St. Patrick and the Three Brave Mice

St. Patrick and the Three Brave Mice

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by Joyce Stengel, Herb Leonhard
     
 

In this entertaining children's tale, St. Patrick has driven the snakes out of Ireland, but one crafty, clever snake escaped. Ryan, Brian, and Tulla do not want to become tasty mouse meals for this reptile! So they gather their courage and devise a crafty, clever--and risky--plan of their own to help St. Patrick find the sneaky snake.

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In this entertaining children's tale, St. Patrick has driven the snakes out of Ireland, but one crafty, clever snake escaped. Ryan, Brian, and Tulla do not want to become tasty mouse meals for this reptile! So they gather their courage and devise a crafty, clever--and risky--plan of their own to help St. Patrick find the sneaky snake.

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Kirkus Reviews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589806634
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/21/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Joyce A. Stengel is an award-winning children’s book author with a passion for telling enchanted tales. Her interest in mysteries dates back to a childhood fascination with Nancy Drew books, which showed her how to create a likeable protagonist and how to cleverly introduce clues to the reader. Stengel’s previous titles include St. Patrick and the Three Brave Mice, published by Pelican, and Aladdin Scholastic Book Fair Choices Mystery of the Island Jewels and Mystery at Kittiwake Bay. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Herb Leonhard received a BFA in illustration from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. His award-winning work has appeared in D Magazine, among other publications. He is the illustrator of several other Pelican books, including St. Patrick and the Three Brave Mice, Way Out West on My Little Pony, A Southern Child’s Garden of Verses, Leonardo’s Monster, I Know a Librarian Who Chewed on a Word, A Is for Alliguitar: Musical Alphabeasts, and Southern Mother Goose. Leonhard lives in Prosser, Washington.

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St. Patrick and the Three Brave Mice 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago