* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, but since today is St. Patrick’s Day we wanted to share our favorite book on a Monday rather than a Tuesday this week! Here it is:
Today’s great book: St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Jan Brett (1980, Clarion Books)
Teacher Website: http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/readers_guides/bunting/
The Illustrator’s Website: http://www.janbrett.com/index.html
Time to Read: short and sweet; March 17 was made for this book!
Summary: from the back of the book…”Come and join Jamie Donovan as he creates his own St. Patrick’s Day parade and proves that he is big enough to climb Acorn Hill!”
Best Quote from the Book: “The sun jumped up like a firecracker from behind the mountain. ‘A happy St. Pat’s to you, sun,’ Jamie shouted. The words made a great shimmer of sound in the emptiness.”
Our View: This books has always seemed like an old classic to me. It has that wonderful Jan Brett illustration to accompany the gracious, kindhearted text of Eve Bunting – and there is lots of green on every page to put you in that St. Patrick’s Day spirit. The other aspect of the book that we like is how we watch the little boy figure out a way to become part of the grand celebration of the village. There is just no way to consider a book like this as just a story for the holiday. It is so much more and so beautifully told.