The Cottage at Bantry Bay

  • Title: The Cottage at Bantry Bay
  • Author: Hilda van Stockum
  • ISBN: 9781883937065
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Cottage at Bantry Bay It isn t always easy raising a family without much money but the O Sullivans prove that it is not only possible but that there is no price tag on fun and adventure Father Mother Michael Brigid an
    It isn t always easy raising a family without much money, but the O Sullivans prove that it is not only possible, but that there is no price tag on fun and adventure Father, Mother, Michael, Brigid and twins Francie and Liam share a warm and mirthful existence in their cottage at Bantry Bay the fullness of which spills out into the Irish countryside round about Michael aIt isn t always easy raising a family without much money, but the O Sullivans prove that it is not only possible, but that there is no price tag on fun and adventure Father, Mother, Michael, Brigid and twins Francie and Liam share a warm and mirthful existence in their cottage at Bantry Bay the fullness of which spills out into the Irish countryside round about Michael and Brigid brave gypsies, bogs and lonely roads to sell a donkey in Kenmare for much needed cash, bringing back with them an outcast gypsy dog It is this dog, Bran, who brings help to lost and hurting Francie and Liam when they have followed, in play, the English army too far from home Bran also uncovers a secret which will enable Francie to be sent to Dublin for an operation on his foot Here is a picture of an Ireland that once was a story which is yet wonderfully timeless in its celebration of family love and hope Ages 10 and up.

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    About Hilda van Stockum


    1. Born February 9, 1908, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Hilda van Stockum was a noted author, illustrator and painter, whose work has won the Newbery Honor and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Award She was also a charter member of the Children s Book Guild and the only person to have served as its president for two consecutive terms.Van Stockum was raised partly in Ireland, and also in Ymuiden, the seaport of Amsterdam, where her father was port commander With no car and few companions, she recalled turning to writing out of boredom She was also a talented artist A penchant for art evidently ran in the family, which counted the van Goghs as distant relatives In the 1920s, she worked as an illustrator for the Dublin based publishing house, Browne Nolan She illustrated her first book, an Irish reader, in 1930, and her last book in 2001, giving her a 71 year career as a book illustrator Van Stockum attended art school in Amsterdam and later in Dublin, where she met and later married Ervin Ross Spike Marlin, who at the time was her brother Willem s roommate at Trinity College Willem Van Stockum was killed piloting a bomber over France in 1944 Van Stockum memorialized him in her book The Mitchells 1945 , about the travails of raising a family in Washington, D.C during the war She often used her family as models for the written and illustrated characters in her books.Not surprisingly then, Van Stockum was, in fact, raising a family in Washington, D.C at the time, having married Marlin, who by 1935 was a Roosevelt administration official.She had written and illustrated her first book for children, A Day on Skates, in 1934 It had a foreword by her aunt by marriage, Edna St Vincent Millay, and won a Newbery Honor During the next four decades she averaged one book per year written, illustrated, translated or some combination Van Stockum and the couple s six children were in tow for Marlin s peripatetic assignments, and it seems nothing short of miraculous that she managed to write and illustrate a score of children s books In addition, she translated and illustrated editions of many other authors.Asked in 1942 by the Washington Post how she did it, Van Stockum replied with characteristic aplomb, By neglecting my other duties Highly organized in her work, she illustrated and painted in the winter and wrote in the summer, when she could get her children out of the house.Known for their warm, vivid, and realistic depictions of family life in the face of danger and difficulties, van Stockum s books typically featured families and were set wherever she happened to be living Francie on the Run 1939 , about a child who escapes from a hospital, was set in Ireland Friendly Gables 1958 completed the Mitchells saga by then they had moved to Montreal from Washington.Her most popular book, The Winged Watchman 1962 is the story of two Dutch boys who help the Resistance during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II The book is based on letters Hilda received from relatives in the Netherlands, and has been praised for conveying an accurate sense of life under Nazi occupation Hilda van Stockum died in 2006 at the age of 98.


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    1. Mother and Father O'Sullivan of Glengarriff, County Cork, Ireland have four children: older siblings Michael and Brigid, and twins Liam and Francie. Each chapter of this novel relates an episode from the lives of these vibrant characters as they do things like deliver a donkey to market, befriend a strange dog, and pal around with Paddy the Piper, a traveling musician who turns up now and again to visit his widowed mother.In many ways, this book is to Ireland what Kate Seredy's books are to Hung [...]

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    2. We picked this up in our church library, but after reading (mostly skimming, a quick read) I thought that was funny, because maybe it has some catholic elements, but nothing out of the ordinary for a story about a family who is Catholic. It was a nice story about the Irish countryside family life of the past. Maybe a brief episode of violence from the "gypsies" and their mistreatment of a dog, but the dog was taken home and redeemed (after a few misunderstandings requiring some training for the [...]

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    3. The Cottage at Bantry Bay holds a lot of fond childhood memories! As a child, I don't know how many times I flipped through this book just to look at the pictures or reread the humorous parts. It is a simple but charming story of a rowdy, adventurous Irish family whose lives are anything but dull. The beautiful and unique illustrations add to the story. If you read this one, you have to read its companion books, Francie on the Run and Pegeen.

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    4. In this book, set in post-"Troubles" Ireland, we meet the loving, resourceful O'Sullivan family.I found this book very entertaining, even as an adult reader! I enjoy the quiet faith exhibited by the family and their friends.

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    5. I just love this author and her characters. I read this book aloud to Paul (my 7 yr. old son). It was a little different reading a book set in Ireland, and some customs and words were new to us.

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    6. There is not a book that I've read yet by Van Stockum that I haven't liked. Good clean stories. A sense of humor, and excellently written.

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    7. This book baffles me. I picked it up once and there was a chapter in which the family finds a Fairy Mound and goes inside. To this day I cannot find that chapter again. It's very odd to me.

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    8. The O’Sullivan family is an Irish family doing their best to get by in the first half of the 1900s (1930s, I think). The four kids (Michael, Brigid, Liam, and Francis) star prominently in this book. First published in 1938, the book is a fun and quaint look at Irish country living of the same time period.The story starts off with the eldest two kids on a small adventure. Their father has sprained his ankle and can’t take the donkey to market. So off the kids go with packed lunches to sell th [...]

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    9. Nice enough, but not great. Similar to the series books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Eleanor Estes (the Moffats), Elizabeth C. Spykman (Terrible, Horrible Edie et al.) and more. The difference is the influence of Irish Catholic tradition and values.

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    10. I read this in college and don't remember anything about it, but per my original journal comments: "You never know quite what you're going to find in the 'drab cloth covers/little-to-no-summary-detail' older section of the library's juvenile shelves, but I usually walk away with something good. This was no exception. Cute old tale of an Irish family."

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    11. This is the first book in the trilogy about the O'Sullivan family living on the south coast of Ireland, in the old days when Ireland was still full of leprechauns if you knew how to spot them - not by looking at them directly but out of the corner of your eyes.

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    12. I read and reread this book so many times when I was little. The family love and friendship got me every time. I still read it every once in a while. Hilda van Stockum has always been one of my favorites.

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    13. While I loved The Borrowed House by the same author and I had just been to Bantry Bay, Ireland when I read this, I found it boring as not much happens.

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    14. I read this book when I was 11 years old.

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    15. In the series of the Winged Watchman. Loved it!

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    16. 10YO girl liked a lot.

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    17. Well written Irish family story with appeal for all ages.

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