Monday, February 16, 2009

St. Patrick's Day books for children

St. Patrick's Day (March 17) will be here before we know it, so I thought I'd get the ball rolling with these three book reviews about St. Patrick's Day for various recommended ages. This will give you plenty of time to order your copies as gifts for your little ones or get in your hold requests at the library! We look forward to reading and reviewing other books throughout the month and will include a link here to those new reviews.

St. Patrick's Day Countdown (Board book), by Salina Yoon. This charming little board book is perfect for infants on up. The cover and edges feature a sparkled clover. The text counts down from 5 to 1 using kid-friendly subjects like bunnies, butterflies, and leprechauns, coupled with bright, appealing images.

Excerpt:

"Three little leprechauns play hide-and-seek./ Two pretty butterflies flutter by the creek."

Bookworm's interest at 14 months: He enjoyed the whole thing, requesting a second read-through when we finished it. He particularly likes the birds flying over the shamrock patches.




Lucky Tucker (Paperback), by Leslie Mcguirk. This paperback follows a cute white dog, Tucker, as his day starts off on the wrong foot, until he is fortunate enough to roll in a leprechaun's bed of four leaf clovers. Everything starts to go his way, and he has "his luckiest day ever."

Recommended ages 2-5.

Excerpt:

"Tucker chased after the leprechaun, but he got sidetracked when he saw a boy licking an ice-cream cone. The top scoop was about to fall off!/ Tucker made the catch! 'Wow, what a lucky dog,' the boy said."

Bookworm's interest at 14 months: He loves dogs, so that got his attention quickly. He won't make it through the entire book yet, but he's younger than the target audience.




St. Patrick's Day Alphabet (Paperback), by Beverly Barras Vidrine. This alphabet book is aimed at an older audience than most alphabet books. The text for each letter is fairly detailed, covering a different aspect of St. Patrick's Day or Irish culture in general. Topics covered include musical instruments, leprechauns, certain towns and rivers in Ireland, and William Butler Yeats, among others.

Recommended ages: 4-8

Excerpt:

"J is for jig, an Irish stepdance. Irish dancers' feet move fast, up and down, back and forth. Even their parents and grandparents danced the jig on St. Patrick's Day."

Bookworm's interest at 14 months: He's too young for this one now, although we enjoy flipping through it.


3 comments:

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

I totally forgot about St. Patricks. I'm going to put a couple of these on hold. Thanks!

Karen said...

Lucky Tucker sounds very cute! Thanks for mentioning it!

Erin Tales said...

Love this! I am sure many people dont think of looking for St. Pattys books!