You won’t find many chapter books in author Salina Yoon’s repertoire. She knows who her audience is and she creates books that she knows they’ll love. Writing and illustrating books that inspire children is her passion and it shows in every board book she publishes. A South Korean native, Salina Yoon has spent much of her life writing and illustrating dozens of innovative novelty choice for young children. Some of her works include The Icky Sticky Frog, Five Silly Turkeys, Halloween, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, and St. Patrick’s Day Countdown.
It’s this latter story that is one of her most shimmery titles. The story is intended to introduce the littlest readers to the Emerald Island and it does so from the very beginning. The story counts down from five shamrock patches to three leprechauns to the one pot of gold. It’s a simply told introduction of some of the more notable features of the Irish-originated holiday.
The small, sturdy cardboard book is bright green with five green holographic shamrock tabs, which makes the book itself look like a shamrock. There’s a cute, friendly looking leprechaun on the cover of St. Patrick’s Day Countdown holding a pot of gold. There are forest friends who help countdown to St. Paddy’s Day by turning the pages, leaving fewer shamrock petals the further into the book you go. Salina Yoon skillfully illustrates this charming tale with sweet rhyming verse in such a way that will easily make this book a favorite story for years to come.
This is a wonderful book that helps build excitement for a holiday that its readers may not know much about. The targeted audience is children under the age of two, which is apparent by the style of the cartoons, simple story, and the bright, shimmery features of the book. Salina Yoon knows her audience. It’s no wonder why she is a favorite author of books for kids who haven’t learned to read yet, and why this book is a standout of the many books written about this fun, whimsical time of year. Make a point to read picture books like this in the days before St. Patrick’s Day.