Leprechauns Never Lie

Leprechauns Never Lie

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by Lorna Balian, Lecia Balian

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Ninny Nanny and Gram decide to catch a leprechaun and use his pot of gold to solve their problems. But finding the fortune is a lot of work! Told in sweet lifting Irish brogue. Ages 4-8


Ninny Nanny and Gram decide to catch a leprechaun and use his pot of gold to solve their problems. But finding the fortune is a lot of work! Told in sweet lifting Irish brogue. Ages 4-8

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Ninny Nanny and Gram lived together in a cottage that was falling down around them. The young girl was a lazybones and would not fix the roof, gather wood for the fire, fill the water barrel or harvest the potatoes. Gram was a mite frustrated, but Ninny Nanny has decided that she is going to catch a leprechaun and the pot of gold will solve all of their problems. Amazingly, the girl did catch one or actually she tripped and fell on a leprechaun and would not let him go. After he is safely tied in a potato sack, she asks the leprechaun where to find his gold. He tells her it is under the pile of straw and to get it out of the way, Ninny Nanny piles it all on the roof. Turns out it wasn't there and then the wee little man remembers that he moved it under a pile of wood, so Ninny Nanny ends up moving all of the sticks near the house. The gold is nowhere to be found and the leprechaun tells her that it is in the river. After filling the water barrel, he suddenly remembers that the gold is in the potato patch. Ninny Nanny digs up all but one of the plants and never discovers any gold, but does end up freeing the leprechaun because she needs the sack for the potatoes. Later that night he comes back and digs up the pot of gold from under the remaining potato plant—"Aye, leprechauns never lie." Kids and adults will enjoy the lessons in this tale and the illustrations are perfect, showing a mischievous leprechaun enjoying every minute of the work that Ninny Nanny is forced to undertake in her search for the gold. 2004 (orig. 1980), Star Bright Books, Ages 5 up.
—Marilyn Courtot

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Star Bright Books, Incorporated
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Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)
AD850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Leprechauns Never Lie 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Each year I read this story in our lower elementary school classes. (It's a particularly pleasin' story to read it with a bit of an Irish lilt.) The illustrations are simply wonderful. And the story has timeless appeal. Your family will love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been our family favorite for many years. One of the most clever stories I've ever read. Ninny Nanny captures a Leprechaun, but will she be able to get her hands on the Leprechaun's treasure of gold? I simply love the illustrations, they are some of the finest ever. Lorna Balian has a true gift from God. Now that this book is in full color, the illustrations are even more gorgeous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gram is ailling, and Ninny Nanny her lazy daughter won't pitch in to help around the house. She would rather do things the "easy way" and cath a leprechaun. When she does, the sly wee Irish man doesn't tell her where he has hidden the gold "recently". Each place he says the gold is, there's a job to be done to find it. The leprechaun doesn't lie when she asks him the last time for the gold, but with all the chores done and their stomachs full, the leprechaun digs up the last potatoe plant and flees into the night with his pot of gold while the two sleep happily in their hut.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago