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|Title: Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland|
By: Tomie DePaola
Number of Pages: 30
Vendor: Holiday House
Publication Date: 1994
|Dimensions: 10.58 X 8.40 X 0.11 (inches)|
Weight: 5 ounces
Stock No: WW410774
This timeless picture book, available in large-format paperback or as the board book Saint Patrick, is a perfect introduction to important Irish legends and an ideal St. Patrick's day gift.
Beloved children's book author-illustrator Tomie dePaola recounts the life of Saint Patrickfrom his noble birth in Britain, to his captivity in Ireland, to the visions which led him to return and found the first Christian church in Ireland.
With his signature bold illustrations and engaging prose, Tomie dePaola recounts a number of legends about the Saintincluding the well-known story of how he drove the snakes from Ireland, and his association with the shamrock.
"DePaola's rich colors are somewhat muted here, and beautifully balanced; the whole effect is decorative, reverent, and serene. Five legends appear at the end, each succinctly stated and with a single illustration--a good way to differentiate between the historical and the apocryphal. An excellent contribution."Kirkus Reviews
"The colors are rich and warm, and the gestures and expressions speak of elemental drama, exaggerated and yet formalized, and with occasional playful detail. . . . In a final cheerful note, dePaola remembers himself as a young child seeing a 'very colorful statue' of Saint Patrick and the snakes when his Irish maternal grandfather took him to church in Connecticut. The joy of those memories can be felt in this picture book." Booklist
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