24th out of 39 books — 11 voters
Saint Patrick and the Peddler
Here is a lilting Irish tale concerning a kindly peddler in Ballymena, an old porridge pot, and a visit from the spirit of St. Patrick. The full-color panoramas are reminiscent of 19th-century English romantic painters.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Orchard Books (NY)
(first published January 1st 1993)
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Mar 19, 2012 Kathryn rated it 3 of 5 stars
The gorgeous illustrations of Ireland are my favorite part of this story. Just lovely! The story itself is mildly interesting; I gather from the author's note that the author combined a folktale (of perhaps non-Irish origins) with some legends of St. Patrick to create a new version of the tale. I think I would have rather read the original version, but I do appreciate the author's creativity. In this story, a poor but kind peddler is visited in his dreams by St. Patrick who gives him rather vagu...more