The Irish Cinderlad

Paperback | February 15, 2000

byShirley Climo

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A hero's feats?

Ever since he was a baby, Becan's only worry has been his big feet--until his widowed father remarries.  His new stepmothr and her three daughters feed him crusts of bread and banish him to work in the fields.  So Becan runs away.

With the help of his only friend, a magical bull, he defeats a giant, slays a dragon, and rescues a princess.  But before she can thank him, Becan disappears, leaving behind him one of his enormous boots.  The princess scours the kingdom for the owner of the giant boot.  Will Becan's feet give him away?  And what will his fate be if they do?

 

Folklorist Shirley Climo retells an age-old Irish tale that is an unusual twist on the popular Cinderella story. Just like his female counterpart, Becan has a mean stepmother and stepsisters. Unlike Cinderella, Becan has large feet and a magical bull for a fairy godmother. He defeats a sword-swinging giant, slays a fire-breathing dragon, and rescues a princess. But before the princess can thank him, he runs off, leaving her with only an enormous boot to aid her in the search for her rescuer. And, as in all Cinderella stories, true love prevails.

Folklorist Shirley Climo retells an age-old Irish tale that is an unusual twist on the popular Cinderella story. Just like his female counterpart, Becan has a mean stepmother and stepsisters. Unlike Cinderella, Becan has large feet and a magical bull for a fairy godmother. He defeats a sword-swinging giant, slays a fire-breathing dragon, and rescues a princess. But before the princess can thank him, he runs off, leaving her with only an enormous boot to aid her in the search for her rescuer. And, as in all Cinderella stories, true love prevails.

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 Who can blame Becan from running away? At first, Becan's only worry was his huge feet — until one day, when his father remarries and his mean stepmother sends him away to work in the fields. Things look grim until, with the help of a magic bull, Becan defeats a giant, slays a dragon and rescues a princess. The rescued princess is very...

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A hero's feats?Ever since he was a baby, Becan's only worry has been his big feet--until his widowed father remarries.  His new stepmothr and her three daughters feed him crusts of bread and banish him to work in the fields.  So Becan runs away. With the help of his only friend, a magical bull, he defeats a giant, slays a dragon, and r...

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Ever since he was a baby, Becan's only worry has been his big feet -- until his widowed father remarries. His new stepmother and her three daughters feed him crusts of bread and banish him to work in the fields. So Becan runs away.With the help of his only friend, a magical bull, he defeats a giant, slays a dragon, and rescues a prince...

"A must for collectors of Cinderella variants." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.08 inPublished:February 15, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064435776

ISBN - 13:9780064435772

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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 Who can blame Becan from running away? At first, Becan's only worry was his huge feet — until one day, when his father remarries and his mean stepmother sends him away to work in the fields. Things look grim until, with the help of a magic bull, Becan defeats a giant, slays a dragon and rescues a princess. The rescued princess is very grateful and wishes to thank him — but Becan's gone! She finds hope, however, when she finds the enormous boots he's left behind. Will she catch up with the shy, big-footed hero? Enhanced with Loretta Krupinski's fabulous paintings, Shirley Climo brings readers an enchanting story in The Irish Cinderlad.

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"A must for collectors of Cinderella variants." (Kirkus Reviews)