Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day, dear readers and friends! I am wearing one of my favorite green skirts and a favorite green cardigan. The girls will tell you this is nothing special, as I was wearing a different green skirt and a green t-shirt yesterday. Green is my very favorite color in the whole world, you know.

I apologize for not posting much lately. I have stacks of books ready, but last week was very busy for us. It was the last week of school before spring break, and Little Sis had her first grade performance at school. It was a little show about Kansas, and she got to wear her Amelia Earhart costume one more time. Mr. B and I wound up helping, too. We were both stationed in the changing rooms, corralling first graders, then Mr. B ran the light board during the show.

The following day, Friday, was the beginning of spring break, and I took Little Sis to Girl Scout Night at Disney On Ice. I promise to post more about that this week, along with a bit about Cinderella, which the girls and I saw today. In the meantime, I thought I'd share our St. Patrick's Day plans!

We are babysitting Little Sis's best friend from preschool and her big brother (who is Big Sis's age) today. For lunch, we are making personal pizzas, which is Not. Irish. At. All. Yet this is almost perfect, because guess what we checked out from the library for St. Paddy's Day this year? Three books by Tomie dePaola, who is half-Irish-American, half-Italian-American, you know.

Little Sis loves Tomie dePaola, by the way. We all do, but she is an especially big fan. She always liked the Strega Nona books, but fell in love with his Christmas books over the holidays this year.

Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale
by Tomie dePaola.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1990.

Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato was a repeat for the girls, if not for me. Little Sis's drama class at the children's theatre read it only two weeks ago! They were excited to read it again. It's the tale of Jamie O'Rourke, the laziest man in Ireland. One day he meets a leprechaun, and decides to steal his gold. The leprechaun pleads with him to take a magic seed instead. It's a pretty silly story, and lazy Jamie turns out quite the winner in the end. Which may be why I like the second Jamie O'Rourke book better.

Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka by Tomie dePaola.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2000.

Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka is my favorite. When Eileen, Jamie's wife, leaves to visit her sister, she makes Jamie promise to keep the house clean. As soon as she's gone, though, his cronies arrive to spend the evening with Jamie, leaving a huge mess. Jamie goes to bed. During the night, a donkey-looking creature arrives. The pooka has seen the mess through the window, and enters the house to clean up. In the end, Jamie learns a little lesson about pookas - and himself.

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola.
Holiday House, 1992.

I figured I might as well read a book about the real Patrick to the kids at some point. This one is a straightforward telling of Patrick's life, beginning with his enslavement in Ireland. Little Sis, my little artist, loves dePaola's religious books. The main book was fine, but I admit, we liked the little "legends of St. Patrick" part at the back of the book better. That's where the stories of snakes and shamrocks are to be found.

I won't be leaving the house until this evening, when the girls and I head to a read-through of Richard III. I have considered begging Mr. B to run and buy Song of the Sea on Blu-Ray, released today!

I do need a new selkie movie. The Secret of Roan Inish needs company!

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  1. Top o' the mornin to ya! That sounds energetic but I am not feeling it - we are just in from the parade where we balanced four boys on our step ladder so they could get a view. I love Tomie but I think my kids might cry if I get them a book about St Patrick - as you can imagine, they learn quite a bit about him at school. I thought a Pooka was a ghost - is he a donkey in the book? I'd still like to get that one though - and the Song of the Sea.

    1. He is a ghost - a ghost in a sort-of-animal form. I saw some photos from the Dublin parade this morning. It looked amazing! We have a St. Patrick's Day parade in the old Delano neighborhood of Wichita, the Saturday before St. Paddy's Day. We have yet to go. There is always a conflict! This year, it was Big Sis's dance class, followed by a dance performance with her school.

      I can imagine you get the St. Patrick thing a lot! The U.S. is weird. It's really an excuse to enforce every Irish stereotype imaginable. I love Irish music and literature and film, so I take the day as an excuse to immerse myself in it. I hope your day improves! Happy day to you! xoxo

  2. We love both of those books about Jamie O'Rourke, my two year old especially! She had me reading about that pooka over and over again until we finally had to take it back to the library. :)

  3. I've never read the Pooka story! Julia LOVES pookas :) - thank you thank you for the news about Song of the Sea - we really want to see that one! Julia and her pal next door love The Secret of Kells (not sure why so much? i'm not really into that movie, i liked it but didn't loooooooooove it, although i do really like the art style) anyway, i love selkies and i'm super excited to see that one! did you ever see Ondine? (for adults)

    1. I confess, I still haven't sat all the way through The Secret of Kells, although Mr. B and Little Sis really like it. I haven't seen Ondine. I probably saw that Colin Farrell is in it, and scrolled on by. (Not really a fan.) However, I just added it to "My List," so I'll try to get to it soon. ;)

  4. Hands down the BEST St. Patrick's Day books out there. Tomie de Paola is an all time favorite. His books hit the heart!

    1. It was time to vary things a bit. I think we've read Fiona's Luck by Teresa Bateman every St. Paddy's Day for the past five years! :)

  5. Happy St. Patrick's day to you Danzel! You made me curious about the Song of the Sea! I really want to watch it now!

    1. Awww, Happy St. Patrick's Day, dear! I still want to see it, too. We didn't get it after all, but I did squeeze in time for The Secret of Roan Inish.


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