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Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland [Paperback]

By Tomie dePaola (Author)
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Relates the life and legends of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Publishers Description
The story of Patrick's life, plus well-known legends.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 364
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 521
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 789

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Holiday House
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.8" Width: 8.3" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1994
Publisher   Holiday House
Age  4-8
ISBN  0823410773  
ISBN13  9780823410774  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tomie dePaola ( is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. His books range from autobiographical stories to retellings of folktales and legends to original tales, such as the Strega Nona books. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > Irish
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > Religious
4Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Ages 4-8
5Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Saints
6Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8
7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > Saints

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A Charming Tale!  Aug 1, 2006
This is a very lovely presentation of the life of St. Patrick. I used it for a vacation bible school group of 2nd and 3rd graders. They easily understood the story and really loved the pictures.
A wonderful introduction to the real St. Patrick for children!  Oct 31, 2005
I have always enjoyed the picture books of Tomie dePaola. His unique illustration style is immediately recognizable and is reminiscent of religious icons found in Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Not surprisingly, dePaola often tackles Christian themes, making them accessible for younger readers and their parents. Among my all-time favorite children's book is his "The Clown of God," which I have enjoyed reading to children prior to Christmas.

"Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland" is another such book. The simple narrative mainly addresses Patrick's early years as a British boy, captured by the Irish to become a slave shepherd in Ireland. After many years alone in prayer, he escapes, but eventually is called in a dream to return to Ireland to spread the love of God. After religious studies, becoming a missionary and then a bishop, he finally returns to Ireland, setting up churches, but not without opposition from some of the local rulers.

What I appreciate about this version of St. Patrick's story is the dependency on historical fact in the main narrative. The book concludes with six one-page summaries of the better-known legends of Ireland's patron saint, such as driving out the snakes, and his use of the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. Refreshingly, these legends are briefly, but affectionately, told without judgment. It is left to the reader (or the parent) to decide what to make of them.

The author concludes with a one-page epilogue, lovingly explaining how he was introduced as a young child to St. Patrick by his Irish Catholic grandparents.
for catholics only  Jan 30, 2005
This book is fine if you are Catholic, but I was hoping for something more accessible for non-Catholics. For example, the legend of the shamrock is not very meaningful if you are not already acquainted with the trinity or Jesus or the Holy Spirit, etc. This would definitely not be a book to use to teach anything about the Catholic faith to non-Catholic, non-Christian children, which is what I was hoping to use it for.

I like how dePaola has a section at the end for the legends of St. Patrick, separating these from the biography. I was raised an Irish Catholic and I was hoping to be able to share some of that heritage with my own children through this book, but in the end, all of the miracles and mumbo jumbo are too hard to swallow. My daughter was confused about which parts of the story were "real" and which were "for pretend." I think it was a little too much for her to choke down. I had to try to explain to her what baptism is, but she just stared at me blankly.

The illustrations are quite lovely, and I would recommend this book highly for all Catholic school libraries.
Informative & Fun!  Jan 13, 2003
Growing up in an Irish Catholic family myself, I had heard a great deal about St. Patrick. When we received this book as a gift I started reading it to my children, and they loved it. There were stories even I hadn't heard about St. Pat! As with his St. Francis book, Tomie DePaola's book holds children's interest throughout the many stories while other books of this length lose children. Kids remember the stories and repeat them because they are told so lovingly and in such a fun way! I now bring this book to their school and read it to all their classrooms every St. Patrick's Day to let children know that there is more to Patrick than green beer!
Learn more about the Patron Saint of Ireland  Oct 30, 2002
A wonderful book by Tomie dePaola filled with helpful information about the true story of St. Patrick's life, as well as fun legends attributed to the patron Saint of Ireland. dePaola's bold illustrations lend to the attraction of the book. He mentions at the end of the book his reasons for writing it and his attraction to Saint Patrick. My own eight year old son has a strong devotion to Saint Patrick and this book is among his favorites. I appreciate the clear differentiation between fact and legend in this book and would highly recommend it for any family.

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