I thought I would share with you a few of the books that we have read and are reading this week to give us a taste of the Irish. :) And, just as a fair warning, I myself felt compelled to read most of these books with a somewhat pathetic Irish accent. Luckily, my girls have never heard the real thing so it was all good. :)
- Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola.
- Tim O'Toole & the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott
- St. Patrick's Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting (illustrated by Jan Brett)
- St. Patrick's Day by Gail Gibbons - this one was a great biographical overview of St. Patrick's life, perfect for my girls.
- Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
- Fiona's Luck by Teresa Bateman
I do want to say (I guess as a disclaimer) that some of these books are written from a Catholic perspective. I am not Catholic and do not pray to the saints; however, St. Patrick is a wonderful example of a man that trusted in God even as a small child when he was kidnapped by pirates. He later dedicated his life to telling others (specifically his captors who were Irish) about Him. A story worth passing on.
Some other fun links and ideas:
- St. Patrick's Day planning at Growing Up God's Kids
- Mustard Seeds St. Patty's Day Party!
- A craft from Wildflowers and Marbles
- And an easy recipe for Irish soda bread that I think I will make today for our dinner
Lastly, this is probably one of my all-time Veggie Tale cartoons ... the Tale of St. Patrick. (It's on the Sumo Wrestler video if you have that one).
A happy belated St. Pat's day to you and yours! :)
This post also ties in with Hope is the Word's Read Aloud Thursday.