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Leprechaun in Late Winter (Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission) Hardcover – January 12, 2010
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About the Author
SAL MURDOCCA has illustrated more than 200 children's trade and text books. He is also a librettist for children's opera, a video artist, an avid runner, hiker, and bicyclist, and a teacher of children's illustration at the Parsons School of Design. Sal lives and works in New York with his wife, Nancy.
Top Customer Reviews
Jack and Annie are taken back in time and transported to Ireland to help Augusta for reasons unknown to them, but through a series of trial and error, and of course high adventure they find out their purpose and get the job done, putting Augusta on the right path. A lesson about how helping others doesn't always translate into being a good person if you aren't very nice is also thrown into the story, which I thought was a nice added element. A lot of attention is given to the si (pronounced shee) or fairies of Irish folktales which is a lot of fun for kids and adults to read about. This was a great adventure story, enjoyed by all who attended the kid's book club I hosted it with(including myself).
reading for me but I have always loved this series. In
this book Jack and Annie are sent by Merlin on a Merlin
Mission. They go to Ireland in the 19th century and their
mission is to inspire a girl named Augusta so that she can
share her amazing gift, her mesmerizing potential with the
rest of the world. Jack and Annie face a few obstacles
along the way but after all that is one of the milestones
in making a great story, creating conflicts. They
successfully achieve their goal in the end.
This was a good book. I personally liked it. The only
thing that I don't like about this series is that the
author always follows the same format. She never varies or
differentiates from her strict format. Other than the
story itself. That is what gets you fed up with the
series. You know, if you're not a 7 year old.
Reviewed by a young adult student reviewer
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Jack and Annie once again set off another adventure for Merlin and this time it's to help a young Irish girl find her inspiration. When Jack and Annie set off in this lush, green and soaking wet country side of Ireland to find her, they didn't except to find someone who stopped believing and stopped telling stories. Young Lady Augusta Gregory remembered every story she was ever told and used to love roaming the country side looking for the Seer with her brothers. Now all that's changed and she no longer believes. With Jack and Annie's help and the help of an old friend of Lady Augusta Gregory's old nurse maid, Willie the Leprechaun, they set off to help Lady Gregory in a rather unexpected way.
This is truly a fun magical journey that introduces young readers to the enchanting lore of the Irish. I loved the history, the perfectly described setting and the characters that are introduced in this story. I was impressed with the amount of research that Mary put into this story. I liked that she not only lets readers know her inspiration for this story, but she includes detailed information about the Shee, Lady Gregory, as well as some fun games in the back of the book. This is a fabulous read for 1st and 2nd grade readers.
We have also listened to some of the books on CD in the car and they are enjoyed by the whole family.
I chose this rating tis the best book ever!!
This book is one of the best magic tree house ever because I am Irish so it inspires me a lot to become who you really are and not who you want to be. Never become someone else I am 11 and I still read these books since I was 5. It inspires me so you should read it it is the best series ever!!!
This story has a lot packed into its 11 chapters. There's an arrogant rich girl who wants to help the poor but looks down on them all the same, an old storyteller, a secret path the the fairy realm, a magic tinwhistle and a wish gone badly wrong, and all of that happens before the leprechaun (from the title) gets involved!
Jack really gets to shine in this book, making some bad mistakes but then doing what it takes to make things right again. He's got a lot of emotion here, and some really great moments, which is something that he lacks in these stories when the focus is on the more magically-inclined Annie.
There was also a lot of interesting history interwoven into the story, and some good introspection by both siblings toward the end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great books for children in 1st to 3rd grade. They are adventure books and this one in particular is quite interesting. My child loves them!Published 2 months ago by Bob Farmer
Love all the Magic Treehouse books. I share them with the child I mentor. The book arrived as described and in a timely manner.Published 6 months ago by Theresa L.Modory
The Magic Tree House book called Leprechaun in Late Winter is about a brother and sister named Jack and Annie. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. Michalek's Second Grade Class