St. Patrick's Day

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Who was St. Patrick? Who do people wear green on St. Patrick's Day? What is a Shillelagh? The new editions of 'Holiday Histories' describe holidays and special days that are celebrated in the United States. Discover the history behind each holiday or special day. Learn why these days are important.

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Overview

Who was St. Patrick? Who do people wear green on St. Patrick's Day? What is a Shillelagh? The new editions of 'Holiday Histories' describe holidays and special days that are celebrated in the United States. Discover the history behind each holiday or special day. Learn why these days are important.

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Editorial Reviews

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Several interesting facts can be gleaned from this book: the first American St. Patrick's Day celebration was held in Boston in 1737; "St. Patrick" was the secret password used by General George Washington on March 17, 1776; and St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Well organized, it includes historical information about St. Patrick, the Irish in America, and symbols such as the shamrock, the harp and shillelagh. Color photos add additional information, not all of it accurate. Under the picture on page five, the caption states that "the girl in the middle of the picture is wearing a shamrock on her pin." Actually, it is a four-leaf clover. Later in the book there is a whole chapter about the shamrock and its description states, it "is a small green plant with three leaves." In addition, the author says that "each leaf stood for a part of the Christian religion." This is a misleading description. In the presentation on the Irish in America, Gillis states that the American colonists welcomed people from Ireland. In the next chapter, she says that in the 1800s the Irish were treated cruelly in America. No explanation is provided about what caused the change. Includes a glossary, lists three books in the "More Books to Read" section, an index and a table of important dates. Part of the "Holiday Histories" series from Heinemann first Library. 2003, Heinemann Library, Ages 6 to 9.
—Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432910525
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Holiday Histories Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,398,461
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Blizin Gillis writes poetry and nonfiction books for children. She first became interested in the Civil War while living near Fredericksburg, Virginia, close to many battlefields. She lives on a former dairy farm in Pittsboro, North Carolina, with her husband, a dog, and a cat.

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Table of Contents

It's St. Patrick's Day! 4
St. Patrick's Day from Town to Town 6
Honoring St. Patrick 8
Early Life 10
A New Religion 12
St. Patrick's Day in the Colonies 14
The Irish in America 16
Gifts from Ireland 18
An American Idea 20
The Wearing of the Green 22
Shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day 24
Harps, Little People, and Shillelaghs 26
An American Holiday 28
Important Dates 30
Glossary 31
More Books to Read 31
Index 32
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