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Wonderful Irish tales bring us deep into the culture and the history...

“S Is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet” is fantastic for anyone interested in Irish culture, legends and history. The short rhymes are perfect for reading out loud to a young child, while the longer sidebars of historical information will appeal to older children who can read it on their own. Even adults might learn something new (I did!)

St. Patrick, the beloved patron saint of Ireland, was ordained as a priest in Britain and sent to Ireland to minister to Christians and to convert the Irish, then pre-dominantly pagans, to Christianity. Because Patrick was familiar with the Irish language and culture from the years he'd spent in captivity there (when he was captured at age 16), he chose to incorporate Irish ritual and symbols into his teachings rather than to eradicate Irish beliefs. Thus, was born the Celtic cross. Patrick...