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St. Patrick's Day in the Morning by Eve…

St. Patrick's Day in the Morning

by Eve Bunting

Other authors: Jan Brett (Illustrator)

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Jamie seeks a way to prove he is not too young to march in the big St. Patrick's Day parade.



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Eve Bunting tells this story in third person narration. Jamie Donovan is a young Irish boy who wants to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade. However, everyone tells him that he is too small. Jamie sets out to prove that he is big enough. This book is a good model for incorporating culture and tradition into a story. ( )
  bernadettecasey | Sep 28, 2019 |
Resentful at being excluded from marching in the local St. Patrick's Day parade, young Jamie Donovan awakens extra early on the big day and, together with his dog Nell, walks all the way to the top of Acorn Hill by himself. On his way he meets up with a number of people from his small Irish village. Having proved that he can do it, he heads home again, having left a little flag on the dancing stage to show he was there...

A sweet holiday story about a young boy with a can-do spirit, St. Patrick's Day In the Morning was first published in 1980, and has a somewhat old-fashioned feeling to it. The Ireland depicted here, in both text and artwork, felt somewhat historical to me, rather than contemporary, which makes sense, as author Eve Bunting moved away from (Northern) Ireland in the 1950s, and illustrator Jan Brett is American. Leaving that aside - and it isn't necessarily a criticism - the story were was engaging, and will no doubt strike a chord with many young children, who will identify with Jamie's experience of being told he is too young for something. The artwork is cute, although not Brett's strongest. Recommended to anyone looking for solidly engaging stories about St. Patrick's Day for younger children. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Mar 9, 2018 |
Sweet little story and his determination. A wonderful read aloud
Curricular Connections:
*Author study
*Illustrator study
*Traditional Irish culture
  JulieBFEL | Mar 9, 2016 |
This is a wonderful story written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Jan Brett that tells the story of young Jamie and how he and his dog create their own St. Patrick's Day parade. Their parade includes simple celebratory elements, Jamie playing the flute, wearing his big brother's holiday sash, and colorful local characters they meet along the way. The illustrator uses mostly black and white in the illustrations and pops of color to bring focus and fun to the drawings. It is a sweet story and empowering to young children that they can create their own simple, celebratory, holiday traditions.
  Keinhorn | Jan 14, 2016 |
Summary: This book is about a young boy names Jamie who wakes up early on St. Patrick's Day to show that he's not too small to walk all the way to the top of Acorn Hill. He marches with his dog while his family and most of the town are sleeping. He completes the march and gets back home before his parents or brothers even notice. They think that he is going to be sad because he is too small to go to the march, but they do not know that he had already done it!

Review: I think this book's main message was that people are capable of doing things if they put their mind to it, regardless of what others may believe. For example, when Jamie is getting tired climbing up Acorn Hill, he says to his dog, "Don't be giving up now Nell, we're nearly there," and then they get to the top. I enjoyed this book.
  ekrzys1 | Oct 6, 2014 |
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