Here are twenty-five tales retold from other sources; eleven are from Jacobs' Celtic Fairy Tales and More Celtic Fairy Tales (nine from the former, two from the latter) and the majority of these amount to no more than slight simplifications and modernizations of the originals. (The brief nod to assorted sources in the Foreword seems somewhat equivocal under the circumstance.) Sometimes the editing results in a story which is considerably easier to understand; it always results in some loss of the inherent sparkle and flavor. The stories themselves range widely in subject and form from the exploits of the giant Finn to the triumph of a Celtic Cinderella (Fair, Brown and Trembling) to the trickery of Donald O'Neary. Those which are not in the Jacobs collections are not widely available, but, like the aforementioned, they retain little of the local idiom and phrasing. Altogether a pale brew--the malt minus the yeast.