Fatty and the Ogres

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Fatty and the Ogres is a lively, rhymed story – great fun for children as well as adults –  based on a 600 year old Irish  folk tale. The original purpose of the story was to give hope to the oppressed Irish that they could outwit the greedy Londoners, who seemed to want to gobble them up. 

Ruth Andrews heard the story from Nicholas Lindsay of Edisto Island. Nick heard it from his wife’s family, the Easley’s, who heard it from the Sloans. Susan Sloan brought it to America from County Down, Ireland, in 1790. 

An older version of the story may be found in Yankee Notions, Or, Whittlings of Jonathon’s Jack-knife, Volume 1, 1852. 

“As I’ve told the story over the years I’ve become more and more interested in the Ogres. After all, in a free society we can afford to be curious about villains. It’s fun to imagine an Ogre who doesn’t regret trading a tasty dinner for an enchanting song.”

Fatty’s song of Enchantment: The older words to the song are Feed Mananny, feed Mannay, feedum, feedum, feedum, feedum, Feed Mananny, feed Mananny, Song of a tortoise shell.

This is an ancient prayer song to Manananm ruler of the Undersea Kingdon. His home is the Isle of Mann.

Ruth’s jazzed-up version is now available in three formats:

Live: contact Ruth at rutabegus@yahoo.com to request a one-hour program of stories, or a book-signing.



Jennifer Ray, Cass District Library, Cassopolis, MIchigan jray@cass.lib.mi.us

Margaret Kownover, Goshen Public Library, Goshen, Indiana mkownover@goshenpl.lib.in.us

Karine Knopf, Charleston Public Library, Charleston, SC Knopfk@ccpl.org

Book: Click on the link below to order a book on amazon:

Fatty and the Ogres

CD/CD plus book: Contact Ruth at rutabegus@yahoo.com to order a  20-minute audio book of the story. $6 including shipping. The combination  of book plus CD is an excellent tool for beginning readers,  and is available for $18 by contacting Ruth. 


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