That’s What Leprechauns Do

There are few topics acclaimed author Eve Bunting has yet to tackle.

She has written more than 100 childrens books over the years and has many awards to show how talented and respected she is by those who read her books and the people paid to judge literary works. Among the many awards bestowed on Eve Bunting is the Golden Kit Award in 1976 from the SCBWI. Hers is one of the most recognizable names of authors of books intended for a younger audience. Some of her titles are education reads, but she’s also done some for plain old fun. Such a book is called That’s What Leprechauns Do, and who better to explain this than an author born and raised in Northern Ireland, home of the little men dressed in green?

Eve Bunting’s tale of three leprechauns – Ari, Col, and Boo – must get to work. They have to race to the secret spot where they buried the pot of gold they have to protect and dig it up before the gorgeous rainbow gives away their secret. The clouds start to gather so there’s no time for antics, not that that’s going to stop them. They can’t resist the impulse to have fun on their way to Paddywhackers Bog because That’s What Leprechauns Do as well.

Your kids will love the pictures in this book. It is delightfully illustrated by Caldecott medalist Emily Arnold McCully. Her colorful St. Paddy’s Day-themed colors bring out the whimsical nature for which leprechauns are known. She depicts the little gold keepers as disheveled, yet dapper creatures, wearing a mix of different colors. With Emily Arnold McCully’s illustrations and Eve bunting’s playful story written in a cheerful Irish style makes this a great story to read on the jolly holiday.

That’s What Leprechauns Do is a thoroughly enjoyable read for children ages 4 to 8, but, really, it’s adorable and clever enough to be a favorite of kids of all ages. Newcomers to Eve Bunting’s books (if there are any left) will revel in this comical tale of the three little leprechauns. It’s a great read for St. Patrick’s Day or any other day of the year.

That’s What Leprechauns Do


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