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Leprechaun gold
Bateman, Teresa.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
When Donald O'Dell saves the life of a leprechaun but refuses his offer of gold, he finds his good deed rewarded in an unexpected fashion.
Reading Level:
AD 740 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.5 0.5 30848.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.8 2 Quiz: 19141 Guided reading level: P.
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A tale about the value of true riches.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Donald O'Dell saves a leprechaun from drowning and is granted enough gold to last him a lifetime. But because he is a kindhearted humanitarian, Donald refuses the generous gift. After many unsuccessful endeavors to leave the gold for Donald, the leprechaun uses another tactic. He tricks Donald into meeting, falling in love with, and marrying Maureen, who has both heart and hair made of gold. The leprechaun finally succeeds in repaying Donald for his heroic act. This well-crafted story is told in a robust, lively manner. The soft, gentle illustrations rendered in pastel watercolors give the book a slightly surrealistic feeling; the combination of story and artwork creates a visually appealing book. This engaging tale told in the tradition of the fairy tale is a top-notch candidate for reading aloud to individuals or groups. --April Judge

Publisher's Weekly Review

A leprechaun tries to repay a favor with gold, but the man won't accept itÄuntil it comes in the form of a woman with hair of gold and a heart to match. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2ÄDonald O'Dell, a good-hearted handyman, lives a simple life and longs only for a wife and family. Heading home one day, he happens upon a leprechaun trapped in a bubbling stream. He rescues the wee man, takes him home, and nurses him with a steaming cup and a warm fire. Although tradition dictates giving a sum of gold coins to anyone who saves the life of a leprechaun, Donald refuses the generous offer saying he has enough for his needs. With the statement, "You'll accept the gold, one way or another," the leprechaun hurries on his way. In a battle of wills, the magic of the wee folk wins the day in an unexpected way. The whimsical watercolors in pastel shades complete the fantasy and leave one wishing for an early spring when leprechauns are truly a force to be reckoned with. Children will enjoy looking for the leprechaun's hat in many of the illustrations. Written with a slight Irish brogue, this story would be best read aloud with a wee bit of an accent. Mark this one for your St. Patrick's Day picture-book collection.ÄKit Vaughan, J. B. Watkins Elementary School, Midlothian, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.