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The Story of the Leprechaun Hardcover – January 25, 2011

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K-Gr 2-A leprechaun is a busy shoemaker for humans and fairies alike. When his profits cause his pot of gold to overflow, he buries it for safekeeping, but not before a greedy human spies it. Aware that catching a leprechaun means being granted three wishes, Tim grabs him and demands first to know the location of the gold and then to be given 100 pairs of shoes. His final wish is to have three more wishes, but the leprechaun says it is "a greedy trick" that "cannot be granted." When he shows Tim the spot where the gold is buried, the young man marks it with a shoe on top of a long, upright stick. Tim returns with a shovel, but he finds that the field where the treasure is buried is now covered with 200 shoes on top of as many sticks stuck in the ground. After digging many, many holes, he gives up and tries to collect the shoes, but they disappear at his touch. After the tricked man leaves, the leprechaun moves his treasure to a magic place-the end of a rainbow. As in The Story of the Easter Bunny (HarperCollins, 2005), text and artwork are a perfect match, and Lambert captures the cozy charm of the leprechaun and his surroundings. The endpapers feature a map of the village, including Peat Bogs (Where Goblins Live), Enchanted Forest, and Fairy Ring. A good addition for St. Patrick's Day collections-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The little leprechaun, who makes shoes for villagers and forest fairies alike, finds his fanciful footwear increasingly sought after—and as his success grows, so does his pot of hoarded gold-coin payments. But he soon realizes that new customer Tim desires more than shoes. And though Tim thinks he has a clever plan to get the gold, the leprechaun’s equally determined to protect it, a task requiring some creative thinking and a little magic. The descriptive, entertaining narrative is well paced and read-aloud-friendly, and enchanting color illustrations, with soft textures and patterns, portray characters, settings, and events in both small vignettes and page-filling spreads. The delightful, inviting details include festive shoe creations, expressive-faced forest trees, and the leprechaun’s homey abode. Incorporating elements from whimsical leprechaun lore, this is a charming and witty original tale from the author-illustrator team behind The Story of the Easter Bunny (2005). Preschool-Grade 2. --Shelle Rosenfeld
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061430862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061430862
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mazzie Bee on June 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The story is clever. The prose is well written. The illustrations are lovely with magical, fun details. My 5 year old loves it and I enjoy reading it to her. We 'll definitely buy our own copy.
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I loved this story! I was looking for a story about leprechauns that was basic, kind of an introduction to the mythical little people and one that was not too wordy. I teach preschoolers so generally if there is more than five sentences per page I know I am going to loose their attention. This book totally delivered! It is a story about a leprechaun that is caught by a human (who is actually very tricky himself) and forced to grant the human three wishes. The leprechaun grants the three wishes in a very tricky way which makes the human regret being so tricky himself. The story has a little forward that tells the reader/listener what a leprechaun is, it's a cute way to introduce the legendary little people.
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By Nanabug on March 30, 2015
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A big hit with the grand-kiddoes and this grandma! Not only is the story a cute one, but the illustrations are great! The wee ones like looking for the fairies in each scene and enjoy how the leprechaun tricks the greedy man. The explanation of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was spot on to my wee ones. This grandma purchases seasonal books that only stay out for a month at a time, so my grand-kiddoes look forward to the 'new' set of "lap-time" books each month. This one was a hit! So glad I decided that St. Paddy's Day needed to be added to my rotation!
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By Curly girl on March 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
It was fun. We liked that the leprachaun could grant wishes. We liked the tricky leprachaun. It was awesome and funny.
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By Karleigh on March 13, 2014
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But the story was average IMO...I expected more since everyone had such good things to say...it wasn't bad but really just average...don't know if I'd get it in a hardcover for that reason...wasn't worth it to me
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