The Dreaming Tree by Eithne Massey


The Dreaming Tree by Eithne Massey

Back home in Brazil, Roberto loved playing football. Now he lives in Ireland, and he'd really like to have a game with the boys in the park, but he's too shy. When his granny reminds him of the Brazilian story of the dreaming tree, he doesn't see how a story can help him! But maybe it can! This is a new series of books for modern, multi-cultural Ireland for children aged 6-8.


'a charming tale of a stranger learning to fit in'

'well-written, entertaining and enlightening stories for children'

'distinctively illustrated by artists from the Cartoon Saloon'

'a handsome collection of full-colour picture books'

'particularly attractive ... for reading aloud in class'

'highly recommended'

'a timely series that will be invaluable both in the school and home environment ... these thought-provoking books will be of immense value to teachers, parents and of course children' 'particularly attractive ... for reading aloud in class'


'Editor's Choice' 'attractive and important'

'innovative and exciting'

'appropriate and timely'

'aimed at age six and upwards, this excellent and enjoyable non-preachy series ... should be in every school'

'[Bridges] introduce us to some of the newer cultures in our island in warm and sympathetic fashion'

'an excellent and thought-provoking new series of multicultural books from O'Brien'

'captivating as well as educational'

's Way 'hopefully they are the first of many in that they ably reflect the ethnic mix that Ireland's population has now become. Inter-racial and inter-generational, they explore differences in culture and language, and celebrate communication'

'impressively designed, with bright coloured pictures, well-spaced text and a narrative that uses simple language but in its most effective way'

'four beautifully written and very colourfully illustrated books'

'could be used in the area of integration, geography and religious studies'

'the text is carefully graded in terms of language'

'a smashingly illustrated migration narrative'

About the Author

Eithne Massey is the author of a number of books for young readers which intermingle history with fantasy. Her adaptation of the award-winning movie The Secret of Kells is set in the time of the early Viking raids; The Silver Stag of Bunratty and Where the Stones Sing are set in Norman Ireland and Blood Brother, Swan Sister at the time of the Battle of Clontarf. All blend together historical detail with myths, legends and folklore, resulting in stories which will appeal to: young readers who enjoy an adventure with well-rounded characters and a touch of magic and history. ( Eithne is also the author of retellings of Irish myths for younger children and a book for adults, Legendary Ireland.

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: From 6


Eithne Massey
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Publication date

26th October 2009



Publisher Profile

O'Brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien


The O'Brien Press is Ireland's leading general publisher of both adult and children's books. Our list covers a huge range, including biography, humour, photography, history, art, fiction, politics, cookery, sport, music, memoir, true crime and travel and we are constantly expanding into new and exciting areas.

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