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Grade 1-3–As storm clouds gather ominously in the Irish sky, three diminutive leprechauns rouse themselves to dig up their pot of gold and place it at the end of the coming rainbow. Ari hurries Col and Boo along the country road, intent on accomplishing their task, but the friends cant resist stopping to pull some mischievous pranks along the way, because thats what leprechauns do. They paint the hooves of Mrs. Ballybunions cow bright scarlet, tie Old Jamie Bradleys drying long johns into a knot, and plant a yellow tennis ball in the nest of Miss Maudie Murphys hen. At last, as the raindrops begin to fall, the playful tricksters reach Padddywhackers Bog, dig up their treasure, and set it in place. As the rainbow arches across the sky to touch the pot of gold, the trio settles down to wait, but nobody finds the gold, as usual. Ari cheers up his disgruntled pals, saying That golds waiting for just the right person. McCully graces this lighthearted story with her characteristically expressive and charming watercolors that eloquently capture the verdant beauty of the Irish countryside and the irrepressible personalities of the elves. An explanatory note about leprechauns is appended. A perfect choice for March story hours, this title can also be enjoyed all year long.–Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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PreS-Gr. 2. As a storm subsides, three leprechauns prepare to go to work. Their job? Placing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There's "no time for mischief along the way," warns one of the wee fellows, but they can't help themselves from carrying out a few pranks as "mischief's what leprechauns do." So, by the time the group reaches its destination, Mrs. Ballybunion's cow's hooves are painted a lovely scarlet, old Jamie Bradley's woolen long johns are tied into knots, and a chicken appears to have laid a tennis ball. Bunting's lively telling combines slapstick humor, suspense (will the distracted leprechauns miss the rainbow?), and magical possibilities ("That gold's waiting for just the right person"). The lovely ink-and-watercolor pictures extend the humor, whimsy, and magic in scenes that contrast the expansive, emerald-green Irish fields with close-ups of the twinkly-eyed, buckle-shoed trio. A great read-aloud, this will strike a chord with children who, like the leprechauns, can't resist a little mischievous fun. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (January 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618354107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618354108
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,219 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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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy McGuire on October 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This charming picture book for young readers is sure to delight any child with its comical story line and whimsical watercolor drawings.
Everyone knows that leprechauns hoard gold and their main function, besides being shoemakers to the fairies, is to hide their pots of gold from the grasping hands of humans who would take it from them if they could. The trick is to put it at the ends of rainbows where it is safe since no human has ever found the end of a rainbow. It's not that the dear fellows don't want people to find the gold, but they are very selective about the kind of person who finds it. It must be someone with a "bit of luck and a bit of imagination."
While protecting pots of gold is their job, the leprechauns can't stay focused on it when there is so much mischief to be done on the way, mischief they can't resist because, it's just what leprechauns do, don't you know? They are what they are and it can't be helped.
Ari, Boo and Col, the three engaging leprechauns in the story, do eventually get to their job-site at rainbow's end, but the distractions that threaten to make them late are really the main delight of the book. From polishing the cow's hooves red to tying the legs of long underwear, drying on the hedge, into a knot, to putting a tennis ball under a farmer's hen just to make him wonder, children will be kept laughing while being thoroughly engaged in the hilarious illustrations.
This is a must have for any young child's library.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. THOMSON on March 21, 2012
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I wanted to get a fun, illustrated book to teach my children about St. Patrick's Day and Leprechauns. I would recommend getting a different book. This book was just okay. Reading the book's description, I thought it would be a lot cuter of a story, but it is hurried and scattered and even my young children felt like the story was missing too many details. It almost has the feel of reading a condensed version of a book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 5, 2009
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Even though St Patrick's Day has passed, I thought this would be a fun read with my preschooler, and it was! Three mischievous leprechauns see a storm coming, and anticipating a rainbow, proceed to the spot where they've buried the pot of gold [their job is to place said pot of gold at the end of the rainbow to be found by someone deemed worthy].

Of course, being leprechauns, Art, Boo and Col cannot resist getting sidetracked along the way - playing pranks on unsuspecting villagers [placing a tennis ball under an obliging hen to be discovered by it's owner etc]. Their shenanigans are comical and I loved the use of words and illustrations to convey the leprechauns' antics.

This is a fun book that may not only be appreciated on St Patrick's Day, but any day throughout the year, especially for little lovers of folk tales!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Pearce on March 28, 2010
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I LOVED this book. I read it to my grandchildren when I did a "Nana's Leprechaun Camp". The illustrations are great and the story is delightful. It got my grandchildren excited about leprechauns and and the harmless mischief they can cause. Both the story and the illustrations kept their attention.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Three leprechauns have an important job: they must dig up the pot of gold before the rainbow comes to expose their hiding place - but on the way they can't resist some mischief involving farm animals, putting the pot of gold in danger. A fun story of animal encounters and lessons learned evolves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kristen M, on April 3, 2009
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I gave this book to my 4 and a half year old son for St. Patrick's Day. It is very cute and he loves when we read it to him. The illustrations are very good and the story is one he loves to hear over and over. A nice little Irish book for this age group.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Krista A. Fong on March 28, 2010
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Pros: It's a holiday book (not religious at all) about the essence of leprechauns, which is making mischief and having a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. In this way, it's great for kids who aren't all that familiar with what leprechauns are. There's a story with a beginning, middle and end, and clearly defined characters. There's just a touch of "Irish speech/language" in this book, which provides a great talking point about the differences between cultures in this area. The illustrations are beautiful.

Cons: I work in special education, so I was conscious of the fact that there was a lot of text on each page. I didn't dare try it with kids under 2nd grade (special ed.).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristen on March 16, 2013
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My husband is from Ireland. My sons kindergarten teacher asked my husband to come to school and be the Secret Reader. He brought this book to read to the class. The children had all built their Leprechaun traps and he read this book to the children the day the project was due- They LOVED it!! It is a cute little story - I gave it 4 stars because as an adult the story seemed a little unfinished to me - but kids don't care! If you buy this - I'm sure your kids will love it! It shows just how sneaky those little leprechauns can be! ;)
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