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Knut and Freya in Wales by Mary Arrigan
Published by Poolbeg Press Ltd., 2000
ISBN 1-85371-914-5

Knut and Freya in Wales is a Poolbeg Wren story book. It is as suitable for reading aloud to a child as it is for the young reader to attempt alone.

Knutty Knut’s adventure sees him off to Wales to rescue the Da of his best friend Freya. Seven short chapters introduce us to the heroes Knut and Freya and provide the reader with background family information.

Knut and Freya in Wales by Mary Arrigan

Knut’s mum, Helga the Huge allows four Welsh strangers to steal Freya’s Da, Sven the Blacksmith. Helga the Huge blames her son Knut who, instead of advising her to be polite, should have been “thumping those people about” like they normally would have done with people who wandered in.”

The story has all the ingredients of a rescue adventure. Knut the hero sets out to rescue his tearful friend’s Da who is being held hostage by Queen Awllbrann in her Welsh castle. But in doing so he saves the entire kingdom from the invading Saxons, through a combination of wooden helmets, lots of wood shavings and lots of singing.

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