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I absolutely adore Tomie De Paola but this book about Saint Patrick does not have quite the same lightness and deftness of touch that some of his other titles do. That said, it is a good comprehensive coverage of the Saint Patrick story and the five short Saint Patrick legends at the end might be very useful in class - retell one legend per table, perhaps. The illustrations are, as usual, magical.
I loved this book! I have always celebrated St Patrick's day because of my Irish heritage but I never knew the history behind the actual saint. I loved learning right alongside my children. I especially appreciated how he added the legends at the back, but kept them seperate from the history- great for young kids learning the diference between fact and fiction.
First of all let me say that I am biased because I LOVE Tomie de Paola's books. All of them. My kids have them and we have read them again and again over the years. Love the illustrations and the true stories that he tells. I ordered this as a first communion gift for my sweet neighbor boy Paddy, who is named after St. Patrick. He loved it and his parents loved it. What a special little book! It's paperback but still very nice.
I love this author for school. This one had more religious elements than others, though I can still use in my library. The back has some short summaries of other versions that I’ll probably use whole group for more balance.
My kids loved reading this for St Patrick's Day! I liked the way it treated the more objective parts of his history first, and then had an added section of legends about St Patrick that included the reported miracles (like driving all the snakes out of Ireland by playing a drum). Illustrations are lovely, as I would expect from de Paola, and text is excellent for kids. My daughter keeps asking to re-read it.