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A pot o' gold : a treasury of Irish stories, poetry, folklore, and (of course) blarney
Krull, Kathleen.
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New York : Hyperion Books For Children, [2004]

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181 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
A collection of stories, folklore, poetry, and songs from Ireland.
Only an hour away: The sea -- The enchanted cap -- All day I hear the noise of waters / James Joyce -- Herring is king / Alfred P. Graves -- Saint Patrick and the salmon -- Fate of the children if Lir -- Irish lullaby / Alfred Graves -- Not just potatoes: The food -- Wheatlet, son of Milklet -- Bewitched butter -- Onions and herrings / Jonathan Swift -- The potato -- Irish stew -- Irish soda bread -- Marshmallow crackers -- Alive alive-O: The music -- Musician's invitation -- Larks / Katherine Tynan -- Strings in the earth and air / James Joyce -- Traveling men of Ballycoo / Eve Bunting -- Cockles and mussels (Molly Malone) -- Fairies' dancing place -- Emerald isle, The pride: Saint Bridget spreads her cloak -- Limerick lasses / Alfred Graves -- Finn McCool and the Scottish giant -- Land of eternal youth -- Ireland / Dora Sigerson -- Irish battle cries -- Irish blessing -- All things bright and beautiful / Cecil Alexander -- In love with words: The scholars -- Irish student and his cat -- Ode to writers / Arthur O'Shaughnessy -- Where my books go / Yeats -- Man who had no story -- Fields and farms: The land -- Wind that shakes the barley / Katherine Tynan -- Donald O'Neary and his neighbors -- Lake isle of Innisfree / Yeats -- My land / Thomas Davis -- Enchantment: The fairies -- Fairiea in New Ross -- Fairies / William Allingham -- Fair, brown and trembling -- Stolen child / Yeats -- To cure a child under a fairy spell -- Star-child / Oscar Wilde -- Who makes the fairies' shoes?: The leprechauns -- Patrick O'Donnell and the leprechaun -- Leprechaun / William Allington -- Leprechaun / Robert Joyce -- People never stop talking: The blarney -- What it is, how to do it, and the blarney stone -- Limericks -- Brian O'Linn -- Folk riddles -- Riddle / Jonathan Swift -- Irish oaths and curses -- Curse / John Synge -- Ancient Irish folk cures -- Philosophies of the very young / Wilde.
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Though it may only be a small emerald isle, Ireland's heritage is very large indeed. In A Pot O' Gold, noted writer Kathleen Krull and beloved illustrator David McPhail bring this legacy to life. Created for families, this anthology compiles classic and rare examples of Irish culture including stories, poems, songs, recipes, and even a little blarney. From legends of leprechauns and fairies to the classic poetry of Yeats and Joyce, this treasury is a perfect way for anyone to share the wonders of Ireland.

Author Notes

David McPhail has written and illustrated more than eighty books for children, He lives with his family in New Hampshire

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-8.ust in time for St. Patrick's Day,rull has gathered togetheramesoyce and William Butler Yeats, the children of Lir and Oscar Wilde's Star-Child, Irish curses and folk cures and riddles, blessings and battle cries. Nor has she neglected limericks; Saints Patrick and Bridget; herring, potatoes, butter; or the man who had no story. It's a little breathless, although one can hardly fault her expansive purview; she even includes the origins of the Blarney stone. This is a pretty book, populated with fairies, leprechauns, and selkies and decorated with knotwork borders. McPhail has captured the saturated greens of Ireland in all their misty, moist glory, and his figures range from the marvelous portraits of the Traveling Men of Ballycoo to the plump and toothy farmers of Wheatlet, Son of Milket. The introduction and appended source material are useful, as arerull's general headings, such as The Sea, The Music, The Scholars, and The Land. --GraceAnne DeCandido Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

