Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #21: Leprechauns and Irish Folklore: A Nonfiction Companion to "Leprechaun in Late Winter" (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Why do people believe in leprecahuns and fairies? What are the origins of these stories? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

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Overview

Why do people believe in leprecahuns and fairies? What are the origins of these stories? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Did you know that leprechauns are not the only Irish fairies, that ring forts are found all over the Emerald Isle, and the American custom of Halloween had its roots in Irish Celtic culture? To learn more, open this book. The Pope sisters present clear definitions and explanations of types of Irish fairies and what they look like, their music and dance, where they live and where they can be found, and how they are an integral part of Irish culture. There are several stories of interactions with leprechauns and other fairies. Some of the stories are several hundred years old, such as that of Turlough O'Carolan, a blind harper and poet, who fell asleep on a fairy fort and woke up to play the music of the fairies. One of the stories takes place in 1999, when a group of engineers wanted to remove a hawthorn tree in order to build a road. Eddie Lenihan, a renowned storyteller, told them the fairies would be so angry that there would be many traffic accidents on that spot. He convinced them to work around the tree so as not to upset the fairies. Black and white photographs, copies of famous paintings and drawings by Murdocca illuminate the information in the text. Readers will discover ways to protect themselves against fairy mischief. They will find tips about doing research. A bibliography, internet resources, and an index are all part of this very readable and interesting "Magic Tree House Research Guide" intended as a companion to Leprechaun in Winter, book #43 in the "Magic Tree House" series. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606070300
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/12/2010
  • Series: Magic Tree House Fact Tracker Series , #21
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 115
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne

Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce are sisters who grew up on army posts all over the world. Mary is the author of more than 50 acclaimed books for children. Natalie has worked as a children’s librarian and as a teacher of English and ESL.

Sal Murdocca has illustrated more than 200 children’s trade and textbooks. He is also a librettist for children’s opera, a video artist, an avid runner, a hiker, and a bicyclist, and a teacher of children’s illustration at the Parsons School of Design. He lives and works in New York with his wife, Nancy.

Biography

Ever since 1992, Mary Pope Osborne has been thrilling kids everywhere with her delightfully exciting Magic Tree House series. The globetrotting escapades of time travelers Jack and Annie are brimming with adventure and magic (not to mention some subtly placed lessons on history and geography). With a life like Osborne's, it's only natural that she would be capable of bringing such wondrous stories to life.

Osborne was brought up in a military family, and her parents' work led to a lifestyle marked by constant change. "By the time I was 15," she says on randomhouse.com, "I had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida, and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina." While many kids would probably feel disoriented by such constant change, Osborne wouldn't have had it any other way. "Moving was never traumatic for me, but staying in one place was. When my dad finally retired to a small town in North Carolina, I nearly went crazy with boredom. I craved the adventure and changing scenery of our military life."

And adventure is exactly what Osborne got! After college, she embarked on a series of daring treks across the globe that would surely give Jack and Annie a run for their money. "For a while I camped in a cave on the island of Crete," she said. "Then I joined up with a small band of European young people heading to 'The East.' We traveled through 11 Asian countries and nearly lost our lives, first in an earthquake in northern Afghanistan and then in a riot in Kabul."

Following an illness she contracted in Katmandu, Osborne returned home to the U.S. trying her hand at a vast variety of jobs: window dresser, medical assistant, Russian travel consultant, waitress, bartender, and an assistant editor at a children's magazine. Although Osborne had unconsciously moved closer toward her ultimate career, she says that her first attempts at writing seemed to come without warning. "One day, out of the blue, I began writing a story about an 11-year-old girl in the South," she recalls. "The girl was a lot like me, and many of the incidents in the story were similar to happenings in my childhood...it became a young adult novel called Run, Run Fast as You Can. Finally, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up."

