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The Leprechaun in the Basement

Press:Albert Whitman & Co Albert Whitman & Company (January 1, 1998)
Publication Date:1998-1
ISBN:9780807544518
Author Name:Tucker, Kathy/ Sandford, John (ILT)
Pages:32
Language:English

Content

It's St. 
Patrick's Day, but Michael doesn't feel like celebrating.
His dad is out of work and has no money for new baseball shoes.
As Michael heads into the basement on an errand, he hears someone singing--it's a leprechaun, conmplete with pot of gold!

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-A matter-of-fact tone and contemporary details make this a picture book that can be read throughout the year, but it's likely to be especially popular around St. 
Patrick's Day.
Michael McKeever and his family are down on their luck-but not too far down.
His father is out of work but they still have a roof overhead and plenty to eat; there's just precious little to spare for new baseball shoes.
Michael is thrilled to discover a leprechaun (with the traditional pot of gold) in the basement.
Unfortunately, O'Leary loves his gold as much as Michael loves baseball, and therein lies the rub.
All turns out well, but not exactly in the expected manner, giving the somewhat flat story a pleasant twist.
Sandford's illustrations also help to flesh out the tale.
Executed in watercolor and pencil, the artwork is most appealing when it features the pointy-eared leprechaun.
Michael and his parents are less distinctive in appearance.
The relatively long text and rather serious subject matter make this a good read-aloud choice for primary grades.
Younger listeners may need to be reassured that things work out in the end, which is implicit but never expressly stated in the text.Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PACopyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Ages 4^-7. 
Michael wants a new pair of baseball shoes, but he has to make do because his father is out of work.
On Saint Patrick's Day, Michael goes down into the basement and, to his surprise, meets O'Leary the Leprechaun, who has a pot of gold.
Michael thinks he should be given the gold because that's the tradition of leprechaun lore.
O'Leary refuses to give up his gold because he is greedy.
But, in the end, both Michael and O'Leary learn some very valuable lessons about understanding, compassion, and acceptance of situations that are at times less than perfect.
The brightly colored illustrations, reminiscent of Michael Hague's work, enhance the blend of magical elements and everyday realities portrayed in the story.
Libraries might buy this for the Saint Patrick's Day tie-in, but it is really a book about relationships.
A good addition for larger picture-book collections.
April Judge

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"A good addition for larger picture-book collections."Booklist

From the Inside Flap

It's St. 
Patrick's Day, but Michael doesn't feel like celebrating.
His dad is out of work and has no money for new baseball shoes.
As Michael heads into the basement on an errand, he hears someone singing--it's a leprechaun, conmplete with pot of gold!

About the Author

Kathy Tucker is a published author and an editor of children's books. 
Some of the published credits of Kathy Tucker include The Seven Chinese Sisters, The Story About Me, The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia, and Do Pirates Take Baths.John Sandford is a published author and an illustrator of children's books.
Some of the published credits of John Sandford include Sudden Prey and The Leprechaun in the Basement.

Tags

Children's Books,Holidays & Celebrations,St. Patrick's Day,Religious,Literature & Fiction,Short Story Collections

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Comment List (Total:4)

  •     Cute story and interesting pictures. Best for kids aged 6, 7, 8 & 9. Enjoyed the historical aspect of the book and how Ireland ties into the US in past history.

  •     Endearing story of a family struggling with financial issues due to unemployment.The Leprechaun in the Basement teaches a little boy values that transend the monetary ones.

  •     I really like this story and read it to the kids every year. This story takes place in a basement in Chicago. It focuses on the meaning of sharing.

  •     Michael McKeever's family is down on their luck, with Michael's father being out of work, and Michael's mother has told Michael that they have to "Make Do". Michael desperately needs need baseball shoes, as his toes are pushing through the ends, but his family cannot afford new shoes and Michael must "Make Do".Unbeknownst to them all, O'Leary the Leprechaun has been living in their basement and is discovered by Michael on St. Patrick's Day. Michael is familiar with the tales of leprechaun's gold and desperately wants new baseball shoes. O'Leary is a very greedy leprechaun, and refuses to share his gold with Michael. Michael will have to "Make Do" as his mother says and cannot convince O'Leary to share even a small part of his gold.During the night, greedy, old, cantankerous O"Leary has a change of heart and sews Michael a beautiful new pair of baseball shoes. Michael feels that things will be definitely getting better in their household.Colorful book for ages 4-7, and children will learn some timely lessons in family hardships, compassion, and understanding. I thought that it was a rather cute tale and if read with a parent, the parent can help the child learn about the lessons presented in the book.

 

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