Friday, January 14, 2011

Leprechauns and Irish Folklore by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce

Product Details

Pub. Date: January 2010
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback , 128pp
Series: Magic Tree House Research Guide Series
ISBN-13: 9780375860096
ISBN: 0375860096

Do the folk stories about leprechauns match our ideas about them today? Are there other fairies in Irish tradition? What are the origins of these stories? Why do people believe in leprechauns and fairies? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Magic Tree House Research Guide #21: Leprechauns and Irish Folklore, Jack and Annie’s guide to the wee folk of Ireland.

My thoughts:

I bought this book from a book order for my children who love the Magic Tree House Series. We haven't actually read the book this is a companion for, Leprechauns in Late Winter, but it was interesting nonetheless. It called to mind the Spiderwick Chronicles, just a guide to myths about Leprechauns and Fairies in Ireland. With St. Patrick's Day coming up this seemed like an interesting book. I especially liked some of the illustrations and photographs that went with the text. As a rule though my children are less interested in the companion guides than they are in the fiction stories but the fiction stories have helped up by acting as spring boards to learning more though other books, movies or Internet research.

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