (witches, dragons, laughing flowers and three-headed giants). I give this about 3.5 stars because some of the stories had interesting elements, there was almost no (3.5 stars if I could help it) It was interesting to read of fairy tales of a different culture. However, like most fairy tales, there were strong elements of ritual, the absurd, the catastrophic and the monstrous. The sea/ocean is predominantly featured in many plots, as are themes of pastoral life (farming, sheep, cattle) and magic (witches, dragons, laughing flowers and three-headed giants). I give this about 3.5 stars because some of the stories had interesting elements, there was almost no explanation of why the absurd and why the rituals take place or occur. I'm sure as a child I would have enjoyed them enough for a full five stars, but as an adult I often found myself asking the whys in many situations. I also liked how the text narrators had a natural inflection of telling their story, an inflection which after a certain point may not even be called "English" if it wasn't for the rendering of the characters. For example, from the Welsh story of Merdydd and the Wyvern, "As he passed by the wyvern's snout, its pestilential breath came forth in a sigh, and Meredydd well-nigh sank to his knees before its hateful stench.." The Irish tales, in particular, somehow sound Irish as well, which I found a particularly intriguing detail. I also particularly like how the stories are sorted by categories: Tricksters, Quests and The Sea (which is a collection of stories based entirely in and around the Sea). I would definitely say this book piqued my interest in exploring more about Celtic mythology, particularly how those stories are reflected or referenced in fairy tales.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I have always loved fairy tales and folklore, none more than Celtic Tales as that is my heritage. I was so excited when I seen this book and delved right into the stories. They are short enough to devour in a few short hours, or you can read a few and set the book aside for another time. Great for bedtime reading. I love the story about the skelkies and the Witch of Lok Island. THey are all great stories but those two were among my favorites, I love skelkies as a whole and for some reason Lok Is I have always loved fairy tales and folklore, none more than Celtic Tales as that is my heritage. I was so excited when I seen this book and delved right into the stories. They are short enough to devour in a few short hours, or you can read a few and set the book aside for another time. Great for bedtime reading. I love the story about the skelkies and the Witch of Lok Island. THey are all great stories but those two were among my favorites, I love skelkies as a whole and for some reason Lok Island Witch was interesting as well, it was one I haven't read before. There is a certain enjoyment from reading fairy tales especially those from one's ancestry and this was no different for me. I almost crave more Celtic tales to add to my knowledge and this book definitely does that. I love how it is broken up between tricksters, the sea and romance. Now if I want a short romance story I know where to look. Kate Forrester did a great job putting this collection of fairy tales together and I am glad I got to read it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    Such a lovely compendium of folk tales, and the illustrations add such charm to the stories. I like how Chronicle is dipping their toe into the gifty/artsy collector's edition market this way. (I am a sucker for book ribbons.) The stories themselves are cleverly adapted, preserving the language of the tales with just enough exoticism to make them magical but not overdone. I like how they are organized thematically and seem loosely connected. But some of them were a bit... boring? Not quite exciti Such a lovely compendium of folk tales, and the illustrations add such charm to the stories. I like how Chronicle is dipping their toe into the gifty/artsy collector's edition market this way. (I am a sucker for book ribbons.) The stories themselves are cleverly adapted, preserving the language of the tales with just enough exoticism to make them magical but not overdone. I like how they are organized thematically and seem loosely connected. But some of them were a bit... boring? Not quite exciting? I guess with hundreds of options to choose from, I sort of had moments where I felt there must have been a more compelling choice... But I also enjoyed that all of these tales were new to me, even the boring ones, so at least there was that sense of freshness to everything... Like an old book taken out, dusted off, and shown again the light of day. Perhaps a bit hard for kids... but then again, folk tales aren't meant for only children. Give Disney a rest and tackle these guys next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Merewyn

    Good Folktales A pleasant collection of fairytales and folk-tales from four Celtic regions: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany. The stories were sourced from Project Guttenburg, the archive website, and sacred-text dot com. They're all public domain, but I didn't know they existed in publicly accessible (and free of charge) websites.😮 Still... This ebook wasn't terribly expensive and I learned that there's all these great resources that I can plumb for free lovely fairy and folk tales all I w Good Folktales A pleasant collection of fairytales and folk-tales from four Celtic regions: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany. The stories were sourced from Project Guttenburg, the archive website, and sacred-text dot com. They're all public domain, but I didn't know they existed in publicly accessible (and free of charge) websites.😮 Still... This ebook wasn't terribly expensive and I learned that there's all these great resources that I can plumb for free lovely fairy and folk tales all I want. The author(?) / compiler includes hyperlinks in the back to the websites that house these stories and more. The artwork that's included in the ebook is quaint and matches the themes of each of the stories.☺

