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Fiona's Luck Hardcover – January 15, 2007

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A greedy leprechaun king gets his comeuppance at the hands of a clever lass in this plucky Irish folktale. Distressed that free-roaming leprechaun luck was being soaked up by all the "big folk" who had arrived in Ireland, the king of the leprechauns ordered all his people's luck to be gathered and locked in a hidden treasure chest. Alas, they went too far and Ireland suffered its worst luck ever in the form of the potato famine. In short order, a sharp young woman named Fiona hatches a plan to retrieve Irish luck from the leprechauns, a plan that involves outsmarting the wee king with inventive reasoning and a bit of playacting. Bateman's (The Ring of Truth) original story brims with the entertaining hallmarks of folklore and fairytales (e.g., magic, a test of wits, a wish granted). But her wordy writing style often slows the proceedings and may confuse younger readers trying to puzzle out the bargain between Fiona and her leprechaun foil. Murphy's (Boll Weevil Ball) textured mixed-media compositions, in a predominantly dusky palette, keep pace with the action. Freckle-faced Fiona's changeable expressions hint at her scheming and the lively sweet-faced leprechauns flit across the pages. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)
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Kindergarten-Grade 5—Using the background of the Irish potato famine, Bateman weaves a tale of Irish history and leprechauns, threads it with optimism, and embroiders it with cleverness and luck. At one time, luck was in abundance in Irelandz—until the leprechaun king got angry at the humans for soaking it all up. Using a spell, he steals it away. The people fall on hard times, and Fiona uses her wits to get it back from the wily king. Murphy's illustrations are richly toned and evocative. Some are spreads, full of color in a folk-art style; on other pages, the smaller spot illustrations highlight the details in the story. Each page is a harmonious blend of artwork and text, which makes the story an engaging read-aloud, and it's also accessible to young readers. Children will love this tale, particularly the facial expressions on Fiona and the small people who surround her, and they'll delight in the young woman's cleverness and quick thinking.—Luella Teuton, Western Kentucky University College of Education, Bowling Green, KY
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  • Publisher : Charlesbridge (January 15, 2007)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1570916519
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1570916519
  • Reading age : 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile measure : AD810L
  • Grade level : Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Dimensions : 9 x 0.5 x 11.25 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great folk tale about the luck of Ireland
By S Reichelt on June 5, 2017
Great folk tale about the luck of Ireland, how to leprechauns came to have it, and how one girl got it back.
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