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Though it may only be a small emerald isle, Ireland's heritage is very large indeed. In A Pot O' Gold, noted writer Kathleen Krull and beloved illustrator David McPhail bring this legacy to life. Created for families, this anthology compiles classic and rare examples of Irish culture including stories, poems, songs, recipes, and even a little blarney. From legends of lepre Though it may only be a small emerald isle, Ireland's heritage is very large indeed. In A Pot O' Gold, noted writer Kathleen Krull and beloved illustrator David McPhail bring this legacy to life. Created for families, this anthology compiles classic and rare examples of Irish culture including stories, poems, songs, recipes, and even a little blarney. From legends of leprechauns and fairies to the classic poetry of Yeats and Joyce, this treasury is a perfect way for anyone to share the wonders of Ireland.


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Though it may only be a small emerald isle, Ireland's heritage is very large indeed. In A Pot O' Gold, noted writer Kathleen Krull and beloved illustrator David McPhail bring this legacy to life. Created for families, this anthology compiles classic and rare examples of Irish culture including stories, poems, songs, recipes, and even a little blarney. From legends of lepre Though it may only be a small emerald isle, Ireland's heritage is very large indeed. In A Pot O' Gold, noted writer Kathleen Krull and beloved illustrator David McPhail bring this legacy to life. Created for families, this anthology compiles classic and rare examples of Irish culture including stories, poems, songs, recipes, and even a little blarney. From legends of leprechauns and fairies to the classic poetry of Yeats and Joyce, this treasury is a perfect way for anyone to share the wonders of Ireland.

30 review for A Pot O' Gold: A Treasury of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore, and (of course) Blarney

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amber Escamilla

    I was excited to read this book because the majority of my ethnicity is Irish. There are lots of superstitious stories and home-remedies. Irish are known for being very superstitious. But, the stories were kind of boring. There were some Irish recipes as well which I liked.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lexi DeFalco

    A Pot O’ Gold, written by Kathleen Krull, is a wonderful book full of Irish stories, traditional poetry, folklore, and of course, blarney. I would recommend this novel for all 3rd-5th graders interested in the Irish culture, short stories, and even poetry. A Pot O’ Gold is a great balance of fun reading and informative text. Through its stories of leprechauns and fairies, readers have the opportunity to learn more about Ireland, its people, and its culture. While the majority of the stories are A Pot O’ Gold, written by Kathleen Krull, is a wonderful book full of Irish stories, traditional poetry, folklore, and of course, blarney. I would recommend this novel for all 3rd-5th graders interested in the Irish culture, short stories, and even poetry. A Pot O’ Gold is a great balance of fun reading and informative text. Through its stories of leprechauns and fairies, readers have the opportunity to learn more about Ireland, its people, and its culture. While the majority of the stories are silly, there is truth behind most of them. For example, one short poem, called The Potato, is a sing-songy story of all of the different ways one can eat a potato. Yet, simultaneously, it tells of the Great Potato Famine that impacted Ireland for many years to come. This balance between fun and informative is incredible. For me, A Pot O’ Gold was a WOW book. As someone from Irish descent, I clearly remember hearing many of these stories and poems throughout my childhood. Tall tales of Finn McCool filled my head and I felt comforted whenever someone told me that the road would rise to meet me, a line taken from an old Irish blessing. This was such an exciting way to learn more about my heritage, and what a great way to introduce it to students as well. There are several fun extension activities that I thought of as I read this novel. First, students could use this book as a guide to create a tall tale, story, or poem based on their own heritage and culture. If they are unsure of what that heritage or culture is, this would be a great time to research it. They could even illustrate their story if time allows. Next, students could pick their favorite story, thing or person from the poem and research it more. Was that person thing or story real, or was it folklore, a story passed on for generations? If folklore, what purpose did it serve in that culture and what lessons did it teach? I would create a list of questions to help guide their research and pique their interest. Finally, students could act out one of the stories from the play. Not only is this a fun activity that allows students to work on their public speaking skills, but it also bridges that gap between the real world and those printed words. It helps students to understand and create meaning from the text that they read. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would certainly recommend it to others.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Summer Washam

    I think this book is best for 3rd and 4th graders. It is part of the folklore genre. This book can be used as part of examining different cultures and multiple perspectives in the classroom as this clearly demonstrates Irish history and culture. It can also be used to help students express their own culture. Once students understand what folklore is and the different mediums it can be expressed through, students will create their own piece of folklore pertaining to their own individual culture. I think this book is best for 3rd and 4th graders. It is part of the folklore genre. This book can be used as part of examining different cultures and multiple perspectives in the classroom as this clearly demonstrates Irish history and culture. It can also be used to help students express their own culture. Once students understand what folklore is and the different mediums it can be expressed through, students will create their own piece of folklore pertaining to their own individual culture. This was a wow book for me because I am Irish so I know a lot about Irish folklore already, but this taught me even more about it and it was fun because I feel like it was very relatable to me. It was super interesting to read and the fact that it contains all different things like songs and recipes made it even better, more layered and interesting. Parts of it were also written in verse which is nice so students can be exposed to that type of writing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Chi-Girl

