Dear Mr. Leprechaun: Letters from My First Friendship

Dear Mr. Leprechaun: Letters from My First Friendship

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by Martin Nelson Burton, Clint Hansen
     
 

The first friend I ever had was a leprechaun.  We used to write to each other.  I would leave notes for him at bedtime.  In the morning, I would find his answer. So begins this true account of an enchanting correspondence that would last for seven years, and a friendship that would last a lifetime.  The original childhood notes of Martin Nelson

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The first friend I ever had was a leprechaun.  We used to write to each other.  I would leave notes for him at bedtime.  In the morning, I would find his answer. So begins this true account of an enchanting correspondence that would last for seven years, and a friendship that would last a lifetime.  The original childhood notes of Martin Nelson Burton and the warm, fatherly replies of Mr. Leprechaun spring to life in Clint Hansen’s breathtaking paper sculpture world.

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Children's Literature
Burton captures the mystery and poignancy of an elusive friendship in this story of his own childhood correspondence with a leprechaun. From ages seven to eleven, he often wrote to the little man at bedtime and found an answer in the morning. The young narrator longs for the leprechaun to appear, perform magic, and whisk him off to Ireland, but each time the little fellow invents a new excuse. Younger children will enjoy hearing the rich, simple story as they locate the leprechaun on each page, while older children will pore over the replicated notes, searching for clues to the leprechaun's purposes and true identity. Whether the reader dwells in the magic or deduces that Father is fostering this friendship, the book satisfies. The unusual illustrations consist of construction paper cut into shapes, mounted in scenes, and photographed from intriguing perspectives. The textured surface conveys the sensation of a magical multidimensional world just beyond the flat page. Although the tone is nostalgic and the boy never meets his elfin friend, Mr. Leprechaun faithfully answers every letter and leaves behind a trace of his magical world. The boy survives the disappointment as he grows and develops other interests. Burton carries home a profound message without preaching: not all wishes will be satisfied in our relationships, but steadfast affection nourishes our deepest need. This exploration of the give-and-take of friendship is an obvious choice for St. Patrick's Day, and will resonate year-round. 2003, London Town Press, Ages 4 to 9.
— Ann Philips

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780966649000
Publisher:
London Town Press
Publication date:
03/20/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
AD840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 9 Years

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Dear Mr. Leprechaun: Letters from My First Friendship 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a charming, imaginative book! I am always looking for creative books for my 5 children, this one was endearing to read to them. A well told story, with great artwork. My whole family enjoyed this leprechaun treat!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My girls and I loved this book. The story is refreshing -- told from a child's perspective but in a way that adults will enjoy too. It also provides a great insight into father/son relationships--something we see much too infrequently. The illustrations are wonderful as well. This is a must book for St. Patrick's Day, Fathers Day or any occassion.