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St. Patrick's Day Paperback – April 1, 1995

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-A basic introduction to the holiday-how it began, the life and works of St. Patrick, and the various ways in which the day is celebrated. The text is clear and concise, and the pages are full of information. Gibbons's simple, clean, full-page watercolor-and-ink illustrations flow logically from one to the next. Particularly welcome are descriptions of some St. Patrick's Day symbols, such as shamrocks, leprechauns, and Celtic harps. A couple of picture books are available on the subject, such as Alice Schertle's Jeremy Bean's St. Patrick's Day (Lothrop, 1987), but this is an outstanding choice to fill the bill for nonfiction.
Kay McPherson, Central Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, GA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Gr. 2-4. In a book similar to those she's done for topics ranging from boats to birthdays, Gibbons offers information about St. Patrick's Day in an easily digestible text and a clean, colorful format. She covers the salient details of Patrick's life--his boyhood in slavery, his return to Britain, where he was ordained, and his life dedicated to the conversion of the Irish--and she highlights the symbols and happenings of St. Patrick's Day. At the conclusion, she describes some of St. Patrick's miracles, one to an illustrated box. The artwork, as one would expect, is heavily accented with green and is typical of Gibbon's work--simply drawn, yet full of zest and quite appealing for its audience. A festive addition to holiday shelves. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823411737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823411733
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book gives a thorough, yet simple explanation about St. Patrick's Day. Each page has beautiful illustrations and one to three sentences. It gives a simple 2 page intro, then spends 7 pages about who Saint Patrick was, then 14 pages of all the ways people celebrate/symbols (church, leprechauns, shillelagh, harp, cards, sweets, flowers, plays, meal, parties, and parardes), then two pages on celebrating it in the US, and then 3 pages of legends about Saint Patrick. A great introduction for young children.
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During holiday seasons when I taught preschool, I always tried to find the best books possible that explained the origins of the holiday, why it is celebrated, and how people celebrate the holiday today. For St. Patrick's Day, Gail Gibbons ST. PATRICK'S DAY is the best book I have ever come across that gives a thorough explanation of the holiday for young children. The first part of the book explains who St. Patrick was and why St. Patrick's Day is celebrated. The last part of the book describes ways the people (especially in the United States) celebrate the holiday and the meaning of some of the symbols. There is also a kind of epilogue to the main story that briefly describes some of the legends about St. Patrick. Each page of the book only has a few, simple, straight-forward, and easy to read sentences accompanied with large and playful illustrations. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to explain to young children about St. Patrick's Day.
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Cute book. Gibbons always delivers when it comes to informational text that is usable with young readers/learners. Every student who heard this book liked it, and it's a great way to introduce this author to the kids. I twinned this with the DePaolo book that was historical fiction and found the kids loved both and got different information from each.
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This is a beautifully illustrated, well written, story about the life of St. Patrick and descriptions of how and why we celebrate this holiday. My daughter is very interested in her Irish heritage and read it to her Kindergarten class this year. It was a hit!
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I first bought this book over 6 years ago when my older son was 5. We loved reading it together & we shared it with some friends from overseas so that they would know how American's celebrate St Patrick's Day. I'm actually buying the book again for my two younger children this year to give as a gift. They may be a little young for it now but I believe they will grow to love it like their older brother & I love the idea of reading it as part of our family holiday traditions. Really a great Gail Gibbons book. (My two year old really enjoys Gail Gibbons Thanksgiving book.)
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This is a great overview of St. Patrick's life and significance as well as of the traditions associated with the holiday. The emphasis is on St. Patrick himself, and it's an inspiring story. The illustrations are bold and vivid. My 4-year-old liked the book, but some of it was over her head. My 6-year-old loved it and took it away to read to himself again after I had finished reading it. I would recommend this to slightly older kids, not preschoolers.
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This book contains a lot of information about the life of St. Patrick and St. Patrick's Day. I purchased it for use in my 2nd grade classroom in a public school. It wasn't as appropriate for this situation as I had hoped. Several pages of the book go into the religious aspect of St. Patrick's life. I found I had to skip over some sentences in order to be politely correct in my classroom. My students enjoyed the book, and we were able to create an anchor chart with the main details of the text. Gail Gibbons is a wonderful author and illustrator...so this is main reason I had purchased this book for use in my classroom without previously seeing the details.
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One of my favorite St. Patrick's Day books. Very informative, great illustrations, interesting for preschoolers and easily read by early readers. This book turned me into a fan of Gail Gibbons! We got this one from the library this year but will be purchasing it before next St. Patrick's Day for our home library.
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