Traveling Tom and the Leprechaun

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Like many before him, Tom, a traveling minstrel, has fallen in love at first sight with the beautiful princess Kathleen. But Kathleen has vowed only to marry the man who can win a leprechaun's pot of gold. Tom sets out with a clever plan to fool a leprechaun into giving up his fortune. Upon meeting one of the fair folk, Tom charms him with songs and stories. As it turns out, however, Tom's tales hold more truth than trick.
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Like many before him, Tom, a traveling minstrel, has fallen in love at first sight with the beautiful princess Kathleen. But Kathleen has vowed only to marry the man who can win a leprechaun's pot of gold. Tom sets out with a clever plan to fool a leprechaun into giving up his fortune. Upon meeting one of the fair folk, Tom charms him with songs and stories. As it turns out, however, Tom's tales hold more truth than trick.
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Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Princess Kathleen has no particular interest in getting married. However, her father is worried and people are beginning to talk and so Kathleen agrees: She will marry. But she will only marry a man who is able to win a leprechaun's pot of gold in one day. Kathleen does not think this is going to happen—winning a leprechaun's pot of gold is no easy matter—but if it does, she knows her husband will have to be a sharp-witted man with a good sense of humor. Time passes and soon Tom the minstrel comes to the kingdom. Seeing the fair Kathleen and hearing of her vow, Tom decides to try his hand at the challenge. Is Tom up to the task? How will he contend with the dedicated leprechaun? Will he win the hand of the fair Kathleen? If he does, will he even want it? The lilt of Teresa Bateman's brogue comes easily through the text of this charming tale and is visually mirrored in Melisande Potter's delightful gouache, ink, and collage illustrations.
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K-Gr 5
Fair Kathleen, a princess with hair like autumn leaves, will only wed a man with "a daring soul, a keen wit, and a merry heart." She sets her suitors the task of winning a leprechaun's pot of gold in a single day. Traveling Tom is a minstrel who finds a leprechaun on a hillside "where wildflowers were scattered across an emerald meadow like stars in a green sky." With fine harp tunes and grand tales retold, he persuades the fellow that gold only weighs down the pockets and does nothing to lighten the heart. Tom is victorious, yet the leprechaun acquires songs, stories, and fair lasses on the open road in the bargain. Potter's ink, gouache, and collage paintings evoke the Irish countryside as surely as Bateman's lilting storyteller's voice. Through this book filled with rainbows, shamrocks, green patchwork hills, and floating clouds, youngsters will find themselves transported to the Ireland of legend.
—Mary Jean SmithCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823419760
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD1020L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.32 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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