Traveling Tom and the Leprechaunby Teresa Bateman, Melisande Potter (Illustrator)
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.
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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