Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of the St. Patrick's Day Symbols

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 95 pages
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Shamrocks, shillelaghs, reed pipes, and leprechauns—these are some of the many symbols that remind us of St. Patrick's Day. Who was St. Patrick? And what is this early spring holiday all about? With warmth and vitality, Edna Barth tells the colorful stories, legends, and historical facts behind St. Patrick's Day and shows how the spirit of this ancient Irish holiday is still alive in many countries. Illustrated with black and white drawings by Ursula Arndt, this is a book to be discovered and read with pleasure by young readers. All of Edna Barth's classic holiday books are now being reissued with fresh, new jacket designs and fun activities inside the paperback covers.

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The story of Saint Patrick's day come alive in the pages of this enchanting book by Edna Barth! Nicely illustrated! I enjoyed reading this book to my Story Hour Class at the West New York Public Library each and every Saint Patrick's Day! Where do lepherchaun's come from? Who was Saint Patrick? What's a Shillalah? You'll find the answers in this educational book. 

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a fun book especially for St Patrick's Day celebrations, my grandson is enjoying all of the facts. Read full review


St Patrick Himself
Patricks Day Through the Centuries
The Wearin of the Green
Green White and Orange
The Irish Shamrock
and the Serpents
of Shillelagh
A Thread of Poetry
The Harp That Once Through Tarns Halls
Pipe and Fiddle
Clay Pipes and Petticoats
St Patricks Day Parades
Stories for St Patricks Day

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About the author (2001)

The late Edna Barth worked as a librarian, a teacher, and an editor of books for young people before becoming the author of many well-known books for children.

Ursula Arndt has illustrated a number of popular children's books, including the six holiday titles written by Edna Barth for Clarion. She is now retired and lives in Germany.

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