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St. Patrick's Day in the Morning Paperback – February 25, 1983

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On March 17, young Jamie wakes up and realizes it's St. Patrick's Day. The green sashes are laid out on the table for his father and two older brothers--all ready for them to sport in the big parade. This is all very exciting, but Jamie's family had told him he was too small to walk in the parade--too young to make it all the way up Acorn Hill. He decides to take matters (and his trusty flute) into his own small hands, and embarks on an early morning walk--all the way up Acorn Hill--with his dog Nell. What did they know? Sure enough, while the village is sleeping, he traverses the parade route to the top of the hill where he greets the sun with a hearty, "A happy St. Pat's to you, sun." And, he makes it home before breakfast! While no one finds out what Jamie has done, you suspect that he may tell his family later. Kids will love the fact that Jamie climbs all the way up the hill when everyone said he couldn't. A simple but satisfying St. Patrick's Day read-aloud, and an IRA/CBC Children's Choice. (Ages 4 and older)

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K-Gr 4-St Patrick's Day in the Morning, written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Jan Brett (HM, 1980), is a warm and lively tale set in a village in Ireland on St. Patrick's Day. The main character, Jamie, is the youngest in his family, too small to participate in the annual special parade. Disappointed, Jamie awakens early and sets out to prove them wrong. The story that follows is his march through the village, making music and creating a parade on his own, proving to himself that he is truly big enough to participate. The narration is done with an authentic Irish accent, and there is music. Listeners can view the illustrations of the Irish village while listening to the voice and music of Ireland. This is an excellent purchase for schools in need of book/tape materials. It is one of very few good St. Patrick's Day stories. A bonus in this case is the glimpse of Irish culture and way of life. Listeners should be able to see the illustrations while listening to the tape.-Jane Enfield, Howe Community School, Minneapolis, MN

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (February 25, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899191622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899191621
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Eve Bunting has written more than 200 books for children, many of which can be found in libraries around the world. Her other Clarion titles for very young readers include My Big Boy Bed, which was also illustrated by Maggie Smith, and Little Bear's Little Boat, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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Young Jamie wakes early on St. Patrick's Day, much earlier than his sleeping family. He remembers that there will be a parade to the top of Acorn Hill today, and then he remembers that his brothers say he's too little to march in the parade.
Well, fine then! He'll just have a parade of his own!! Jamie sets off in his green sweater, hat and coat with Nell the dog and march up the center of town to Acorn Hill by themselves. Along the way, the meet some of the other villagers, one of whom gives Jamie an Irish flag that he proudly waves in his own parade. Does he make it to the top?? You'll have to read to find out!!
"St. Patrick's Day in the Morning" is a beautiful story for any child who has ever been told that they're too small, too weak, too short, too this, too that, to do something. You can see Jamie's' happiness at proving everyone wrong. The pen and ink illustrations are lush and detailed: you could count the shingles in the roofs or the bricks in the walls. Green and a little yellow are the only colors in the book, emphasizing the spirit and colors of St. Pats in Jamie's sweater, the flag of Ireland and, of course, the lush green grasses of the Emerald Isle.
Because it's not a book about the history or legend of St. Patrick, there is no reason to limit it's reading only to March 17th. Teachers would find it a useful book in teaching both about Ireland and, of course, proving that smaller doesn't mean incapable. A fine book by Bunting and Brett, and highly recommended.
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We get our daughter a book about all the holidays that make up her cultural heritage and community. This is a beautiful book about St. Pat's day, but also about overcoming low expectations and self-empowerment -- but it's never preachy. My 3 yo daughter loves this book well after St. Pat's day, and we love to read it to her. Jann Brett has another winner! Although these illustrations lack the colorful details she's known for, the complexity of the mostly black/white drawings keep it engaging.
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I loved this story. My mom would read it to my brother and I every March, and we would get so excited as the 17th approached. I, like Jamie, loved marching in our parade. Now I have a son of my own, and hope he enjoys it as much as I did.
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We checked this book out at the library a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. We purchased it and read it all year long. The story is a cute one of a little boy stretching his legs and gaining some independence.
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A pleasant story of a little boy. He does what he is told he is incapable of doing.He walks a parade route but no one is aware of it. He is seen by three persons and does leave unidentified evidence he had traversed the route.
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My daughter loved this book, and we give it to every child we know.

She loved having it read to her with an accent - especially Mad Old Mrs. Mulligan.

It's a sweet story.
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I love this story by Eve Bunting. It is the perfect read for St. Patrick's day. The illustrations are mosty monogramatic but still cature the children's attention. Highly recommend!
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Loved reading this to the elementary children where I volunteer in our local schools. They enjoyed it, too! Arrived quickly & in perfect shape.
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