Leprechaun Goldby Teresa Bateman, Rosanne Litzinger
When Donald O'Dell saves the life of a leprechaun but refuses his offer of gold, he finds his good deed rewarded in an unexpected fashion.
Children's Literature - Karen PorterDonald O'Dell is a good-hearted man with no need for riches. When he saves the life of a leprechaun, he surprises the little man by refusing the leprechaun's offer of gold. The leprechaun is determined that Donald should receive the gold. Their battle of wills is a delightful story which ends happily for all and teaches children a lesson about true riches. Litzinger's illustrations are very well done, and children immediately begin to notice details in the illustrations that add to their understanding of the story.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 2Donald O'Dell, a good-hearted handyman, lives a simple life and longs only for a wife and family. Heading home one day, he happens upon a leprechaun trapped in a bubbling stream. He rescues the wee man, takes him home, and nurses him with a steaming cup and a warm fire. Although tradition dictates giving a sum of gold coins to anyone who saves the life of a leprechaun, Donald refuses the generous offer saying he has enough for his needs. With the statement, "You'll accept the gold, one way or another," the leprechaun hurries on his way. In a battle of wills, the magic of the wee folk wins the day in an unexpected way. The whimsical watercolors in pastel shades complete the fantasy and leave one wishing for an early spring when leprechauns are truly a force to be reckoned with. Children will enjoy looking for the leprechaun's hat in many of the illustrations. Written with a slight Irish brogue, this story would be best read aloud with a wee bit of an accent. Mark this one for your St. Patrick's Day picture-book collection.Kit Vaughan, J. B. Watkins Elementary School, Midlothian, VA
Horn Book MagazineThis genial story administers a slight romantic twist to the usual pot-of-gold theme. Good-hearted Donald O'Dell rescues a drowning lepre-chaun and is offered a gift of gold for his troubles. When Donald replies that he has no need of gold, he quickly learns that the leprechaun won't take no for an answer. The soft-toned pastel and watercolor illustrations show a rather diffident Donald waking up daily to find piles of gold coins on his doorstep, in his coat pocket, in his porridge. He returns the gifts each time to the nearest fairie mound until the day comes when no more gold appears, leaving Donald just a wee bit lonely. The next day, his cow is gone. Taking off in search of it, he comes across a cottage wherein lives the lovely, golden-haired-and equally lonely-Maureen. You can guess the rest. "There's more than one kind of gold in the world," the leprechaun announces by way of a final good-bye. The full-sized illustrations-with their uncluttered compositions and slightly bug-eyed characters-will show up well at story hours; the contrast between Donald's wistful expression early in the story and his shy smile once he arrives at Maureen's cottage tells the story as clearly as do the words. n.v.
Kirkus ReviewsThis charming tale has an Irish lilt that would certainly withstand an energetic reading out loudþand not just on St. Patrick's Day. Donald O'Dell rescues a leprechaun, but he doesn't want the obligatory pot of gold, much to the leprechaun's dismay. Donald O'Dell says, "I have enough for my needs" and "You can keep the gold for yourself." The leprechaun can't accept that, and leaves gold on the doorstep, but Donald O'Dell gives it back. For more than a week the leprechaun tucks gold in pockets, porridge, and shoes, but each time, Donald O'Dell returns it. When Donald O'Dell's cow goes astray, he follows it to a house in the wood where a beautiful golden-haired woman answers his knockþand so the crafty leprechaun delivers his "gold" after all. The soft watercolors are full of funny, smudged details, and the full-face portrait of the lady with the golden hair captures the magic of the text. (Picture book. 5-9)
- Holiday House, Inc.
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- 1 ED
- Product dimensions:
- 8.32(w) x 10.29(h) x 0.34(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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