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Beneath the Surface and other Welsh Tales of Mystery

Written by Eloise Williams

Part of the Rising Stars Reading Planet Series

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Reading Planet - Beneath the Surface and other Welsh Tales of Mystery - Level 7: Fiction (Saturn)

Beneath the Surface: Tales from Welsh Legend forms one in a series of Rising Stars Reading Planet books retelling traditional tales. In this book, readers encounter the legends of Cantre’r Gwaelod and The Tylwyth Teg through the experiences of two children: Dion and Cariad. Both tales make for compelling reading, with Cantre’e Gwaelod taking the form of an audio account and The Tylwyth Teg being narrated through Cariad’s grandmother’s first-hand experience. Both of these narrative techniques offer the reader opportunities to consider the validity of the stories they experience. In the case of Cantre’e Gwaelod, two versions of the legend are presented within the frame of Dion researching local history for a homework topic. And in The Tylwyth Teg, readers’ first encounter with Cariad’s grandmother suggests she is an unreliable narrator; something that offers scope for discussion as the story unfolds.

Both stories are accompanied by full-colour illustrations that support the narratives. A range of comprehension questions asking readers to retrieve key facts, to compare the themes contained in the two stories and offer opinions are provided, which is welcome for teachers looking to develop the comprehension skills required at the end of KS2.


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Beneath the Surface: Tales of Welsh Legend is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band.

Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 10-11 years

Beneath the Surface and other Welsh Tales of Mystery Synopsis

Over more years than you or I can count, people have smiled as they were told tales of drowned cities and shapeshifting creatures. These Welsh legends are just stories, they say. They couldn't possibly be true ... could they? Dion and Cariad are listening to two very different tales unfold. Both are convinced that the incredible events they are hearing about couldn't possibly have occurred in real life. But how will they feel when they are confronted with evidence that suggests fiction is actually fact? Will they believe that what took place in the past might actually happen again?

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ISBN: 9781510445215
Publication date: 30/08/2019
Publisher: Rising Stars UK Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781510445215
Publication date: 30th August 2019
Author: Eloise Williams
Publisher: Rising Stars UK Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 56 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Reading Scheme

About Eloise Williams

Eloise is the inaugural Children’s Laureate Wales 2019-2021, an initiative run by Literature Wales. Having originally trained in Theatre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, she went on to work as a performer, theatre maker and creative practitioner for over a decade before studying for a Masters in Creative and Media Writing at Swansea University in 2011. She is the author of Elen's Island, Gaslight, Seaglass and Wilde.   

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