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The four children of King Lir are happy when their father marries again. Aoife, their new stepmother is very kind to them. But in her heart she is jealous of the children and uses her secret magic powers to cast a spell on them, changing them from children into swans. They spend long years on lonely lakes and frozen seas, until one day the spell is broken and they are huma The four children of King Lir are happy when their father marries again. Aoife, their new stepmother is very kind to them. But in her heart she is jealous of the children and uses her secret magic powers to cast a spell on them, changing them from children into swans. They spend long years on lonely lakes and frozen seas, until one day the spell is broken and they are human again. Though everyone they loved is long gone, they know they are home at last.


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The four children of King Lir are happy when their father marries again. Aoife, their new stepmother is very kind to them. But in her heart she is jealous of the children and uses her secret magic powers to cast a spell on them, changing them from children into swans. They spend long years on lonely lakes and frozen seas, until one day the spell is broken and they are huma The four children of King Lir are happy when their father marries again. Aoife, their new stepmother is very kind to them. But in her heart she is jealous of the children and uses her secret magic powers to cast a spell on them, changing them from children into swans. They spend long years on lonely lakes and frozen seas, until one day the spell is broken and they are human again. Though everyone they loved is long gone, they know they are home at last.

30 review for The Children of Lir

  1. 4 out of 5

    C-shaw

    Cute Irish fairy tale with great illustrations.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Nice little retelling. Really like the illustrations.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Caught Between Pages

    A sweet, comprehensive telling of a folktale. The art was absolutely beautiful.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    It was ok. It’s nice to know about other cultures myths. Interesting and good read for my bus ride home. It was all right.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    What to say about The Children of Lir short-story? I have read multiple stories to my children that were available for free on Amazon, but this has been the first one worth it's salt in downloading. Now, I wouldn't rate this story as a five, but I wouldn't rate this story as a three either. The fact that goodness didn't truly prevail, I don't think it was appropriate for the age rage that my children fall under. However, this story was very thorough and developed, the time line was excellent wit What to say about The Children of Lir short-story? I have read multiple stories to my children that were available for free on Amazon, but this has been the first one worth it's salt in downloading. Now, I wouldn't rate this story as a five, but I wouldn't rate this story as a three either. The fact that goodness didn't truly prevail, I don't think it was appropriate for the age rage that my children fall under. However, this story was very thorough and developed, the time line was excellent with no abnormal gaps. I would recommend this story to other, just make sure that they are older then five so that they can fully comprehend it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bill Tillman

    A delightful tale. King Lir is a figure of tragedy, having lost his wife. Then his children are transformed into swans for nine centuries. A quick and delightful read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    J

    Quickly Ended Could tell the story seemed as if it were an abbreviated version & lacked reader connection for being far too brief & in short lacking any real engaging interest as well as falling short of making the stories purpose or message mere!y a poor attempt at conveying a message eluding to how God's Grace can work in ones life over time & how we are all connected by love to one another. Quickly Ended Could tell the story seemed as if it were an abbreviated version & lacked reader connection for being far too brief & in short lacking any real engaging interest as well as falling short of making the stories purpose or message mere!y a poor attempt at conveying a message eluding to how God's Grace can work in ones life over time & how we are all connected by love to one another.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Sad Sad story with a sort of sad happy ending . I'm not sure if I would recommend this book. I kind of wish there had been more happiness in this book . I think there is a good life lesson in this book but I like when books have happy endings especially with it seeming like it's a children's book. Sad Sad story with a sort of sad happy ending . I'm not sure if I would recommend this book. I kind of wish there had been more happiness in this book . I think there is a good life lesson in this book but I like when books have happy endings especially with it seeming like it's a children's book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Markus

    Strange story but felt familiar. I really liked the artwork in this book. And you can't complain about the price. Sadly the ending was revealed in the Amazon description. Hardly a Happy ending though. Strange story but felt familiar. I really liked the artwork in this book. And you can't complain about the price. Sadly the ending was revealed in the Amazon description. Hardly a Happy ending though.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bella

    Good read The illustrations are simple and up to the story. Good for kids.. worth one time read.... I am liking children's​ book now Good read The illustrations are simple and up to the story. Good for kids.. worth one time read.... I am liking children's​ book now

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan Kite

    Cute story Quick read and a cute story. Would have enjoyed more stories of the same style. Kids would like this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nathalie

    Ok book Very interesting story and well told. However, the writing style was quite a bit boring. Nice illustrations too. I liked it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*

