Saturday, March 17, 2018

Éirinn go Brách: Books for St. Patrick's Day

Éirinn go Brách!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!Being of Irish descent, I will be wearin' o' my green today and readin' o' these books:

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland
by Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola retells many of the stories of saints. His illustrations are beautiful and this one is of particular note as it's the story of St. Patrick as he is kidnapped and taken to Ireland. While there he receives visions and begins to convert the Irish peoples to Christianity.

There weren't any snakes I've been told, but Tomie recreates that story, among others of Patrick's life.
Including where Patrick teaches about the Trinity using a shamrock

Fiona's Luck
by Teresa Bateman

Fiona is a sassy, smarty young Irish lass. She uses all her wit and wisdom and outsmarts a band of leprechauns, including their king. A fun retelling of  an Irish folktale.

Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato
by Tomie dePaola

Tomie comes in again with another retelling of an Irish folktale. Jamie O'Rourke is lazy, so lazy in fact that he is the laziest man in all of Ireland. When his wife is injured and no longer can do any work, it falls upon Jamie. When he runs across a leprechaun and is able to make a wish he wishes for the biggest potato ever. He thinks his problems with work will all be solved. But alas.... 

Tomie did another retelling of Jamie O'Rourke, as well as one of Fin M'Coul. Fin is the giant credited with creating the Giants Causeway in Ireland:

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Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk
by Gerald McDermott

Tim O'Toole is very poor but when he encounters a band of leprechauns and steals their golden goose, he thinks all of his problems will be solved. Is Tim really smart enough to trick the leprechauns? Probably not and a fun retelling of another folktale ensues.

Tales from Old Ireland
by Malachy Doyle

This is a beautifully illustrated collection of seven Irish folktales. Wonderfully written, and fun to read aloud. 

The Wishing of Biddy Malone
by Joy Cowley

Biddy stumbles across a fairy village and is given three wishes but soon learns that not everything easily attained is good and sometimes everything you really need is found within yourself.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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