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      Check to see if this title is already in your library's catalog. If it is,
      put a hold on it and check it out. If not, fill out a patron request form right
      away. This can usually be done online at your library's website.

      Title: Brigid's Cloak: An Ancient Irish Story
      Author: Bryce Milligan, illustrated by Helen Cann
      Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
      Date Published: August 2002
      ISBN: 0802852246
      Price: Hardcover $16.00
      Comments: Ages 4 to 8

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      Editorial Reviews

      From Publishers Weekly
      Told with the gripping delivery of a well-seasoned storyteller, this tale of
      a fifth-century Irish saint has the broad appeal of folklore while retaining
      the power to inspire religious awe. Milligan (With the Wind; Kevin Dolan) draws
      in readers immediately with his evocation of "a wild and windy night" when
      the slave daughter of a warrior prince is born. The infant receives a visit from
      a Druid: "I am one of the fathers of old Ireland. I greet little Brigid, who
      will be a mother to the new Ireland that is to come." The Druid gives Brigid a
      blue cloak and blesses her with magic. Ten years later, Brigid finds herself
      mystically transported to a stable in Bethlehem, where a man named Joseph
      introduces himself and his wife, Mary: "Brigid felt as one does when a candle is
      lit in a very dark room." She lends Mary her cloak, and blesses Mary and her
      child. Returning to her own world, Brigid longs for the family in the stable-but
      her cloak is now covered with tiny glowing stars. Cann (The Loving Arms of
      God) matches Milligan's deceptively easy mix of intimacy and awe with her clear,
      slightly stylized watercolors. Her Brigid is plain and sturdy, with cropped
      red hair and freckles, her holy family tired but inwardly directed. Borders
      along the bottom of the spreads incorporate Celtic motifs, echoed within the
      illustrations with such patterns as the Druid's flowing locks of white hair, the
      sheep's curling wool, the striping on the rams' horns. Readers don't have to
      share Brigid's faith to enjoy this story, but those who do may find that faith
      strengthened. Ages 4-up.
      Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


      From School Library Journal
      K Up-This legend of one of Ireland's most beloved saints recalls how Brigid
      was presented at birth with a royal blue cloak by an old Druid. As he blessed
      her, he pronounced that she would be mother to the new Ireland. Years later,
      while tending her flock of sheep in her worn blue cloak, she finds herself
      transported back in time and place to the night in the stable in Bethlehem where
      the Christ child was born. Upon waking, she is back home once more in Ireland,
      transformed by her experience, and discovers that her old cloak is deep, rich
      blue again and embellished with stars. Attractively designed, full-page
      watercolor and mixed-media illustrations, framed with geometric patterned borders,
      enhance the timeless story.
      Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
      Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.


      From Booklist
      Gr. 1-3. Milligan's folktale-flavored telling, which incorporates elements of
      Druidic and early Christian beliefs, introduces Brigid, one of Ireland's
      favorite saints, in a story that reveals the origin of her reputation for
      generosity. Borders of Celtic designs frame Cann's mixed-media pictures and add both
      authenticity and wonder to the tale, which begins with her birth and goes on to
      tell of a vision in which she is transplanted to Jerusalem at the time of
      Jesus' birth, welcomes Mary and Joseph, and helps care for the newborn baby
      Jesus. A full-page close-up of a Druid wizard holding the infant Brigid, wrapped in
      the blue cloak he gave her, is particularly impressive; his light-green eyes
      exude wisdom as his white hair flows around his face. Just as good is the
      portrait of the Holy Family, with Brigid in their midst, which evokes the peace
      and happiness Brigid feels at Mary's kind words, "Thank you, child of the West.
      Your generosity will be remembered always." An author's note explains more ab
      out Brigid and the stories surrounding her cloak. Diane Foote
      Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved


      Synopsis
      Relates a legend about the Irish slave girl who became Saint Brigid,
      beginning with a celestial song, a mysterious gift, and a prophecy on the night of her
      birth.


      Card catalog description
      Relates a legend about the Irish slave girl who became Saint Brigid,
      beginning with a celestial song, a mysterious gift, and a prophecy on the night of her
      birth.


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