The St. Patrick's Day parade on Fifth Avenue starts the author off on a chronicle of the life of the saint which incorporates a brief history of Roman Britain, separates legend from established fact, and concludes that Patrick's greatness lay in saving Roman learning for the world. The spirit of the Ould Sod is considerably muted, and the religious setting takes second place. (Monasteries are identified as ""something like the colleges of today,"" a place where ""brilliant men lived, studied and taught."") For these reasons, it is particularly appropriate for non-Irish, non-Catholic children. The drawings are somewhat more sketchy, somewhat less simple and bold, than the subject would seem to suggest, but the book as a whole is au acceptable introduction to secular celebration.