Stories from the Emerald Isle

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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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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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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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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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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Too Many Leprechauns, or, How that Pot o' Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow

By Stephen Krensky

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Finn O'Finnegan returns home after a year in Dublin and when he finds his village taken over by leprechauns, he must devise a way to get them to leave without making them angry.

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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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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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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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