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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme


The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn’t by Siobhan Parkinson
Published by The O’Brien Press Ltd., 1993
ISBN 0-86278-334-8

Complete with a glossary explaining words like amadán, eejit and ogham, this book, suited to children aged 6 plus, contains an exciting mix of old Irish words and up-to-the-minute expressions. When his fellow leprechauns disapprove of Laurence’s attempts to reform his character, and ask what’s wrong with being a leprechaun, Laurence replies “It’s too corny, it’s just not cool. All the really hip people are human beings.”

The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn’t by Siobhan Parkinson

When he gets discovered by Phoebe he insists he’s a “huming” being just like her.

The conversation between the two carries the reader along. Laurence’s transformation from leprechaun to gremlin produces some entertaining incidents.

An entertaining and challenging read first published in 1993, and now as a Yellow Flag Reader by O’Brien Press.

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