Stories from the Emerald Isle

Saint Patrick and the Peddler

By Margaret Hodges

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When a poor Irish peddler follows the instructions given to him by Saint Patrick in a dream, his life is greatly changed. Includes background on Saint Patrick and on the origin of the story.

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Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun

By Sean Callahan

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Shannon is a stepdancer with a broken shoe. How can she ever win the Saint Patrick's Day stepdancing contest? Enter Liam, the world's tallest leprechaun. A leprechaun grants wishes, right?
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Small Beauties: The Journey of Darcy Heart O'Hara

By Elvira Woodruff

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Darcy Heart O'Hara, a young Irish girl who neglects her chores to observe the beauties of nature and everyday life, shares "family memories" with her homesick parents and siblings after the O'Haras are forced to emigrate to America in the 1840s.

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St. Patrick's Day

By Gail Gibbons

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This bright and colorful book tells the story of the saint's life and describes his miracles.

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St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh

By Janet Nolan

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A family retells the story of the shillelagh that was whittled from a tree. During the Irish potato famine, Fergus and his family left for America. But first Fergus cut a branch from a blackthorn tree to take a piece of Ireland with him.
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That's What Leprechauns Do

By Eve Bunting

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When leprechauns Ari, Boo, and Col need to place the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, they cannot help getting into mischief along the way.

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The Black Stallion and the Shape-Shifter

By Steven Farley

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After being injured while racing in Ireland’s famous Foster Stakes, the Black and Alec head to the Irish coast to recuperate. While there, they are charmed by the pleasant people and intrigued by tales of the kelpie, a shape-shifting creature of myth who carries unsuspecting riders off to a watery grave. Alec meets a lonely local girl, Mora, who has found a stray pony. Alec, recognizing her love of horses, teaches her to ride. But when Mora disappears, Alec realizes that she has been carried off by the mythical kelpie. Now, Alec and the Black must race the shape-shifter, not realizing that if they lose, not only will Mora be lost forever, but so will the Black.

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The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story about St. Patrick

By Sheila MacGill-Callahan

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Before he becomes a saint, Patrick drives all the snakes but one out of Ireland and that last one he throws into Scotland's Loch Ness.

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The Leprechaun's Story

By Richard Kennedy

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A tradesman meets a leprechaun and is determined that he won't be tricked out of a pot of gold.

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