Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun

Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun

by Sean Callahan, Kathleen Kemly

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Shannon is a stepdancer with a broken shoe. How can she ever win the Saint Patrick's Day stepdancing contest? Enter Liam, the world's tallest leprechaun. A leprechaun grants wishes, right?See more details below

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Shannon is a stepdancer with a broken shoe. How can she ever win the Saint Patrick's Day stepdancing contest? Enter Liam, the world's tallest leprechaun. A leprechaun grants wishes, right?

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Children's Literature - Lilliam Oliva Collmann
As the St. Patrick's Day stepdance contest approaches, Shannon doubts her stepdancing skills. She feels at a disadvantage because she does not look like a typical stepdancer. She does not have an expensive dress, a curly wig and brand-new hard shoes, like the other competitors do. When a heel breaks off one of her second-hand shoes, Shannon feels desperate. Then she remembers what her dad once told her when she was sad, that if she counts in Gaelic backwards, a leprechaun might appear to grant her a wish. Like Shannon, the leprechaun that appears does not fit the traditional mold: he is tall, not small. Rather than granting Shannon the brand-new stepdance outfit she wishes for, the world's tallest leprechaun decides to teach Shannon a valuable lesson: It's not what you look like that matters, but how you become the best that you can be. He helps Shannon win the contest by teaching her how to fix her shoe, then having her teach him how to stepdance. The best way to become better at something, he urges Shannon, is to teach someone else to do it! The author succinctly recounts the tale of the leprechaun in a way that makes it relevant to children today, conveying that the fabled pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is really within you, yours for the taking, if you believe in yourself. The illustrations aptly complement this whimsical story. Reviewer: Lilliam Oliva Collmann
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4- A tale of leprechaun magic set in modern times. Shannon has been practicing hard for the Saint Patrick's Day step dance contest at the Irish-American Heritage Center, but she doesn't think she'll win because of her homemade dress and secondhand shoes. When she breaks a heel, she despairs, realizing that her parents cannot afford another pair of shoes. She remembers a family superstition and counts backward in Gaelic. To her amazement, a leprechaun-one who is almost six feet tall and garbed in a green suit and leather apron-materializes and offers to grant her three wishes. Liam fulfills her first request, for new dancing gear, by showing her how to take care of the things she already has and repairing the broken heel. He deals with her other wishes in equally roundabout ways, causing her to doubt his abilities, but, by contest time, Shannon has not only made a friend, but has also learned that passion and practice are much more important than appearances. Callahan's text is filled with amusing dialogue that keeps the story from becoming message-heavy. Kemly's vibrant pastels play up the surprise and humor of a very tall "wee man" and provide colorful backdrops for the action. A fresh choice for holiday programs or in communities where Irish dance is popular.-Joy Fleishhacker , School Library Journal

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Whitman, Albert & Company
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8.12(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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