St. Patrick and the Three Brave Mice

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Joyce A. Stengel worked as a registered nurse before pursuing her passion for writing. She received a B.A. in English from the University of Hartford, followed by an M.F.A. from Central Connecticut State University. Stengel has published five previous books, two of which were selected as Scholastic Book Fair choices. She lives in Connecticut with her husband.

Herb Leonhard has worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for more than two decades, and his work has won ...

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Overview

Joyce A. Stengel worked as a registered nurse before pursuing her passion for writing. She received a B.A. in English from the University of Hartford, followed by an M.F.A. from Central Connecticut State University. Stengel has published five previous books, two of which were selected as Scholastic Book Fair choices. She lives in Connecticut with her husband.

Herb Leonhard has worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for more than two decades, and his work has won gold, silver, and merit awards. He specializes in children's book illustrations, portraiture based on music and entertainment themes, fantasy, and floral and landscape images. Leonhard lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, son, horse, two cats, and many chickens.

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In this original spin-off of a renowned legend, a snake filches the hand bell that St. Patrick had used to drive all the other snakes out of Ireland. Witnessing the deed, the little mouse Tulla follows the snake back to its den, then with help from her two brothers drags the bell back to the sleeping Saint. Up rears the wrathful snake; can Tulla ring the bell before she becomes another victim? The mice look particularly tiny, the snake particularly cunning in Leonhard's shadowy nighttime scenes-and Patrick, awakened, is appropriately awesome in his flowing green and gold-trimmed robes. The briefly told tale doesn't quite match Sheila MacGill-Callahan's The Last Snake in Ireland (1999), illustrated by Will Hillenbrand (an entirely different story), for action or lively language, but it does offer a courageous heroine and a good measure of suspense. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589806634
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/21/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,440,943
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce A. Stengel worked as a registered nurse for twenty years before she followed her passion of writing and received a B.A in English from the University of Hartford in 1980, followed by a M.F.A from Central Connecticut State University in 1988. She has since published five books, three of which were selected as an Aladdin Scholastic Book Fair Choice.

Herb Leonhard has worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for more than two decades. He specializes in children's book illustrations, portraiture based on music and entertainment themes, fantasy, floral, and landscape images. Through his advertising work, Leonhard has won numerous gold, silver, and merit awards. He has also designed various promotional materials in support of local and national charities.

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

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    A sweet tale that introduces the legend of St. Patrick

    A long time ago, snakes inhabited the island of Ireland. That is until St. Patrick came along and drove all the slithering creatures into the ocean by ringing a bell. St. Patrick thought all the snakes were gone, but one sneaky snake escaped.

    One night while St. Patrick slept serenely under a tree, three little mice, Tulla, Ryan and Brian, cuddled in their nearby nest. Ryan and Brian were fast asleep but Tulla was restive and wandered away from the cozy nest to find St. Patrick, loudly snoring. Next to the man was the glowing bell that he had used to chase the snakes away. As Tulla watched, the last snake in Ireland snuck up to St. Patrick and stole the bell. The snake knew that without the bell, there was no way for St. Patrick to chase the snake off the island.

    What could Tulla do? She had to find a way to get the bell back to St. Patrick. Waking up her two friends, they soon devised a way to retrieve the bell. Would they be able to get the bell without waking up the snake? Or would they be the snake's next meal?

    St. Patrick and the Three Brave Mice is a sweet story that introduces children to the legend of St. Patrick and the snakes of Ireland. There's even an author's note at the end that provides further information on St. Patrick. The drawings are beautiful, with plenty of detail in each picture. The mice look cute enough to hug, with extremely expressive faces. The snake, too, is quite detailed and realistic looking; he might be a bit scary to younger or more impressionable children. However, for children who love a good action story, with plenty of suspense (Will the mice get the bell? Will they escape the snake?), there's plenty in this book to keep them cheering.

    Quill says: An engaging story that introduces children to the legend of St. Patrick.

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