Cottage at Bantry Bay Series

The Cottage at Bantry Bay

Book cover: 'The Cottage at Bantry Bay'
Author(s): 
Hilda van Stockum
Copyright: 
1938
Publisher: 
Bethlehem Books
Series: 
Cottage at Bantry Bay
Binding: 
Sewn Softcover
Number of pages: 
239 pages
Setting: 
Grade / Age level: 
Review: 

I often have the hardest time reviewing my very favorite books. The O'Sullivan family, of Ireland in the 1930s, have become very dear to us over the years. The story is simple and charming, but very real...in the best sense. You pick up the book and can't help reading it with an Irish brogue..and getting carried away from the modern noisy, busy world of today to a land of simplicity and beauty (though not an easy life).

The O'Sullivans are poor, but their home is filled with love. The older children, Michael and Brigid, take a journey through the Irish countryside to sell the family donkey for their Father. Along the way, they rescue a mischievous dog who leads them to an unusual treasure. The young twins, Liam and Francie are adventurous and mischievous - imagining themselves in the roles of heroes of Irish folklore.

It's an excellent read aloud story for the family or could be handled solo by a 9 or 10 year old. Hilda van Stockum is a great storyteller; all-the-while weaving a great deal of faith and wisdom into a lively glimpse of Irish culture.

Perspective: 
Catholic
Review Date: 
9-12-05
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Francie on the Run

Book cover: 'Francie on the Run'
Author(s): 
Hilda Van Stockum
Copyright: 
1939
Publisher: 
Bethlehem Books
Series: 
Cottage at Bantry Bay
Binding: 
Sewn Softcover
Number of pages: 
293 pages
Setting: 
Grade / Age level: 
Review: 

Francie on the Run is the second book in the Bantry Bay trilogy. It was written by Hilda van Stockum in 1939. It's the story of Francie O'Sullivan, who runs away from the hospital in Dublin. The entire book is about his funny adventures as young Francie makes his way home to Bantry Bay. My whole family loved this book because the characters are warm and funny. There are many beautiful pictures drawn by the author herself. It's an excellent book. You'll love it!

Perspective: 
Catholic
Additional notes: 

Reviewer age 9

Review Date: 
1999
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Pegeen

Book cover: 'Pegeen'
Author(s): 
Hilda Van Stockum
Copyright: 
1941
Publisher: 
Bethlehem Books
Series: 
Cottage at Bantry Bay
Binding: 
Sewn Softcover
Number of pages: 
266 pages
Setting: 
Grade / Age level: 
Review: 

Pegeen is the final book in the Bantry Bay Series, which chronicles the O'Sullivan family of Ireland in the 1930s. In this story, Pegeen, an orphan who was befriended by Francie in the previous story, comes to live with the O'Sullivans while waiting to be sent to her uncle in America. A rather wild girl with very little "upbringing", Pegeen gets into all kinds of trouble and adventures. In the midst of all this she manages to win the hearts of the O'Sullivans and does learn to become more responsible for her actions. The conclusion is very sweet and touching. Pegeen will surely capture your heart too!

Perspective: 
Catholic
Review Date: 
12-17-99
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