The Story of the Leprechaun
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The Story of the Leprechaun

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by Katherine Tegen, Sally Anne Lambert
     
 

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In a faraway village lives a talented little shoemaker—who also happens to be a leprechaun. He keeps the gold that he earns from making shoes hidden away in his home, where he thinks it will be safe. But one day a greedy man named Tim spies the leprechaun's pot of gold and tries to steal it! How can the little leprechaun outsmart Tim and make sure his pot of

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In a faraway village lives a talented little shoemaker—who also happens to be a leprechaun. He keeps the gold that he earns from making shoes hidden away in his home, where he thinks it will be safe. But one day a greedy man named Tim spies the leprechaun's pot of gold and tries to steal it! How can the little leprechaun outsmart Tim and make sure his pot of gold will be safe forever?

In this original tale, Katherine Tegen has captured the magic of the wily leprechaun, while Sally Anne Lambert's glowing illustrations bring him to life.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debby Willett
This little man was a very good shoemaker, and he kept his gold earnings well hidden. Everyone around knew he was a leprechaun, but no one tried to bother his gold—yet. It was a man named Tim who first tried to steal from the leprechaun. Tim saw the shoemaker's gold and decided he just had to have it for himself. He knew the shoemaker was a leprechaun and that if he could catch him, he would be granted three wishes. The little man knew what Tim really wanted, and he was ready for the three wishes. Tim's violet-blue shoes were ready, but Tim was too quick for the shoemaker. Though the little man had been caught, Tim's three wishes were borne of greed and the leprechaun was able to trick him. In the end, the leprechaun decided he needed a better place to hide his gold. Wonder where that could be..? The charming pencil illustrations are excellent representations for this story. Who knew what a leprechaun looked like? The images are so colorful, yet the frustration on Tim's face when he cannot find the shoemaker's gold is perfect. Reviewer: Debby Willett
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A leprechaun is a busy shoemaker for humans and fairies alike. When his profits cause his pot of gold to overflow, he buries it for safekeeping, but not before a greedy human spies it. Aware that catching a leprechaun means being granted three wishes, Tim grabs him and demands first to know the location of the gold and then to be given 100 pairs of shoes. His final wish is to have three more wishes, but the leprechaun says it is "a greedy trick" that "cannot be granted." When he shows Tim the spot where the gold is buried, the young man marks it with a shoe on top of a long, upright stick. Tim returns with a shovel, but he finds that the field where the treasure is buried is now covered with 200 shoes on top of as many sticks stuck in the ground. After digging many, many holes, he gives up and tries to collect the shoes, but they disappear at his touch. After the tricked man leaves, the leprechaun moves his treasure to a magic place—the end of a rainbow. As in The Story of the Easter Bunny (HarperCollins, 2005), text and artwork are a perfect match, and Lambert captures the cozy charm of the leprechaun and his surroundings. The endpapers feature a map of the village, including Peat Bogs (Where Goblins Live), Enchanted Forest, and Fairy Ring. A good addition for St. Patrick's Day collections—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061430862
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/25/2011
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
337,447
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Katherine Tegen has been writing stories since she was ten years old. She has always loved celebrating holidays and anything to do with magic. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Story of the Easter Bunny, illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert and praised by School Library Journal: "This visually splendid story with folktale rhythms makes a good choice for holiday sharing." She lives in New York City.

Sally Anne Lambert has illustrated a number of children’s books, including The Story of the Easter Bunny and The Story of the Leprechaun by Katherine Tegen; Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale by Candace Fleming; and Barkus, Sly and the Golden Egg by Angela McAllister. Ms. Lambert lives in Liverpool, England. You can visit her online at www.sallyannelambert.com.

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