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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

March 17 - Happy St. Patrick's Day

Some interesting reading -- Older readers will find many books about Ireland, but one of my favorite readings is a essay about why a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust considers St. Patrick's Day as the favorite holiday in his family.  Read about Erich Otto in an article by his daughter, "Why St. Patrick's Day Is My Jewish Family's Favorite Holiday" at and then don't miss the post and Erich Otto's own story about the Hoover Rolls (Herbert Hoover, WWII) at

Then a  few books to celebrate the day... and beyond.  A few of my favorites...
Six legends about St. Patrick and information about traditions of how St. Patrick's day was celebrated in the past and is celebrated today.

St. Patrick's Day by Gail Gibbons (Holiday House)

 A biography of the man behind the celebration of St. Patrick's Day from his birth in Britain to his kidnapping and being taken to Ireland as a captive of bandits.  Tomie dePaola's signature illustrations are exquisitely integrated into the well-known legends. 

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola (Holiday House)

A favorite character focused on the holiday.
Happy St. Patrick's Day, Curious George based on books about George by H.A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

 A parody of the favorite childhood song, The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly -- this parody by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Jared Lee who also illustrated  St. Patrick's Day from the Black Lagoon (see below).
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colorandro, illustrated by Jared Lee (Cartwheel Books)
 And Tomie dePaola is always a favorite story teller.  This legend is straight from Ireland.
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale by Tomie dePaola (Grosset and Dunlap)

Always a favorite series - The Black Lagoon Adventures --
St. Patrick's Day from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler with illustrations by Jared Lee (Scholastic).

Enjoy celebrating St. Patrick's Day

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