That's What Leprechauns Do

That's What Leprechauns Do


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The three leprechauns Ari, Boo, and Col have a job
to do. They must race to where they've buried the pot
of gold and dig it up before the rainbow comes. The
clouds are already gathering, so there'll be no time for
mischief along the way.

But Mrs. Ballybunion's cow, Miss Maud
Murphy's hen, and Old Jamie soon find out that the
three clever fellows can't resist having a little fun on
the road to Paddywhackers Bog. For, in addition to
putting a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, mischief
is what leprechauns do!

Delightful illustrations from a Caldecott medalist
and a playful text written in a lilting Irish style
make this a perfect story for St. Patrick's Day or any
other time of year. Includes an author's note about
leprechauns and rainbows.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547076737
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/16/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 62,442
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she has a lifelong interest in history and feminist issues. She divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.

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From the Publisher

"A good introduction to [Saint Patrick's Day's] wee fairy symbols. Caldecott-winner McCully's sprightly watercolors bring...story to life." KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews

"Bunting offers a kicky...outing here, bringing a dash of modern silliness to her twist on familiar lore." PW Publishers Weekly

"A great read-aloud, this will strike a chord with children who...can't resist a little mischievous fun." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"Charming watercolors...A perfect choice for March story hours, this title can also be enjoyed all year long." SLJ School Library Journal

"Lively ink and watercolor illustrations energize the playful story." Horn Book Guide

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That's What Leprechauns Do 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
esproull on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The three leprechauns must hurry to get to where they buried the pot of gold and dig it up before the rainbow comes. The sky is beginning to look gray and they know they don't have much time. On their journey to the pot of gold, the leprechauns try their best to avoid mischief, but the inevitable happens. After getting into a bit of trouble, the leprechauns finally make it to the pot of gold and place it at the end of the rainbow just in time.
MarthaL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three little leprechauns wake from a nap to see that the sky is filled with clouds and realize that soon a rainbow will appear and they must get to work. But instead of taking care of the pot of gold these leprechauns are bent on mischief. One trick after another is played on unsuspecting neighbors for supposedly this is what leprechauns do. An author's note at the end lends authenticity about these legendary creatures. Certaintainly a delightful tale to read around about St. Patrick's Day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago