Stories from the Emerald Isle

A Fine St. Patrick's Day

By Susan Wojciechowski

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Every St. Patrick's Day two Irish towns compete for the best decorations. But no one has counted on a stranger arriving who will turn the contest upside down!
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Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure

By Robert San Souci

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In this retelling of an Irish folktale, a brave young woman battles a sea serpent and rescues her true love from a giant.

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Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story

By Linda Shute

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Tom is clever and when he sees a leprechaun he knows just what to do and what not to do to capture the little man in order to have his gold. But leprechauns are tricky and Tom learns the hard way that a leprechaun enjoys “playing” the fool in order to keep his gold.

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Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill

By Tomie de Paola

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Fin M'Coul's wife, Oonagh, helps him outwit his arch rival, Cucullin.

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Finn McCool and the Great Fish

By Eve Bunting

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Irish giant Finn McCool is told that in order to become wise he must catch and eat the salmon that possesses knowledge, but Finn finds that he cannot bring himself to kill the miraculous fish.
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Finn McCoul

By Brian Gleeson (reader)

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The hilarious legend in which the famous Irish hero Finn McCoul and his clever wife Oonagh defeat the brutish giant Cucullin once and for all.

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Fiona's Luck

By Teresa Bateman

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A clever woman named Fiona must pass the leprechaun king's tests when she tries to get back all the luck he has locked away from humans.

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Harp O' Gold

By Teresa Bateman

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Poor Tom is a wandering minstrel of Ireland. Alas, his harp is old and battered. Then out of nowhere he is made an offer he can’t refuse for a harp of gold. But this “gift” has an unexpected price. A fun tale to celebrate one of Ireland’s national symbols.

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Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato

By Tomie DePaola

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“Jamie O’Rourke was the laziest man in all of Ireland.” He lives off the hard work of his good and loving wife until she hurts her back and must stay in bed. By chance Jamie comes upon a leprechaun and soon finds himself the owner of the largest potato ever. So large, in fact, it takes the entire village to dig it and eat it. A fun tale you will be lucky to share!

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