Sunday, March 17 we will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day. I don’t know if everybody celebrates this special day, but we do. We get dressed up in green and I have to wear silly glasses and hats. And eat potatoes. That parts ok. I like potatoes.
St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland because he supposedly brought Christianity to that country. So for the last 1,000 years the Irish have celebrated a feast day for this man. And for some reason that celebration has become a very popular one for all kinds of people who may not even be Irish. It’s an odd thing.
I have done my part this week by reading a ton of books about St Patrick’s Day! Leprechauns and gold and rainbows and potatoes and green and parades and clover. And lots of weird talking! Shillelaghs and Erin go bragh! What does that mean?! Anyway, Here are all the books that we read this week:
My favorite one was St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Jan Brett. You can’t get much better than Eve Bunting and Jan Brett! The book was published by Clarion Books in 1980.
Jamie is a wee Irish lad who very much wants to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade with his dad and brothers. But they think he’s too small to make it to the top of Acorn Hill. So early on the morning of, Jamie puts on his mom’s raincoat, his dad’s hat, his brother’s green sash and grabs the flute on the table. He sets off with his best buddy, Nell, the sheepdog. (That’s the best part! His best friend, Nell the dog!). The two of them walk through the sleeping town meeting a few nice, helpful neighbors on the way and make it all the way to the top of Acorn Hill. All by themselves! They leave a flag on the stage and head back down the hill. Thinking about how surprised everyone will be when they see the flag and wonder who has been there!
It’s a great story with some great illustrations – all in black and white and green and yellow.
You need to check this book out and go find a parade!
And to get you in a right Irish mood I give you Van Morrison and the Chieftains – and you can’t get much better than that! Makes me get up and dance!