To make stories read as if they were being told"" has been Padraic Colum's aim and his achievement. From seven of his books, some long out-of-print, comes this collection of original and traditional tales. All are memorable: the fateful tolling of the bells of Ys; cunning Pu-nia outwitting the stupid sharks; the beggar who knew what the law was; Kate Mary Ellen cherishing her bunch of everlasting shamrock. The latter, and the story of Saint Patrick and the Hill of Tara, will be welcome for the wearin' o' the green. It's a welcome collection altogether, a master storyteller at his best.