Thursday, March 1, 2012

Book Review: Hooray for St. Patrick's Day by Joan Holub

Written by: Joan Holub
Illustrated by: Paul Meisel
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: September 15, 2010
Source: Purchased
Ages: 4 - 8 years

Synopsis: It's Saint Patrick's Day, and time to join in the celebration. Children can lift the flaps for interactive fun as they see the children in this book make holiday crafts, taste traditional Irish food, perform a play about Saint Patrick, and even march in a Saint Patrick's Day parade. As an added bonus, they can search for the hidden leprechaun on each spread. A great way for young readers to learn about and enjoy the holiday.

While a group of children celebrates Saint Patrick's Day, the reader is invited to lift paper flaps and search for a hidden leprechaun.

My kids love interactive books and searching for a leprechaun while each page is read makes reading time more fun. While, our heritage doesn't include a drop of Irish blood, we readily celebrate St. Patrick's Day by wearing green and eating Irish stew.

I loved that it explains the holiday in a concise, rhyming way. The best part of the book is a small glossary of terms on the last page. Using it, I could be sure that I pronounced shillelagh correctly (and also understand what it was). This story is a great addition to your spring themed books.

If the author sounds familiar to middle grade readers, she wrote The Goddess Girls series as well. I know that my youngest enjoyed reading an author that her big sister reads, too.

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