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Rónán and the Mermaid: A Tale of Old Ireland

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Rónán and the Mermaid: A Tale of Old Ireland
Written by Marianne McShane
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781536200225
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Rónán and the Mermaid: A Tale of Old Ireland

author: Marianne McShane
illustrator: Jordi Solano

Long ago, on the eastern coast of Ireland, a monk from the Abbey of Bangor was collecting driftwood along the wave-tossed shore when he found a boy washed up amid a circle of seals. At first the boy, wrapped in a shawl of woven seagrass, could barely move or speak. But when he regained his strength, he recalled being brought ashore by a lady with long golden hair who sang him to safety and gave him a silver ring. The monks knew the legend of a mermaid who had wandered the coast for three hundred years. Could it possibly have been her? Inspired by a story told in medieval chronicles of Irish history about a wondrous happening in the year 558, debut author Marianne McShane weaves a captivating tale, while Jordi Solano captures the legend’s spare but welcoming abbey on the rocky shore — a setting that makes you believe that if you listen hard enough, you too can hear the mermaid’s song.

An Irish storyteller revisits the little-known legend of the Mermaid Saint in a haunting, beautifully illustrated tale of kindness, music, and longing.
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1536200220 /  9781536200225
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Picture Books / Hardback
age range:
5 yrs - 8 yrs
# of pages/size:
32 / 8 1/4" x 11"
grade range:
Kindergarten - Grade 3
Family; Legends, Myths, Fables; Mermaids & Mermen;
author’s comments:
Marianne McShane is a retired librarian and a seanchaí, a traditional Irish storyteller. She grew up on the east coast of Ireland and especially loves to tell folktales and fairy tales from her native land. Rónán and the Mermaid: A Tale of Old Ireland is her first book for children. She lives in Ireland, on the same shore where this story took place.
illustrator’s comments:
Jordi Solano is the illustrator of Beyond the Sixth Extinction by Shawn Sheehy and Swimming with Sharks by Heather Lang. He lives in Spain.
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