CRRL Kids: Stories from the Emerald Isle
Annotation:Wonderful kids' history writer Fritz tells the lively story of Saint Brendan, who set off in a boat to the West to find paradise and may have found what we call America.
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: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:Jack and Annie are on their third mission to find (and inspire!) creative people to bring happiness to others through the arts. Set in Ireland, Jack and Annie meet an Irish girl and go on a magical adventure that changes the girl's life.
Annotation:Want to learn more about Irish legends? This Magic Tree House non-fiction book gives the background to the story, Leprechaun in Late Winter.
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:A jealous queen curses her stepson, setting him a seemingly impossible task--to bring back three magic horses that belong to a giant.
Annotation:Saint Patrick sends a dream to a poor peddler that takes him on a journey to seek his fortune. Beautifully illustrated, it includes information on Saint Patrick and the sources for 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 is a girl who sees beauty in small things, and it is this gift that brings comfort to her family when they must move to America. A sweetly emotional picture book about a very serious time.
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, who "looked like a rogue and walked like a rascal," has a clever scheme to get annoying leprechauns to leave his hometown.