Age Range: 2 and up
Board book: 26 pages
Publisher: Ideals (January 1, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #579,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #35 in Books > Children's Books > Holidays & Celebrations > St. Patrick's Day #388 in Books > Children's Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Non-religious
I bought this for my class for St. Patty's Day. Being a Christian preschool teacher, I was so excited to learn the religious roots of the holiday. As a kid I never really knew myself why we celebrated. Just goes to show you--you learn new things every day.
So, I'm not gonna lie.I'm a mother of a 3.5 year old and I never knew who St Patrick was and what the importance of the day was. I thought it was for a bunch of drunks to soak themselves in vomit and green beer while other families make corned beef and cabbage....Boy was I far from the truth and have a totally different outlook on St Patricks Day now that I know the meaning behind the day and the person.
Besides Saint Valentine and Saint Nicholas, Saint Patrick is one of the most unusual as most people have an impression of this Saint that is completely erroneous. Although a Children's Book, some information surprised me, enough to try and run it down through independent research. It was all true, and forced me to re-evaluate my idea of who this Saint was - and this from a young reader's tome! You can gift this to a child without any misgivings at all.
Our family is very proud of our Irish heritage and we celebrate the holiday. I chose the book for a 2.5 year old. Thought it was very well done. Mentioned the symbols of Ireland, a brief history of St. Patrick, how and why we celebrate his day in America. It was exactly what i wanted.
I bought this book (and others similar) primarily for pre-school grandchildren to introduce a little meaning to holidays and their country. Since they are board books, the older elementary children think of them as "baby books", however, seem to enjoy looking through them and verbally adding more facts (or asking questions). The book seems to take a few facts from history in order to highlight a special day. The wording and pictures are simple and thus the story easily remembered. My grandchildren of all ages seem to recall these books with growing up and the holidays.
I have enjoyed reading this story to both of my sons. They enjoy looking at the illustrations and learning more about the true meaning of St. Patrick's Day. I recommend this to other parents of young children.
St. Patrick's day is not familiar to everyone and may not know the true story of Saint Patrick so I sent this book to my grand children. I haven't received a response but when I do, I will do an update on this product. I am just pleased that the children will be aware of his story.
The story does touch on all aspects of St. Patrick's Day; however, it seems to jump all over the place. It tells readers leprechauns aren't real. I'd prefer to "play along" with our child until he determines this for himself.
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