THE MOON SPUN ROUND

W. B. Yeats for Children

Written by
W. B. Yeats
,
Edited by and Introduced by
Noreen Doody
,
Illustrated by
Shona Shirley Macdonald
The Moon Spun Round

The Moon Spun Round takes children of all ages on an imaginative journey through W.B. Yeats’s poetry, folktales and childhood writing. Mysterious and beautiful illustrations spin out from Yeats’s haunting and enchanted words and rhythms.

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Hardback:
64 pages
Size:
280x214 mm
ISBN:
9781847177384

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ISBN:
9781847179043

Bringing the spirit and beauty of Yeats’s writing to a whole new young audience!

This sumptuously illustrated book complements the carefully selected works of W.B. Yeats, which include poems, stories, a letter from childhood, and an account of his daughter Anne’s memories of childhood.

Including unpublished work, this gorgeous book draws on Yeats's preoccupation with magic, fairy lore, place, family and childhood. A mystical and magical tone that pervades the collection will enthral younger readers.

William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms.

Dr Noreen Doody is a writer and academic who has published extensively on W.B. Yeats and Oscar Wilde. She is a senior lecturer in English Literature and the former head of the Department of English at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin. She currently teaches on the MA programme in Children’s Literature in the School of English, Dublin City University.

Shona Shirley Macdonald is an artist based in Co. Waterford, though she is originally from Aberdeenshire in Scotland. She studied Visual Communication at Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in stop-motion animation, and after graduating she began her career as a freelance artist.
Her published illustration includes Rita Kelly’s poetry retrospective 'Turas go Bun na Spéire' and two Scottish Gaelic graphic novels for West Highland Animation, 'Cuir Stad air an Stoirm-Shneachda' and ‘An Smutag Ghaisgeal’. Her illustration projects range from publications of poetry and fiction, to concept artwork for theatre and computer games.
She also illustrates greeting cards and t-shirts for her design company Mireog, mostly in Irish but also other Celtic languages.
Her first solo show was in the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavady in 2014, and she continues to create her own artwork and to exhibit her work nationally and internationally.

sumptuously illustrated … will enthral younger readers

Education Magazine

breathtaking

Irish Examiner

I do of course have to wax lyrical about the visuals. And they're just brilliant. If anyone can put pen to paper and recreate the heavens' embroidered cloths, then it's Shona Shirley Macdonald, on this evidence. There's a brief lament to a fleeing squirrel, which makes the critter and the tree it's escaping up completely mythical entities. The Sidhe here can be quite vicious-looking faerie-folk, but have an appealing turn to their eye when needed; they're often dancing in multitudes, forcing no end of detail on to the page. And I just loved The Wild Swans at Coole, and how one of the birds practically becomes the titular lake. Oh, and the cover of this hardback edition is actually a fold-out poster of the frontispiece poem, which any Yeats fan would hold up as worthy tribute … fabulous visual craft

thebookbag.co.uk

a lyrical treasury of W.B. Yeats’s most magical works will take children of all ages on an imaginative journey through his poetry, folktales and childhood writing. Mysterious and beautiful illustrations spin out from Yeats’s haunting and enchanted words and rhythms, bringing the spirit and beauty of his writing in this collection to a whole new audience

Primary Times

for all ages too, despite its title … evocatively illustrated by Shona Shirley MacDonald … Perfect for winter nights by the fire

irishtimes.com

beautifully illustrated

Evening Echo

beautifully illustrated

Sligo Champion

I was thrilled to be asked to review this book … beautifully illustrated … warm, colourful images, which enhance the book further. For the teacher who wants to dip their toe into poetry … a very good start

InTouch Magazine

One of the most beautiful children's books I have ever seen

Bleach House Library

you won’t get more Irish or beautiful … magical illustrations

Sunday Times

a beautifully produced book to introduce younger readers to the joys of WB Yeats

Galway City Tribune

illustrations … wonderfully reflect the poet’s magical vision

The Irish Catholic

beautifully illustrated

The Gloss, Irish Times,

delightfully illustrated, expertly edited and full of brilliant poetry

Clondalkin, Lucan, Rathcoole, Saggart, Tallaght News

a beautifully produced book to introduce younger readers to the joys of WB Yeats

Connacht Tribune

superb … beautifully illustrated … promises to introduce a new generation to Yeats’ magical world of fairies and folklore

Belfast Telegraph

handsome

Books Ireland

an absolutely beautiful book … magical …  It has such a beautiful lullaby quality to it, you can actually imagine reading to a very small child

Tipp FM’s The Arts Show

what The Waterboys communicated through music, Shona Shirley MacDonald now brings to life afresh through her magical, mist-swirled illustrations for The Moon Spun Round … gossamer-light drawings dance around the text like a wave on the sea … will enchant readers of all ages and open many eyes to the beauty of the poetry they describe

Evening Echo

Swooning over Yeats ... what a beautifully illustrated edition. Perfect gift. Take note, Santa!

Gobblefunked

Today I received a children's book so beautiful it'd make you reckless with birth control. Yeats for children. Absolutely gorgeous.

Eithne Shortall, Sunday Times

a very nice gift book for any age, not just kids. It’s a lovely book to have and to cherish

mykidstime.ie

what purports to be an introduction to the poetry of W. B. Yeats could well be classed as Yeats introducing an exciting new illustrator to the Irish market. The superb selection of illustrations, sometimes reminiscent of Clark, Rackham and P J Lynch, are breathtaking in scope and composition. The movement of the nine and fifty swans at Coole, the interaction between stolen child and the fairies, the fluid lines as The Fiddler of Dooney strikes up a tune and the dark menacing colours in He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven expertly complement the lyrics of some of Yeats’s best known poems. The anthology is masterfully edited by Noreen Doody

Irish Examiner

Apart from the written word, the strength of this collection is the presentation and illustration of Yeats’ poems and stories. Illustrated by Waterford-based artist Shona Shirley MacDonald, the design and illustrations illuminate and complement the text. Faery worlds and faery creatures come to life through the colourful illustrations which surround the text and this will instantly appeal to children … Pupils could be inspired by the illustrations in the collection to take a favourite Yeats poem of their own, illustrate it and display it in the classroom. I’m sure that there are lots of other creative ways which teachers could use this book as a resource in the classroom

SeomraRanga.com

You may think that W B Yeats' poetry is not an ideal match for children - but you'd be wrong, as this sumptuously illustrated book shows. The work included has been carefully selected, including, I am glad to say, my favourite, The Lake Isle of Innisfree. The book includes a cross-section of poems, stories, a letter from childhood, and an account of his daughter Anne’s memories of childhood; as such, it is an excellent collection to introduce to secondary age pupils studying the poet, as it shows a wider picture, and therefore offers a fuller understanding, than simply his poems. Including unpublished work, this gorgeous book draws on Yeats's preoccupation with magic, fairy lore, place, family and childhood; the stunning illustrations capture to perfection the mystical and magical tone that pervades the collection. A wonderful book

Parents in Touch

a beguiling collection of Yeat’s poems, stories and memories from childhood, steeped in magic and fairy lore, this mystical treasure trove is sure to enchant ... MacDonald’s stunning compositions perfectly match the imaginative world Yeats conjures and together they form an enticing vision of an Irish landscape. This is a book to be pondered, pored over and visited many times, each time hearing or seeing something afresh in the words and images

CBI Recommended Reads 2016
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