Monday, March 14, 2011

Book List of Irish Tales

We love to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. I grew up in a home that never mentioned the holiday, but Chris's family is proud of their Irish ancestry. I plan a big meal, the boys make a few crafts, and we love to read books about luck and leprechauns.

Tomie De Paola is one of our favorite authors, and we especially love his tales about Jamie O'Rourke, Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato and Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka.  Jamie O'Rourke is a very lazy man and avoids working, but sometimes laziness is more trouble than hard work. 

In Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk, written by Gerald McDermott,  Tim is down on his luck. He goes in search of work, but he finds leprechauns instead of a job. Will the wee folk share their luck with him, and will he be able to keep it from the evil McGoons? 

Fiona's Luck, written by Teresa Bateman, is another engaging tale about luck and leprechauns. The people of Ireland are down on their luck. Fiona devises a plan to get some luck back from the greedy leprechaun king. Fiona saves the day with her quick thinking.

Kate O'Sullivan uses her imaginative stories to save her family and their village from the curse and an angry king in O'Sullivan Stew, written by Hudson Talbot. 

The Blackbird's Nest: Saint Kevin of Ireland, written by Jenny Schroedel, is the story of Kevin's journey to sainthood. It is a simple and beautiful story, and it is a great book to read during Lent.  

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