Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Leprechauns and Irish Folklore

Leprechauns and Irish Folklore. Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce. 2010. Random House. 128 pages.

This book is a Magic Tree House Research Guide. It is a companion to Leprechaun in Late Winter. This book is written from Jack and Annie's perspective. Like they're giving a report on what they've learned from their research. The book focuses on Ireland's rich folklore.

It provides young readers with information about Ireland and serves as an introduction to Ireland's folklore. It introduces the various types of faeries (and other magical creatures) found traditionally in Ireland's folklore. Some like leprechauns you've probably heard of. Others may be a bit unfamiliar. Like Grogochs and Ballybogs.

It also introduces some important folklorists to young readers. Men and women who devoted their lives to preserving Ireland's culture and language. (Stories, dances, musics, etc.)

Call me weird, but I actually enjoyed this Magic Tree Research Guide more than the Magic Tree House story itself!

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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