The Real Pot O' Gold

 jamie o'rourke and the big potatoWe’re getting ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by getting the green out and baking some yummy Irish Soda Bread.  But the best way to prepare for St. Patrick’s Day is to search for Ireland’s real pot o’ gold-its stories.  The Irish love to spin a yarn or two, so come take a look through some of these treasures.

 Jaime O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie De Paolo - The laziest man in all of Ireland catches a leprechaun, who offers a potato seed instead of a pot of gold for his freedom.

 

Brave Margaret

 

 

 Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure by Robert D. San Souci - In this retelling of an Irish folktale, a brave young woman battles a sea serpent and rescues her true love from a giant.

 

Finn McCool and the giant fish

 

 

 Finn McCool and the Great Fish by Eve Bunting - Irish giant Finn McCool is told that in order to become wise he must catch and eat the salmon that possesses knowledge, but Finn finds that he cannot bring himself to kill the miraculous fish.

Kate Culhane

 

 

 

 Kate Culhane: A Ghost Story by Michael Hague -  After disturbing a dead man in his grave an Irish girl nearly pays with her life, but thanks to her cleverness and bravery she finds love and riches instead.

 

 

too many fairies

 

 Too Many Fairies by Margaret Read McDonald - An old woman complains about all the housework she has to do, but when some fairies come to help her she finds that they are more trouble than they are worth.