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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme


The King’s Secret by Patricia Forde
Published by The O’Brien Press, 1993
ISBN 0-86278-340-2

The King’s Secret is a modern retelling of the old story of King Lowry Lynch and his horses’ ears in a unique new style that will appeal to young children.

Lowry’s mother, Queenie is quite proud of her son whom she thinks is a very good king.

The King’s Secret by Patricia Forde

He has always gone to bed without a word, never given back-answers and is quite good about tidying his room; just the kind of behaviour you would expect from a king!!! But even perfect kings will pose problems for their mums at some stage or another. Lowry simply will not have his hair cut. No way! And to add insult to injury, he always wears an ugly, battered old hat on top of his curly locks that block the sink and fall in his soup.

Read how Lowry and Seamus, his young barber, bring their pretentious mothers down to earth with a jolt in this amusing retelling of one of Ireland’s famous legends.

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