Series: Discover the World
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (February 16, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Grade Level: 1 - 3
Really poor book. There have to be a number of better books about Ireland than this one. The irish alphabet has little or no imagination, with some specific examples from the book that seem especially odd.J for JourneyN for NatureA for Ancient Ireland vs. M for Modern IrelandT for TitanicHaving visited Ireland and of Irish heritage, some of the letter associations are pretty disappointing. The illustrations are interesting, but the associated story is lackluster at best. The alphabet should have been executed much, much better.
Eve Bunting used some unusual words, definitely. But she incorporated history, religion, mythology, and science, presenting a fuller than average alphabetical look at Ireland. This book is for the curious, the lovers of all things Irish, and those who want to learn. I would not want to read it to my grandkids until they are a bit older, but it is well worth adding to your library. And I learned a thing or two.
I love the idea of these themed alphabet books, and I love to give books as gifts, so this one was fun to give my friend of Irish descent. This series of books has many different illustrators, and because I found the ones in this book less attractive, I didn't give it 5 stars. But some of the others are even better, so if you like the idea, check them out.
"S Is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet" is fantastic for anyone interested in Irish culture, legends and history. The short rhymes are perfect for reading out loud to a young child, while the longer sidebars of historical information will appeal to older children who can read it on their own. Even adults might learn something new (I did!)
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