Jack and the Leprechaun

Jack and the Leprechaun

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by Ivan Robertson
     
 

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It's St. Patrick's Day, and Jack Mouse is visiting his cousin Sean in Ireland. Sean tells Jack about the myth of leprechauns, and Jack is determined to catch one for himself! Children will delight in learning about Irish folk tales and traditions and the customs of St. Patrick's Day in this brand-new Pictureback®.  See more details below

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It's St. Patrick's Day, and Jack Mouse is visiting his cousin Sean in Ireland. Sean tells Jack about the myth of leprechauns, and Jack is determined to catch one for himself! Children will delight in learning about Irish folk tales and traditions and the customs of St. Patrick's Day in this brand-new Pictureback®.

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Children's Literature
When Jack the mouse travels to Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with his Irish cousins, he is indoctrinated into all things Irish. He learns about the shamrock and Irish foods, and of course, the legend of the leprechaun and his pot of gold. Jack comes across Liam the Leprechaun and chases him for his gold, but receives a pot of cheese instead. Since he is a mouse, this suits Jack fine. The author has tried to pull in cultural information about Ireland, even using two terms, which are italicized, from the Irish language. Unfortunately, there are also inaccuracies in the book. For example, the Irish flag is not orange and white, and Danny Boy is not the official song of St. Patrick's Day. The storyline will do little to counter stereotypical thinking about Ireland, and teachers would be better served to read Eve Bunting's St. Patrick's Day in the Morning if they want a St. Patrick's Day read-aloud. 2000, Random House, Ages 4 to 6.
—Sheryl O'Sullivan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375803284
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Pictureback(R) Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
227,670
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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Jack and the Leprechaun (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ivan Robertson writes a delightful yarn about Irish customs and folklore. The story mentions Gaelic, the oldest language in Ireland, the oak club called a shillelagh, and the importance of the three-leaf clover. The 24-page book is recommended for children 3 to 7 years, which I think is appropriate for the age group. The text is easy to read, and doesn't bite off more than it can chew like many works attempt to do. Jack and the Leprechaun is illustrated in watercolor, which is bright and cheerful and bursting with details. One could literally spend an hour looking at all the fine points painted into the scenes. The only inharmonious feature of the book is Katy Bratun's version of the Irish flag. The Irish flag is green, white, and orange not orange, white, and orange. Most readers won't notice such minutia, but it is curious with all the research required for this work, the illustrator got it wrong. I only spotted it because I have a bit of Irish in me. My son, William, is currently into leprechauns, and it's no wonder with his beautiful red hair, and traditional name. He's taking a liking to Jack and the Leprechaun I think mostly because Liam is short for William, and everybody knows leprechauns have red hair. Definitely worth the price!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Baconbabe More than 1 year ago
Was a cute read! My son loved the pictures of the bunnies..
doodlesnana More than 1 year ago
my grandchildren enjoyed the book and wanted to know more about the wee people
LBH219 More than 1 year ago
Finally a cute story about Leprechauns and the other St Paddy's traditions. My 4 yr old twins loved it and kept looking out for Jack the Leprechaun!
lapd00duke More than 1 year ago
Great book for kids