CRRL Kids: Stories from the Emerald Isle
Annotation:Tom is clever and when he sees a leprechaun he knows just what to do and what not to do to capture the little man in order to have his gold. But leprechauns are tricky and Tom learns the hard way that a leprechaun enjoys “playing” the fool in order to keep his gold.
Annotation:Irish giant Finn McCool is told that in order to become wise he must catch and eat the salmon that possesses knowledge, but Finn finds that he cannot bring himself to kill the miraculous fish.
Annotation:Poor Tom is a wandering minstrel of Ireland. Alas, his harp is old and battered. Then out of nowhere he is made an offer he can’t refuse for a harp of gold. But this “gift” has an unexpected price. A fun tale to celebrate one of Ireland’s national symbols.
Annotation:“Jamie O’Rourke was the laziest man in all of Ireland.” He lives off the hard work of his good and loving wife until she hurts her back and must stay in bed. By chance Jamie comes upon a leprechaun and soon finds himself the owner of the largest potato ever. So large, in fact, it takes the entire village to dig it and eat it. A fun tale you will be lucky to share! Also available as a board book.
Annotation:Chronicles the adventures of the King of Ireland's eldest and wildest son, describing how he encounters an enchanter's daughter, the king of the cats, Gilly of the goat-skin, and numerous others.
Annotation:"Nine-year-old Lara is the daughter of the leader of her cattle-raising clan. While she spends her days tending to the cattle, her heart lies with her beloved gray mare. When Lara goes to the highlands to set the cattle out to graze, she finds the mare in the process of a difficult birth. Lara vows to take care of the foal as a dying promise to the gray mare, and with the help of a childless milk-cow, she cares for the spindly-legged filly. But just when she is confident that the foal can survive, a rival clan captures them both and throws Lara's life into turmoil. When the filly is eventually given to a titled baron in the castle town of Athenry, Lara, determined to stay with the horse no matter what, goes along. Together, she and her beloved horse face seemingly insurmountable challenges, but all along Lara keeps two things in mind. One day, she will manage to flee, and will set off in search of the family that she was taken from. And she will not leave without her silver mare." First of a series.
Annotation:Before he becomes a saint, Patrick drives all the snakes but one out of Ireland and that last one he throws into Scotland's Loch Ness.
Annotation:Jack and Annie are on their third mission to find (and inspire!) creative people to bring happiness to others through the arts (Mozart and Louis Armstrong so far). Set in Ireland, Jack and Annie meet an Irish girl and go on a magical adventure that changes the girl's life--she grows up to be Lady Gregory, who helped bring back the Irish legends, started a theater, and helped the Irish people regain both their heritage and their pride.
Annotation:"When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late Winter, they had lots of questions. What are leprechauns? How do we know many of the old Irish stories? How do fairies spend their time? Who speaks the Irish language? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures."
Annotation:Gram is ailing and Ninny Nanny, too lazy to care for their simple needs, says she'll catch a leprechaun to discover his hidden gold. Gram thinks it won't work--but does it?
Annotation:In the mid-1800s, Nory and her neighbor and friend, Sean, set out separately on a dangerous journey from famine-plagued Ireland, hoping to reach a better life in America.
Annotation:Who is the strongest giant in all of Ireland? With the help of his smart wife Finn McCool is about to prove himself once and for all. This is a simple version of a favorite Irish tale.
Annotation:This is a grand tale set in the small Irish village of Crookhaven. Kate comes to the rescue of the village witch when everyone says she’s not “one of us.” Kate then saves herself and her family from a sentence of death by cooking up four exciting stories within a story as her imagination stirs together monsters, giants, sea serpents and leprechauns.
Annotation:In this retelling of an Irish folktale, the Prince of Ireland's stepmother curses him to stay no longer than two nights anywhere until he brings her a giant's horses from the western edge of the world.
Annotation:When a poor Irish peddler follows the instructions given to him by Saint Patrick in a dream, his life is greatly changed. Includes background on Saint Patrick and on the origin of the story.
Annotation:A family retells the story of the shillelagh that was whittled from a tree. During the Irish potato famine, Fergus and his family left for America. But first Fergus cut a branch from a blackthorn tree to take a piece of Ireland with him.
Annotation:Shannon is a stepdancer with a broken shoe. How can she ever win the Saint Patrick's Day stepdancing contest? Enter Liam, the world's tallest leprechaun. A leprechaun grants wishes, right?
Annotation:Darcy Heart O'Hara, a young Irish girl who neglects her chores to observe the beauties of nature and everyday life, shares "family memories" with her homesick parents and siblings after the O'Haras are forced to emigrate to America in the 1840s.
Annotation:"This enchanting collection of favorite Irish folk tales deserves to be read aloud at every hearth. Described by Malachy Doyle in captivating language, the larger-than-life characters, dramatic landscapes, and magical happenings of all the tales, including the famous legend of the bewitched Children of Lir, are also brought vividly to life by the luminous art of Niamh Sharkey, making this a book that will transport readers to another world for many happy hours."
Annotation:Poor Tim and his wife Kathleen have little, not a penny or potato. When Tim goes out looking for a job he finds a group of leprechauns and demands their gold. Through his own foolishness and some trickery Tim gets more than he bargains for.
Annotation:Finn O'Finnegan returns home after a year in Dublin and when he finds his village taken over by leprechauns, he must devise a way to get them to leave without making them angry.