ST. PATRICK AND THE THREE BRAVE MICE by Joyce A. Stengel

ST. PATRICK AND THE THREE BRAVE MICE

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Age Range: 6 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this original spin-off of a renowned legend, a snake filches the hand bell that St. Patrick had used to drive all the other snakes out of Ireland. Witnessing the deed, the little mouse Tulla follows the snake back to its den, then with help from her two brothers drags the bell back to the sleeping Saint. Up rears the wrathful snake; can Tulla ring the bell before she becomes another victim? The mice look particularly tiny, the snake particularly cunning in Leonhard’s shadowy nighttime scenes—and Patrick, awakened, is appropriately awesome in his flowing green and gold-trimmed robes. The briefly told tale doesn’t quite match Sheila MacGill-Callahan’s The Last Snake in Ireland (1999), illustrated by Will Hillenbrand (an entirely different story), for action or lively language, but it does offer a courageous heroine and a good measure of suspense. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-58980-663-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Pelican
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2009