She sure did! Since then, Osborne has penned a slew of stories, including picture books, chapter books, middle-grade biographies, and young adult novels; but she is indisputably best known for her wonderful Magic Tree House books, a happy hodge-podge of history and mystery with a time travel theme kids find irresistible. No doubt inspired by Osborne's own highly adventurous life, these exiting expeditions have attracted droves of children and pleased educators by combining compulsively readable storytelling with useful facts about geography and history.

As was written of the series in Children's Literature, "Mary Pope Osborne provides nicely paced excitement for young readers, and there's just enough information mixed in so that children will take away some historical fact along with a sense of accomplishment at having completed a chapter book." As much as Osborne has certainly pleased her readers (not to mention their parents and teachers), perhaps no one is quite as pleased as she. "I'm one of those very lucky people who absolutely loves what they do for a living," she explained. "There is no career better suited to my eccentricities, strengths, and passions than that of a children's book author."

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A few fascinating outtakes from our interview with Osborne:

"One of the most defining experiences of my life was traveling overland in an old van through the Middle East and Asia in the early 1970's. One day, when a small group of us were camped in a remote part of northern Afghanistan, we saw a woman riding horseback over the sloping plain. Her long brown hair floated on the wind and she wore a bright gypsy-style dress. When she got closer, I realized she was one of my roommates from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill! Though I didn't even know she'd left the U.S.—and she didn't know I was in Afghanistan, we weren't that surprised to come upon each other. That says a lot about the times we were living in then."

"After 26 years of living in New York City, my husband Will and I now spend most of our time in Northwestern Connecticut, living in a house that overlooks a lake. We kayak and hike with our two Norfolk terriers, Joey and Mr. Bezo. Will's learning Italian, and I've been working with a tutor for two years trying to understand Dante's Divine Comedy. One of my biggest hobbies is reading philosophy and theology. We spend lots of time, of course, on our work. After writing three shows for the Morehead Planetarium in North Carolina, Will's writing a musical based on the Magic Tree House series. I'm writing book # 38 in the series. I also spend a lot of time with my sister Natalie Pope Boyce who works on the Magic Tree House Research Guides. Natalie and our nephews and some of our best friends live nearby in the Berkshires Hills of Massachusetts, so we're up there a lot, too. My only complaint is there is not enough time to do all I want to do. For instance, I'd love to take drawing classes and I'd love to paint the lake we're living on. And I'd love to bird watch and become a better cook and learn about classical music. Maybe sometime in the future...."

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    1. Hometown:
      Goshen, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 20, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Sill, Oklahoma
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of North Carolina
    2. Website:

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Good book for children or adults

    I bought this for my child, but I enjoyed reading it myself. The book discusses leprechauns, fairies and various mythical creatures from Irish folklore, such as banshees, pookas, and clurichauns. It includes black and white illustrations and photographs of places in Ireland. I also like that the print is large enough to read easily. I would highly recommend this book for any adult or child who is interested in Irish folklore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Good

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    Good irish folklore to get kids started

    I bought this book from a book order for my children who love the Magic Tree House Series. We haven't actually read the book this is a companion for, Leprechauns in Late Winter, but it was interesting nonetheless. It called to mind the Spiderwick Chronicles, just a guide to myths about Leprechauns and Fairies in Ireland. With St. Patrick's Day coming up this seemed like an interesting book. I especially liked some of the illustrations and photographs that went with the text. As a rule though my children are less interested in the companion guides than they are in the fiction stories but the fiction stories have helped up by acting as spring boards to learning more though other books, movies or Internet research.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Dont know what it is yet

    I'm irish so this will be interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    worth the money

    I got this for my kids, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Both my husband and I have Irish heritage, so we want the kids to know about it. Both our kids thought this book was interesting.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Book of Gold

    I bought this book for fun. To teach my granddaughter a little of her Irish heritage. I actually learned a few things, as did my son. She enjoyed it and loved reading it with her parents which was the most important thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

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    Wonderful book about Irish fairies.

    You will learn a lot about Irish folklore. It has many interesting made up creatures. I recommend it very much. (Review by 9 year old)

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