And it's Friday again! Little Sis is riding in her St. Jude Trike-A-Thon this morning, then her spring break begins! Big Sis was off as of yesterday. We have a few things planned for the week, but first, we have St. Patrick's Day. I doubt we have much time to enjoy it, but we tend to love St. Patrick's Day. For one thing, I celebrate all the gorgeous green. Green is my favorite color, of course. I also love all things Irish. (Like my love for all things Scandinavian, my love for Irish stuff has nothing to do with my own heritage.) Big Sis loves Celtic music, and she loves it when I find her a fun station on Pandora. And we always read Fiona's Luck by Teresa Bateman, with beautiful pictures by Kelly Murphy [Charlesbridge, 2007]. This one is so beloved that it lived in the little shelf by Big Sis's bunk for nearly two years. We have other books on hold at the library to pick up today. Tales from Old Ireland [Barefoot Books, 2006] is a favorite from last year. We should own our own copy. It's so well done, and it contains a version of "The Children of Lir," my favorite sad Irish fairy tale. I'm looking forward to reading The Leprechaun's Gold by Pamela Duncan Edwards [Katherine Tegen Books, 2006]. Henry Cole's illustrations look lovely on the HarperCollins website. And last, I thought we'd read Tomie dePaola's account of the real St. Patrick. I think we may have checked it out before, but I honestly can't remember. (Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola. Holiday House, 1992.)
I don't know if I'll be able to fit in any crafts this weekend, or even some Irish soda bread making. The girls are in a play, and the rehearsals are on the weekends. The weather is supposed to be beautiful. I may take them to a local parade Saturday morning, though. We'll see.
And with or without the children, I may try to fit in one of my two favorite Irish-themed family films from the 1990s, Into the West and The Secret of Roan Inish.
Neither of the girls have given Into the West a chance yet, but Big Sis watched The Secret of Roan Inish with me last year and loved it. She surprises me sometimes. It is a rather quiet, mystical movie, but she thought it was beautiful. (Which didn't stop me from laughing hysterically at this Onion article a friend posted on my FB wall not long afterward. Scroll down for the Roan Inish reference.) And selkies? They're just cool.
If you don't have access to the DVDs, Into the West is streaming on Netflix and someone has posted The Secret of Roan Inish on YouTube in its entirety.
As always, Merry Weekend! Happy Reading! And