    During the month of March, as an elementary teacher, I always read a variety of Irish picture books and folktales to celebrate my Irish-ness, and in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. This, along with Finn McCoul, is one of my faves. And don't forget Tomie dePaola (of Irish and Italian descent). - I love all of his books. During the month of March, as an elementary teacher, I always read a variety of Irish picture books and folktales to celebrate my Irish-ness, and in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. This, along with Finn McCoul, is one of my faves. And don't forget Tomie dePaola (of Irish and Italian descent). - I love all of his books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This book has a little bit of everything... I love it. So many Irish tales, poetry, limericks, and little sayings and quotes... Everything! So very Irish... <3 The illustrations were lovely. Made me want to get out my watercolors and try to paint some of the Irish landscapes in the book...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I really loved it. I will be getting a copy for my self to read to my kids. The poems were really beautiful and the faerie stories as well.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Paulsen

    A wonderful book full of great poetry, folklore, facts, and stories. Beautiful illustrations and artwork. Definitely a treasure, for both young and old.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ann Santori

    Beautiful illustrations, and the poems selected are fabulous, but the stories/folk tales included are somewhat strange -- with narrative arcs that would likely be too unsatisfying for younger readers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Sheffler

    This is a book full of interesting and fun stories, poems, and Irish blessings! The literature in this book brings insight into the Irish world! It teaches children about Irish heritage, Irish food, and Irish folklore! This is a book that I would use around St. Patricks day to teach students' about the Irish heritage and the culture in Ireland. I think this book would be a great tool to use in the classroom. I would have an interactive read-aloud with students' and read certain stories in the bo This is a book full of interesting and fun stories, poems, and Irish blessings! The literature in this book brings insight into the Irish world! It teaches children about Irish heritage, Irish food, and Irish folklore! This is a book that I would use around St. Patricks day to teach students' about the Irish heritage and the culture in Ireland. I think this book would be a great tool to use in the classroom. I would have an interactive read-aloud with students' and read certain stories in the book. We would then have a discussion as a class about the content and discuss the importance of the Irish culture. I would want to record the information discussed on a large poster board so that it could be posted on the classroom wall and refer back to it in later days.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    This is the best collection of Irish folk lore I've read ... a combination of interesting stories, poems, recipes, home remedies, Irish blessings, all put together in a well organized fashion with wonderful illustrations! Always enjoy this collection! I might try this book's recipe for Irish soda bread this year (I make it every year). And I WILL leave this book lying in my living room to share with guests throughout the month! This is the best collection of Irish folk lore I've read ... a combination of interesting stories, poems, recipes, home remedies, Irish blessings, all put together in a well organized fashion with wonderful illustrations! Always enjoy this collection! I might try this book's recipe for Irish soda bread this year (I make it every year). And I WILL leave this book lying in my living room to share with guests throughout the month!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    A delightful book! The perfect blend of Irish folk stories, lyrics, and sayings. While the content is written for children's enjoyment, I'm 24 and still enjoyed it, learning much more about my Irish heritage. I appreciate the amount of research and careful attention to historical detail that is given in presenting the entries. A delightful book! The perfect blend of Irish folk stories, lyrics, and sayings. While the content is written for children's enjoyment, I'm 24 and still enjoyed it, learning much more about my Irish heritage. I appreciate the amount of research and careful attention to historical detail that is given in presenting the entries.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leila

    A bit of Irish poetry and folklore for St Patty's Day! A bit of Irish poetry and folklore for St Patty's Day!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    It was cute. Perfect for the St. Patricks' Day season. It was cute. Perfect for the St. Patricks' Day season.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Marcus

    A lovely collection of stories with charming illustrations, plus a helpful background on certain Irish poets, authors and the country's history. A lovely collection of stories with charming illustrations, plus a helpful background on certain Irish poets, authors and the country's history.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Randy Imwalle

    This is a very accessible book of Irish folklore. Loved most of the stories, especially the ones concerning leprechauns! I would have liked a few more limericks, but that is just me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Nice for Saint Patricks day.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I read this aloud to Willow over a period of time--some of the stories were over her head, but mostly she enjoyed it. Poems, stories, curses..it has it all!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ryanne

    Great read for St. Pat Day :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jonah

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Hanson

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Lawler

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aislreigh

  26. 5 out of 5

    Angie The Librarian

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyn James

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenifer Morrison

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam

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