In this classic Irish legend, two harpists – merry-hearted Old Pat and ill-spirited Young Tom – set off for a contest to name the finest harpist in all of Ireland. When Young Tom realizes that Old Pat is truly the better musician, he schemes to be the winner – but he doesn′t reckon with the clever trickery of a mischievous little leprechaun. Noted picture book creators Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole have imagined a joyful and fanciful tale with a priceless lesson.
With messages about giving freely of yourself and your talents, and putting others first, this is an enjoyable, folksy, and slightly moralizing tale set in Ireland. With it’s little bit of Leprechaun intervention, this is a fun read for St. Patrick’s Day.
<p>Pamela Duncan Edwards is the author of numerous popular picture books, including <em>Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; Some Smug Slug; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Rosie’s Roses; The Leprechaun’s Gold;</em> and <em>Gigi and Lulu’s Gigantic Fight, </em> all illustrated by Henry Cole; as well as <em>Dear Tooth Fairy</em>, illustrated by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick; <em>McGillycuddy Could!</em>, illustrated by Sue Porter; and <em>The Neat Line, </em> illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. She lives in Virginia.</p>
Henry Cole was a celebrated science teacher for many years before turning his talents to children’s books. He has worked on over one hundred fifty books for children, including his own Unspoken, Big Bug, A Nest for Celeste, Jack’s Garden, Brambleheart, and On Meadowview Street. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL. You can visit Henry online at www.henrycole.net.