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Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna Balian

Leprechauns Never Lie
Leprechauns Never Lie
Lorna Balian
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Abingdon Press; Fourth Printing edition (December 1, 1987)
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After capturing a leprechaun, Gram and Ninny Nanny believe their problems will soon be solved by the mischievous elf's treasure but soon discover that his directions to the cache are not so easy to follow
  • Miromice
I had purchased several books with "leprechaun" or "Irish" themes to share with my grandchildren around St. Patrick's Day. The storyline of this book was fun and held their attention, as this lazy girl, Ninny Nanny, and her Grandma are down to eating "rainwater soup" due to Ninny Nanny's unwillingness to do her chores. The one thing she is willing to work at is finding a leprechaun, because then he would have to tell them where his gold is hidden and they would be rich. Surprisingly, she stumbles upon one of the little men and she and Gram tie him, neck high, in a potato sack. He cleverly keeps Ninny Nanny busy looking for the gold as she, unwittingly, is accomplishing the badly needed chores around the place. In the end the leprechaun gets the best of them, but they have the fruits of Ninny Nanny's labors and are no longer destitute. An entertaining "wee folk" story that incorporates a moral as to the value of work without sounding preachy. You could use the book any time of the year to subtly encourage getting chores done, because there is no mention of the St. Patrick's Day holiday in the story.

The purchase I initially made was a used copy of the original edition. In that volume the art is all sepia-toned, except for the clothing of the leprechaun, which is very green. It is a clever approach, but I almost had the feeling that I was trying to get kids of this generation to sit down and watch a black and white movie. Once they were interested in the story it went fine, but at first they were hesitant. So when I saw that they had republished it with full-color illustrations I had to buy another copy. Lecia Balian has stayed true to her mother, Lorna's, original illustrations, she has just put in lush color, which gives a much richer, Irish countryside feel to the book. As another reviewer stated, there are a few places where the background detail seems almost photographic (maybe computer generated ?), and, in fact, detail has been heightened in many of the background scenes. This new edition is a visual feast and I am glad I purchased this book again.
  • Binthars
My favorite Irish tale with a lesson for young children. Love the colorful language. I was totally surprised when I opened the book and saw the colored illustrations. Apparently Lorna Balian's daughter painted in the illustrations and had it republished. Original illustrations were mostly mono-colored shading with specific story elements painted more colorfully....a trade mark of Lorna Balian's picture books.
  • Arith
An old favorite. Read to your students or children with an Irish lilt in your voice.
  • Winenama
Balian has the gift of writing that enables you to read this in a passable Irish accent. It was one of my favorite books to read to second-graders around St. Patrick's day when I was a school librarian. The illustrations add to the humor of the story which has a delightfully cheeky female out-matched (as always in Irish tales) by the leprechaun.
  • Mushicage
One of my favorite books for my granddaughters. Be sure you throw in a little Irish accent when you share it.
  • Corgustari
As a librarian, I must say that this is my hands down all-time favorite St. Patrick's Day book! It is a very entertaining story with a surprise twist at the end! Even my Kindergarten classes love it!!
  • Tto
I always liked this story as a kid, and so does our three year old. Tells how putting in the work brings reward.
I miss the sparsely colored edition of old... But I just adore this story!!! And the color is a bit better to keep my toddler's attention.