Bound To Stay Bound

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 Ronan and the mermaid : a tale of old Ireland
 Author: McShane, Marianne

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 631014 ISBN: 9781536200225
 Ages: 6-8 Grades: 1-3

 Mermaids -- Fiction
 Orphans -- Fiction
 Monks -- Fiction
 Harp music -- Fiction
 Celtic legends -- Fiction
 Ireland -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Retells the Irish legend of the mermaid saint who was drawn to the shores of an abbey by the harp music of an orphan.

 Illustrator: Solano, Jordi

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/20)
   Booklist (03/15/20)

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Booklist - 03/15/2020 This dreamy tale builds upon a medieval chronicle (as detailed in an informative afterword) to relate the story of Rónán (“roe-nawn”), a boy found unconscious on the beach by the monks of Bangor Abbey, Northern Ireland. When found, he is clasping a silver ring that he claims was given to him by a beautiful woman with golden hair who saved him from drowning. The woman foretold that Rónán would help her in return some day, and so it comes to pass. Cared for by the monks, the boy grows to become a master harpist whose music attracts the princess turned mermaid Líban years later, allowing him to free her from life adrift at sea. The peaceful ending involves a touch of early Christianity, but otherwise this tale focuses on the gift of generosity and the natural world around Ireland’s chilly waters. Solano’s pencil, watercolor, and digital-media art features soothing, earth-toned images of landscapes and characters and is a wonderful complement to McShane’s poetic text. A great choice for St. Patrick’s Day programs and bedtime reading. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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