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The Leprechaun's Gold

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  235 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Based on a classic Irish folktale, this is theperfect picture book to share on St. Patrick’s Day.

In this classic Irish legend, two harpists—merry-hearted Old Pat and ill-spirited Young Tom—set off for a contest to name the finest harpist in all of Ireland. When Young Tom realizes that Old Pat is truly the better musician, he schemes to be the winner—but he doesn't reckon
Paperback, 40 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published 2004)
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Mar 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
A nice story about a kind-hearted old man and the selfish, upstart young man both of whom are traveling to the castle to compete in the harp competition. As we might expect, the old man is rewarded for his kindness in helping a leprechaun while the young man has bad luck for ignoring the leprechaun and sabotaging the old man. It's nothing outstanding but still a pleasant story and better than some of the leprechaun-themed ones I've read.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good wins in the end!
Maddy Gebhardt
"The Leprechaun's Gold" by: Pamela Duncan Edwards is an Irish legend which tells the tale of two well known harpists in Ireland. One of the harpists, Old Pat, is a very experienced and good at playing the harp, but doesn't have a lot of money. The other, Tom, is younger than Pat, but he believes he is better at playing the harp. Both Pat and Tom decide to audition in a harping contest hosted by the King. The night before the audition, Tom snapped a string on Pat's harp, so that he wouldn't be ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
The Leprechaun's Gold by Pamela Duncan Edwards, illustrated by Henry Cole is the story of a musical duel where kindness beats cunning, with an assist from a leprechaun.

Cole's illustrations feature lots of green along with blue, gold and brown. My favorite images are Pat hiking to the palace past sheep, and discovering the gold harp.

The morals of being kind, and that selfishness and scheming may be punished, are humorously told. This is a pleasant tale with leprechaun magic. Pat is akindly main
Allie Knerr
The Leprechaun's Gold, is about an old man and his way of living and sharing his music verses the way a young man wants to share his music. The old man want to play for free he does not need to be rich in money he would rather be rich in friends, where the young man dose not understand why the old man won't play for money. The young man gets greedy with wanting to be the best so he can become rich which is when his harp strings break and he can no longer play the harp in the contest. The ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-kids
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This is a good book to teach a helpful and humble heart vs. greedy and all-for-myself attitude, and ultimately which one “pays” more. And a good glimpse into the Irish lore of leprechauns. It also has hidden four-leaf clovers through out the book to find, which the boys really enjoyed looking for.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
A great story highlighting the fact that you get what you deserve.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
Good choice for St. Patrick's Day. It has a good message too - honesty and kindness pay off.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun read for your primary aged kids. There's a challenge at the end of the book to find all the 4 leaf clovers that pulls the kids into reviewing the pages
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Two harpists compete A nice story about being humble versus greedy. It would make a good read around St. Patrick's Day.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
You are rewarded for being humble and kind
Joy Gerbode
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful tale for S
Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School
Old Pat loves to play his harp and bring merriment to those around him, while young Tom views his own talent as a harpist as a way to earn money. When the king announces a contest to name the best harpist in Ireland, the two set off together. Along the journey, young Tom secretly breaks Old Pat’s harp string. When the two travellers hear a cry for help, it is old Pat who risks the tricks of Leprechauns to see who needs aid while young Tom takes off. It is indeed a leprechaun and after helping ...more
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: holiday
I am looking for books for my St. Patrick's Day story time, and decided to try this book. This is the story of kind Old Pat who loved to play the harp, and Tom one of Old Pat's former students. Tom is arrogant and sees Old Pat as a rival for an upcoming harp contest. Tom plays a trick on Old Pat, but in the end the leprechaun's play a trick on Tom and reward Old Pat. The story tries to teach the value of friendship and generosity.
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday-a-k
What a delightful way to introduce leprechauns to children. This is the most entertaining book on my shelves about St. Patrick's Day. Specific strong points:
• The old man was the good guy.
• Young kids can easily distinguish good and evil behaviors.
• The humorous situation between rabbit and leprechaun is original.
• The art is perfect (as are the hidden clovers).
I'm not quite sure what the scene with all the leprechauns adds to the story.
The Brothers
There are two harpist, Old Pat and Young Tom, who set out together to go to the Royal Harping Contest. Young Tom is devious and mean and tries to undermine Old Pat's chances by breaking one of his harp strings. Old Pat is kind-hearted and demonstrates this by saving a leprechaun from a rabbit's grasp while Young Tom refuses to help. The Royal Harping Contest comes and ... well, I bet you can guess the rest.

Really good illustrations (artist: Henry Cole of the Warthog book fame)
Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it
My children enjoyed the story, my seven-year-old re-read it more than three times to herself, but most intriguing they loved finding the hidden four-leaf clovers on each page.

This was a short story about jealousy, talents, and doing good because it's the right thing to do. The art was enjoyable as well.
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Old Pat kindly plays his harp to hear, while Young Tom plays only to earn money.

Old Pat says "I am rich in friends, and that is enough"

That is beautiful!

Old Pat is also kind and repaid by the leprechauns. Young Tom learns his lesson.

Readers can try to find the 16 four leaf clovers that are hidden throughout the book.
Jonathan Barnett
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good kids story for the Month of March. The story is about finding the finest harpist in all of Ireland. An Elder tries his hand at the contest. Tricks are in store because of a Leprechaun and a younger competitor.
Julie W
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful illustrations and beautiful language. A great tale with a nice message about being kind and generous with your talents. Read it for several days in multiple classes as I sub for the librarian at the elementary school. It didn't get old.
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This is such a happy book! I like it very much
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
It isn't a great story, but you get to hunt for 4 leaf clovers in the illustrations.
Elizabeth S
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-picture
Nicely done story showing the value of honesty and loving your work. Great art.
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even more fun than my attempt at an Irish accent was going back to try and find the four leaf clovers in the story when we finished it. Another library book success! Alice's pick.
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is wonderful story of two competing harpists and a leprechaun who would set things right. The children especially liked searching for the hidden shamrock on each page.
Apr 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
Old & young men in harp contest - lessons about kindness, greed w/leprachauns sprinkled in! Nice illustrations
Katie Plumley
* Cute book that can be used at St. Patrick's Day. Can illustrate to kids the Irish beliefs of Leprechauns, and the children can write their own stories and thoughts about Leprechauns.

* K-3
Camille Tesch
Sep 26, 2016 marked it as to-read
Ireland ages 6-8
Skylar Burris
Feb 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Irish folktale. Moral: don't be a jerk.
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Pamela Duncan Edwards grew up in northern England and moved to the United States several years ago with her husband and two sons. She has lived in the Washington, D.C. area ever since. Her father wrote children’s stories for magazines in England and his love of children’s literature was a huge influence on her. Pamela taught preschool for eleven years in England before becoming a children’s ...more