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The Irish Cinderlad | an Irish Cinderella Tale - Alder & Alouette

The Irish Cinderlad | an Irish Fairy Tale

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The Irish Cinderlad

Ever since he was a baby, Becan's only worry has been his big feet--until his widowed father remarries. His new stepmother and her three daughters feed him crusts of bread and banish him to work in the fields. So Becan runs away.

With the help of his only friend, a magical bull, he defeats a giant, slays a dragon, and rescues a princess. But before she can thank him, Becan disappears, leaving behind him one of his enormous boots. The princess scours the kingdom for the owner of the giant boot. Will Becan's feet give him away? And what will his fate be if they do?

Folklorist Shirley Climo retells an age-old Irish tale that is an unusual twist on the popular Cinderella story. Just like his female counterpart, Becan has a mean stepmother and stepsisters. Unlike Cinderella, Becan has large feet and a magical bull for a fairy godmother.

He defeats a sword-swinging giant, slays a fire-breathing dragon, and rescues a princess. But before the princess can thank him, he runs off, leaving her with only an enormous boot to aid her in the search for her rescuer. And, as in all Cinderella stories, true love prevails.



  • The Irish Cinderlad
  • Written by Shirley Climo and illustrated by Loretta Krupunski. 
  • Published by Harper Collins, January 26, 2000.
  • Ages 4 to 8 years
  • 0.13" H x 9.8" L x 7.78" W (0.29 lbs) 32 pages
  • Softcover