  24. 4 out of 5

    Malorie

    3.5 stars This was an interestingly put together collection of moderately adapted tales, many of which I grew up with. The writing style is more accessible and consistent in this collection, and they retain the familiar format of fairy tales. However, I do wish that the adaptations had been tracked more closely and that there was more information surrounding each of the stories, where they came from, how they were documented. A large part of the context of an oral tradition like Celtic legends an 3.5 stars This was an interestingly put together collection of moderately adapted tales, many of which I grew up with. The writing style is more accessible and consistent in this collection, and they retain the familiar format of fairy tales. However, I do wish that the adaptations had been tracked more closely and that there was more information surrounding each of the stories, where they came from, how they were documented. A large part of the context of an oral tradition like Celtic legends and folklore is the sourcing itself, so it felt like I was getting a little bit of a flat collection of simple retellings. But still, it is a pretty little volume, and I am glad to have it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pretty Little Bibliophile

    This was an absolute delight! I am so glad I could read this amazing set of tales, so full of magic and fantasy! I have never read any folktales from these places in the world, to be honest, and I loved every second I was immersed in them! Separated into the categories of Tricksters, the Sea, Quests, and Romance, the stories all come with some amazing illustrations by Kate Forrester, and as is common to all folktales, morals. I found some similar tales in Nordic Tales as well and so it is really This was an absolute delight! I am so glad I could read this amazing set of tales, so full of magic and fantasy! I have never read any folktales from these places in the world, to be honest, and I loved every second I was immersed in them! Separated into the categories of Tricksters, the Sea, Quests, and Romance, the stories all come with some amazing illustrations by Kate Forrester, and as is common to all folktales, morals. I found some similar tales in Nordic Tales as well and so it is really interesting to see that there are such overlaps in all our different cultures too! I absolutely enjoyed it and am giving it to my brother to read! A gem! 5/5 stars!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Pretty entertaining - My favourites were: "The seal catcher and the selkies" - when I read the title I immediately thought about The Song of The Sea and was imagining all the seals and their dwellings. "Teig O'Kane and the Corpse" - this one sounds dark but was just my taste! "Little White-Thorn and the talking bird" - heart-warming and will tickle your sense of justice pleasantly. "The witch of Fife " - had a feminist ring to it, with the old wife rubbing her husband's nose all like "I do what I w Pretty entertaining - My favourites were: "The seal catcher and the selkies" - when I read the title I immediately thought about The Song of The Sea and was imagining all the seals and their dwellings. "Teig O'Kane and the Corpse" - this one sounds dark but was just my taste! "Little White-Thorn and the talking bird" - heart-warming and will tickle your sense of justice pleasantly. "The witch of Fife " - had a feminist ring to it, with the old wife rubbing her husband's nose all like "I do what I want and you can't tell me shit" 😎 And "The clumsy beauty and her aunts" - was quite funny to me; a little trickery goes a long way, a really long way in this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stuart

    Lovely illustrations, and a nice collection of tales, many of which I had not previously read in other collections. The grouping of tales by themes, rather than by the country of origin, was also a nice way to think about each of the stories as part of a cultural whole, bringing home the idea of a Celtic aesthetic. Definitely more fairy tales than mythology, these would make good bedtime stories for children, told as they are in simple, straightforward manner, and with little emphasis on violenc Lovely illustrations, and a nice collection of tales, many of which I had not previously read in other collections. The grouping of tales by themes, rather than by the country of origin, was also a nice way to think about each of the stories as part of a cultural whole, bringing home the idea of a Celtic aesthetic. Definitely more fairy tales than mythology, these would make good bedtime stories for children, told as they are in simple, straightforward manner, and with little emphasis on violence or spiritual matters.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan Marcus

    From Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Brittany, the tales included in this anthology include heroes and heroines who outwit or outlast their adversaries or perilous situations. The narratives entertain but have little context. I mean, none of the four sections shares any information about the historical or literary context of the tales. I would have enjoyed knowing something about the traditions that shaped the stories' characters, plots, and settings.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leah Nugent

    This book has a delightful collection of little-known fairy tales. Forrester accompanies each story with beautiful illustrations that resemble wooden cutouts. It's a light, entertaining read - nothing more or less. Note: Celtic Tales shares the stories without giving background details about their historical or literary context. Forrester leaves a "sources" section at the back of the book for more avid readers who may want to learn more about each story's origins.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ana-Maria Bujor

    I bought this ebook on a whim, but it was a good decision - I was not familiar at all with Celtic folklore besides movies like The song of the Sea and The book of Kells, some of of my all time favorites. This book has a great little collection in it - some of the stories are quite complex, I could see movie adaptions made after them. The illustrations are also stunning. Definitely worth checking out at any age (ammmybe except for that story with dead people, which I liked anyway).

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