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Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of the St. Patrick's Day Symbols Paperback – February 19, 2001

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Edna Barth has made a name for herself creating engaging nonfiction books about the origins of holidays from Easter to Halloween. This may sound like a simple enough task, but books like hers are few and far between, making her concise and well-researched titles all the more valuable to parents, educators, and students alike. For Barth, it seems, the calendar year swims with holiday colors. "Sometime in February," her St. Patrick's Day book begins, "the hearts and cupids of Valentine's Day give way to shamrocks and leprechauns, Irish harps, flags and shillelaghs, clay pipes and top hats. The color green floods the windows of card shops, candy stores, and departments that sell gifts, souvenirs, and decorations for holidays. St. Patrick's Day is coming." Barth goes on to explain the origins of this ancient Irish holiday, including a 15-page chapter on St. Patrick himself; the history of this partly religious, partly festive holiday through the centuries; and a lively discussion of the symbols we associate with the greenest of green days--leprechauns, Irish music, top hats, shamrocks, shillelaghs, and more. A list of stories appropriate to read around March 17, a bibliography of sources, and an index round out this solid, simply illustrated exploration of the ins and outs of St. Patrick's Day. (Ages 9 and older) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Both background facts and current traditions are explored in this brisk, lively text." (Booklist, ALA) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Series: Clarion Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (February 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618096515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618096510
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K Jewett on March 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful book for adults and children alike. I found this book to be a terrific help in understanding some of the legends and history of Ireland and St. Patrick's Day. It was also invaluable in explaining these to my younger children, both at home and in Sunday School classes.
Both the writing and the illustrations work to offer a better understanding of Irish traditions. All in all, not only an educational read, but a pleasant one, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffanytaylor on June 10, 2013
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This book is really interesting and helps you learn about the history of Ireland and their traditions. I recommend for any Irish enthusiast!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tcrlady on October 5, 2013
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This book is a little like a mini-St. Patricks/Ireland encyclopedia for upper elem and middle grades. The pics and facts are outstanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kay Hicks - Terrill Hicks on February 1, 2015
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Reasonalbly pleased with the book. The supplier of the book should be rated 5 star for quick delivery and quality of the book.
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