Stories from the Emerald Isle

Lara and the Gray Mare

By Kathleen Duey

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"Nine-year-old Lara is the daughter of the leader of her cattle-raising clan. While she spends her days tending to the cattle, her heart lies with her beloved gray mare. When Lara goes to the highlands to set the cattle out to graze, she finds the mare in the process of a difficult birth. Lara vows to take care of the foal as a dying promise to the gray mare, and with the help of a childless milk-cow, she cares for the spindly-legged filly.
But just when she is confident that the foal can survive, a rival clan captures them both and throws Lara's life into turmoil. When the filly is eventually given to a titled baron in the castle town of Athenry, Lara, determined to stay with the horse no matter what, goes along. Together, she and her beloved horse face seemingly insurmountable challenges, but all along Lara keeps two things in mind. One day, she will manage to flee, and will set off in search of the family that she was taken from. And she will not leave without her silver mare."
First of a series.

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Leprechaun in Late Winter

By Mary Pope Osborne

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Jack and Annie are on their third mission to find (and inspire!) creative people to bring happiness to others through the arts (Mozart and Louis Armstrong so far). Set in Ireland, Jack and Annie meet an Irish girl and go on a magical adventure that changes the girl's life--she grows up to be Lady Gregory, who helped bring back the Irish legends, started a theater, and helped the Irish people regain both their heritage and their pride.
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Leprechauns and Irish Folklore: A Nonfiction Companion to Leprechaun in Late Winter

By Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce

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"When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late Winter, they had lots of questions. What are leprechauns? How do we know many of the old Irish stories? How do fairies spend their time? Who speaks the Irish language? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures."

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Leprechauns Never Lie

By Lorna Balian

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Gram is ailing and Ninny Nanny, too lazy to care for their simple needs, says she'll catch a leprechaun to discover his hidden gold. Gram thinks it won't work--but does it?

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Maggie's Door

By Patricia Reilly Giff

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In the mid-1800s, Nory and her neighbor and friend, Sean, set out separately on a dangerous journey from famine-plagued Ireland, hoping to reach a better life in America.

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Market Day

By Eve Bunting

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Tess and Wee Boy observe the farm animals, wonder at the sword-swallower, hear playing of pipes, and experience all the excitement of a country fair in Ireland.

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Mrs. McCool and the Giant Cuhullin

By Jessica Souhami

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Who is the strongest giant in all of Ireland? With the help of his smart wife Finn McCool is about to prove himself once and for all. This is a simple version of a favorite Irish tale.

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O'Sullivan Stew: A Tale Cooked Up in Ireland

By Hudson Talbott

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This is a grand tale set in the small Irish village of Crookhaven. Kate comes to the rescue of the village witch when everyone says she’s not “one of us.” Kate then saves herself and her family from a sentence of death by cooking up four exciting stories within a story as her imagination stirs together monsters, giants, sea serpents and leprechauns.

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Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland

By Tomie DePaola

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Relates the life and legends of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

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Saint Patrick

By Ann Tompert

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A picture book biography of the patron saint of Ireland.

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