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Author: Tomie De Paola

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Publisher: Holiday House

Material: hard cover

Summary: St. Patrick's life and the legends surrounding his missionary work in Ireland This book celebrates St. Patrick from a religious standpoint, celebrating his faith, his strength and his miracles.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 11

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 4.1

Age of Child: Read with 3-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Preschooler read and re-read this book every night for a week because of its large and peaceful illustrations and because the legends of St. Patrick were told in a simple manner that s/he could understand (s/he hates snakes too!)

Adult Reader Reaction: As an American Irish person seeking to pass my religious and cultural history and values to my child, this parent found this book to be among the best stories of St. Patrick and his work.

Pros: This book's illustrations are well-displayed in the large format and the story, while short enough for a 3 year old, will fascinate older children in the annual preparation for St. Patrick's Day.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy this book because it is a terrific annual tradition for celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The illustrations are beautiful and the book will be a family treasure.

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Educational Themes: Religious themes permeate this book, including the importance of faith, perseverance, and finding strength in God.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, biography, Christian, cultures and tradition

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2005

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