*It reads very dry and with a slang I'm not particularly familiar*
Apparently Yeat's collected these stories from local people throughout the country, and it seems that he transcribed them complete with their local dialects and bits of Gaelic because no two stories read the same. Some are much harder to understand than others.
Needless to say this book, that I picked up in the hopes of sharing quaint stories with my daughter, hasn't been the bedtime reading I was hoping for.
It has, however, been a fun academic exercise for me and I've gotten enough information to share the ideas with the kids.
On our nature hikes we're always on the lookout for evidence of fairies, if not the Fairies themselves!
The Woodland Fairies are a special race of wee folk who live in and protect the trees and forests. Like the wee folk in the old country they are mischievous.
They will wack you with branches or entangle your hair and clothes in the underbrush as you walk through the woods; a problem Ruby Gloom encounters every time she wanders off the trail!
And if ever you should find yourself falling out of a tree, you can be pretty sure it's because the fairy that protects that tree pushed you!