    Hmmm I'm not sure what the meaning of this book was. Maybe it just went over my head. I found it was kinda sad. Hmmm I'm not sure what the meaning of this book was. Maybe it just went over my head. I found it was kinda sad.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Madalina

    Good book A good story, nicely written. Easy words for early readers, nice pictures. Recommend for kids of all ages. My son liked it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sonia Santos

    Interesting story Although this was a sad story at the end it came pout being great. This is a good story to tell children.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    Good book!!!! I enjoyed the story, it was a quick read, and really liked the art work!!!! Good book for a bedtime story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zoë

    Cute illustrations but it was just too short for my taste.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Yagyrlr

    Heartwarming This is a touching story about the love of a father. My daughter hugged me midway and smiled. Worth the read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Ann

    First in a series of books that explores Irish folklore for children. In the first book readers are introduced to the king of Lir who is happy living in the castle with his wife and four children. They rule over their subjects until one day the queen dies. The family is disconsolate. After a time the king invites his wife's sister to come and live in the castle to help take care of the children. He eventually marries her. Unknown to the king, Aoife is mean and unloving toward the children. She l First in a series of books that explores Irish folklore for children. In the first book readers are introduced to the king of Lir who is happy living in the castle with his wife and four children. They rule over their subjects until one day the queen dies. The family is disconsolate. After a time the king invites his wife's sister to come and live in the castle to help take care of the children. He eventually marries her. Unknown to the king, Aoife is mean and unloving toward the children. She lets out her frustrations by retreating to a distant spot in the castle where she screams. One day she decides to take the children to the lake where she places a curse on them. She condemns them to spend three centuries as swans. They plead with her to leave them with human voices and the ability to sing. Feeling a bit guilty, she accedes to that wish. The king is furious with his queen. Meanwhile the king is distraught and searches throughout the kingdom for his children. The king discovers them one day and decides to spend the rest of his life living by their side. He uses his own magic to turn his wife into a shrieking crow. The children spend their lives swimming and wandering the seas until one day they meet St. Patrick. Charming pencil drawings enhance the story. Most children will not be familiar with the plot. This book is an easy read for middle grade students who enjoy folklore and myth.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lia Brent

    Legends told and illustrated for the next generation. A sad tale but endearingly sweet, The Children of Lir has everything a fairy tale should have — an evil stepmother, a brokenhearted king, and lots of magic. The swans and their songs are the beautiful bonuses that make this story stand out. My kids pointed out that at the end of the book the “kids” were old and naked! After reading one book from this series, I have already scanned the rest of the collection for a book to read another time.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Damien McAuley

    A read for all ages I' d always only known the basics of this story but now at 49 years old have finally read it from start to finish. I loved it and it should be read by everyone for it teaches much and encourages conversation. Thank you Ann Carroll for reproducing it so finely. A read for all ages I' d always only known the basics of this story but now at 49 years old have finally read it from start to finish. I loved it and it should be read by everyone for it teaches much and encourages conversation. Thank you Ann Carroll for reproducing it so finely.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    there are 21 reads in this series i think it did say? wow. i can't wait to see and read more. i did learn something. i am such a fan of this Irish, Ireland, world ... i love reading more ... check it out if you love green??! green and fun tale. there are 21 reads in this series i think it did say? wow. i can't wait to see and read more. i did learn something. i am such a fan of this Irish, Ireland, world ... i love reading more ... check it out if you love green??! green and fun tale.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Baron

    It's fine, but far from my favorite version of the tale. It's fine, but far from my favorite version of the tale.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Free e-book via BookBub. I appreciate any Irish myth, but the black-and-white illustrations and weird splitting of sentences across pages were not great.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This is a cute story and I love the pictures used to tell an Irish Folk Story. I hope to get the rest of the books and read them to my daughter some day.

  26. 5 out of 5

    shehzad irani

    A christian story What started as a cute children's story ended up a sermon... Good to read, easy on the vocabulary, but for the christian parts... A christian story What started as a cute children's story ended up a sermon... Good to read, easy on the vocabulary, but for the christian parts...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ursula

      Remember that story about the children that were turned into swans? :) This is quite like that, but with a bit of a different spin on it. Read it! ENJOY. :)  

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katterley

    I had heard of this story... ...but had never read it. This version was easy to follow and understand. I recommend it for all ages and hope to read more in the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Not for kids I didn’t think this book was good for toddlers, way over my sons head. Very long and wordy not even sure what audience this book would be for?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Cute. Not as grim as Grimm. Suitable for elementary

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