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This Wednesday is March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day. Don’t forget to wear GREEN!
Have you ever wondered why we wear green on Saint Patrick's Day? Who was Saint Patrick? Why are shamrocks lucky? Why does Ireland's flag include green, white and orange? You can check out books that will answer those nagging questions and many more.  I would recommend starting with  Let's Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by Peter and Connie Roop. This book provides an excellent introduction to Irish culture, and why we celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. There are also several activities and kid friendly jokes.  May the luck of the Irish be with you my friends! 
 

 Let's celebrate St. Patrick's Day by Peter and Connie Roop

Examines the history, customs, and folklore of St. Patrick's Day.  Includes a craft, a recipe, and jokes and riddles.

Patrick : Patron Saint of Ireland  by Tomie dePaola

Relates the life and legends of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts by Carol Gnojewski

Provides information about the origin and customs of St. Patrick's Day, ideas for celebrating this holiday, and directions for making such crafts as an Irish shamrock, a Blarney Stone, Celtic jewelry, and Wee Ones puppets.
 
Tell Me A Story
 
Before he becomes a saint, Patrick drives all the snakes but one out of Ireland and that last one he throws into Scotland's Loch Ness.
One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia DeFelice
A very poor, humble couple lives so simple a life they share everything, until the husband discovers a pot with magical powers buried under the very last potato in the garden.
The laziest man in all of Ireland catches a leprechaun, who offers a potato seed instead of a pot of gold for his freedom. 

 

Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: an old Irish story  retold by Linda Shute

Clever Tom Fitzpatrick thinks his fortune is made when he captures a leprechaun and forces him to reveal the hiding place of his gold, but the leprechaun is clever too.

 

Flying Feet: a story of Irish dance  by Anna Marlis Burgard
Based on a true tale, two master dancers compete for the chance to teach the people of Ballyconneely, Ireland, how to dance.
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