A host of books offer glimpses into the history, literature, traditions and activities surrounding various cultural festivities. The wit and whimsy of the Emerald Isle can be found in A Pot O' Gold: A Treasury of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore, and (of Course) Blarney, edited by Kathleen Krull, illus. by David McPhail. Poems by James Joyce and words of wisdom from Oscar Wilde appear alongside classic myths, stories and poems about Finn McCool, fairies, leprechauns and saints Patrick and Bridget, among others. McPhail's signature pen-and-ink and watercolor wash illustrations well reflect the mysterious subjects of many of the works. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-6-This well-rounded collection explores both the physical and mythical properties of the emerald isle. Many expected characters emerge-St. Patrick, Finn McCool, and St. Bridget. Fairies and leprechauns appear, as well as selections about Ireland's food, music, pride, scholars, and land. Blessings, curses, cures, war cries, and lullabies are also included. Children will love the limericks and the folk riddles. McPhail's signature full-color illustrations enliven the pages and add tremendous appeal for younger readers. The stunning cover and spine shimmer with the gold promised in the title and honor the intricate designs found in the Book of Kells. This is an eclectic grouping and an excellent introduction to the country's culture. The author's stated desire, to make the great literature of Ireland accessible to children, is well fulfilled by this anthology.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

James JoyceAlfred Percival GravesAlfred Percival GravesJonathan SwiftKatherine TynanJames JoyceEve BuntingAlfred Percival GravesDora SigersonCecil Frances AlexanderArthur O'ShaughnessyWilliam Butler YeatsKatherine TynanWilliam Butler YeatsThomas DavisWilliam AllinghamWilliam Butler YeatsOscar WildeWilliam AllinghamRobert Dwyer JoyceJonathan SwiftJohn Millington SyngeOscar Wilde
Introductionp. 1
Only an Hour Away: The Sea
The Enchanted Capp. 5
All Day I Hear the Noise of Watersp. 10
Herring Is Kingp. 11
Saint Patrick and the Salmonp. 13
The Fate of the Children of Lirp. 17
Irish Lullabyp. 22
Not Just Potatoes: The Food
Wheatlet, Son of Milkletp. 27
Bewitched Butterp. 31
Onions and Herringsp. 35
The Potatop. 37
Irish Stewp. 38
Irish Soda Breadp. 39
Marshmallow Crackersp. 40
Alive-Alive-O: The Music
The Musician's Invitationp. 43
Larksp. 44
Strings in the Earth and Airp. 45
The Traveling Men of Ballycoop. 47
Cockles and Mussels (Molly Malone)p. 54
The Fairies' Dancing Placep. 57
Emerald Isle: The Pride
Saint Bridget Spreads Her Cloakp. 61
The Limerick Lassesp. 63
Finn McCool and the Scottish Giantp. 65
The Land of Eternal Youthp. 71
Irelandp. 75
Irish Battle Criesp. 77
Irish Blessingsp. 78
All Things Bright and Beautifulp. 80
In Love with Words: The Scholars
The Irish Student and His Catp. 85
Ode to Writersp. 87
Where My Books Gop. 89
The Man Who Had No Storyp. 91
Fields and Farms: The Land
The Wind That Shakes the Barleyp. 97
Donald O'Neary and His Neighborsp. 101
The Lake Isle of Innisfreep. 106
My Landp. 108
Enchantment: The Fairies
The Fairies in New Rossp. 113
The Fairiesp. 114
Fair, Brown, and Tremblingp. 119
The Stolen Childp. 127
To Cure a Child Under a Fairy Spellp. 131
The Star-Childp. 133
Who Makes the Fairies' Shoes? The Leprechauns
Patrick O'Donnell and the Leprechaunp. 147
The Leprechaunp. 152
The Leprechaunp. 154
People Never Stop Talking: The Blarney
What It Is, How to Do It, and the Blarney Stonep. 159
Limericksp. 161
Brian O'Linnp. 163
Folk Riddlesp. 166
A Riddlep. 167
Irish Oaths and Cursesp. 168
The Cursep. 169
Ancient Irish Folk Curesp. 171
Philosophies for the Very Youngp. 173
Source Notesp. 175
Acknowledgmentsp. 182