We LOVE St. Patrick's Day at our house! I've told this story before, but at year 3 or 4 of my blog (?? which is it??) I'm totally repeating my material. Enjoy! Growing up, St. Paddy's was not much of a thing. I never had corned beef and cabbage until I was 30 years old and Andrew suggested we make some. I thought that sounded REALLY GROSS. Little did I know that corned beef and cabbage is pretty much the best thing ever.
Leprechauns were not a big thing in Hawaii, but menehunes were ~ they are basically the Hawaiian equivalent. I'm pretty sure there are totally a lot of leprechauns living in the West Maui Mountains, and I'm pretty sure that someday when I go to Ireland, I will find definitive evidence of leprechauns, or maybe a fairy ring. Julia and I are convinced that we've been seeing fairy rings everywhere lately and the other day, Julia TOTALLY FOUND A FOUR LEAF CLOVER. Andrew confirmed it. Then they showed it to me. Yep, 4 parts.
So what does that mean? Should I buy a lottery ticket?
'Leprechauns and Irish Folklore' by Mary Pope Osborne and Nathalie Pope Boyce as an early St. Paddy's gift for Julia. Early gift as in, I bought it and accidentally left it in plain sight, and then Julia found it.
Friends......this happens ALL THE TIME.
The leprechaun folklore book is meant to be a companion book to one of the books in the Magic Tree House series, 'Leprechaun in Late Winter', which Julia bought with her birthday bookstore gift card money that she got from her aunty.
"clurichauns really hate to work. instead, they love to drink wine and have fun."
I have this to say to the clurichauns: PLEASE COME BE MY FRIENDS.
There's also tons of fun info about banshees (death fairies), which....don't those totally sound like the dementors from Harry Potter?
Also, pookas, ballybogs (peatbog fairies that resemble trolls), charms, baby snatching, fairy mischief and lore about Irish kings. So much awesome! I would have adored this book when I was young. Lots of pix, lots of interesting details, art and photographs of actual Irish geography.
I have a few Irish and English fairy tale books that are real deal compilations of folklore that clearly were not written for children, and they are boring and have no pictures and are only for reading with a bottle of irish whiskey in one hand and a harp in the other. DON'T TRY THAT AT HOME WITH THE KIDS!