"S is for Shamrock ... Try to find one. If you do, Irish luck will come to you."
S Is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet (Discover the World) by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Matt Faulkner Sleeping Bear Press; (February 2007); 40 pages; ISBN 9781585362905Eve Bunting was born in Ireland. Several of her books are appropriate for St. Patrick's Day. In her book, S is for Shamrock, she describes places and things in Ireland, from the letters A to Z. Highly educational, some of the topics covered include the Blarney Stone, Claddagh, Giant's Causeway, Leprechauns, St. Patrick and, of course, the shamrock. A short poem accompanies each letter, with more detailed information for older children included in the sidebar. This would be a useful book for homeschooling because the layout makes the book interesting for children of various ages. Faulkner's detailed, colorful drawings accompany each letter and a map of Ireland is shown in the front of the book. My preschool daughter liked looking at the pictures and reading some of the poems, but the majority of the book is a tad too advanced for her age. Teacher's Guide (Review copy provided for free for review purposes by publisher)
"When new grass grows in the sunny meadow, what do rabbits do? Hop all over in the clover."
Spring Song by Barbara Seuling, illustrated by Greg Newbold. Gulliver Books/Harcourt; (March 2001); 32 pages; ISBN 9780152023171
We checked this book out because of the spring themed title, but the gorgeous illustrations by Greg Newbold clearly steal the show. I'd gladly frame a few of the pages and hang them on my walls - yes, they are that stunning! The front cover shows a beautiful painting of rabbits eating clovers and inside the book, paintings of spring landscapes and animals busy in the spring season fill the pages. The text by Seuling, in a questions and answers format, discusses animals' actions (bullfrog, bear, skunk, mole, eagle and rabbits) upon the arrival of spring. My daughter likes the frog picture, and I love all the rural landscapes. (Review copy from public library)
stART project - Bunnies in a Field of Clover Craft
Inspired by the pictures of bunnies eating clover in Spring Song, we made our own clover patch out of pipe cleaners and some playdough. The kids each made their own brown rabbit. We cut out rabbit shapes from brown construction paper, they used crayons to color parts of the rabbits white and pink, and then we attached cotton ball tails and googly eyes. We wanted to rabbits to stand up by themselves, so I cut out strips of paper, taped them in circles and stapled to the back of each rabbit. We had fun pretending the rabbits were eating the clover field using the book as the backdrop.
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