S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet (Discover the World) Info

Book and Ebook Reviews of the Best Kids' Books - Read over 112 reviews for S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet (Discover the World) by Eve Bunting,Matt Faulkner and see what others have to say about this book before you download. Read&Download S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet (Discover the World) by Eve Bunting,Matt Faulkner Online Author:Eve Bunting,Matt Faulkner Formats:Hardcover Publication Date:Feb 16, 2007


Small in size (less than 400 by 200 miles) the country of
Ireland holds a big place in world and human history. And many from
around the globe proudly lay claim to ancestral ties there. S is for
Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet gives readers a guided A-Z tour of this
small island country whose influence extends far beyond its sea borders.
Famous landmarks such as the Blarney Stone and Finn McCool's Giant
Causeway speak to the land and history that shaped Ireland and its
inhabitants. The prose and poetry of Eve Bunting, Irish native and
children's book author, bring the magic and mystery, character and
culture of the Emerald Isle to vivid life.To find recipes, games,
interactives maps and much more for this title visit
www.discovertheworldbooks.com! Author Eve Bunting's many honors include a
Special Achievement Award from PEN International for her contribution
to children's literature. In 2002 she was chosen to be Irish-American
Woman of the Year by the Irish American Heritage Committee of New York.
Ms. Bunting lives in Pasadena, California. Matt Faulkner also
illustrated The Night Henry Ford Met Santa. Awriter and illustrator of
numerous children's books, Matt is also a contributing illustrator to
national publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street
Journal. He lives in California.

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Reviews for S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet (Discover the World):

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Jul 07, 2016

It was mostly okay - lots of interesting information and cool illustrations.

But WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY WOULD YOU MAKE 'R' FOR RIVERDANCE?
Irish dance is not "Riverdance." Riverdance is the name of a show (which is mentioned in the text, yes). Irish dance is the style of dance.
WHYYYYYYYYYYYY
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Apr 07, 2014

S is for shamrock is a fun book filled with facts about Ireland, its history, and how Irish culture has influenced other cultures. This book would be great to use during multicultural month when students will learn about all people that helped shape up America to the country it is today.
5

Mar 10, 2020

Eve Bunting is of Irish descent, and so is the perfect author for this book. Rhyming quatrains are used to describe each person, place or thing in this book. In addition, there is a sidebar for each letter with more detailed information, which is more suitable for an older student or adult. For example, "B" is for "Blarney Stone" includes what the word "blarney" means and information about the stone itself. Other subjects include "Claddagh" Ring, "Dublin,""Fairy" Rings, "Hedge Schools," and Eve Bunting is of Irish descent, and so is the perfect author for this book. Rhyming quatrains are used to describe each person, place or thing in this book. In addition, there is a sidebar for each letter with more detailed information, which is more suitable for an older student or adult. For example, "B" is for "Blarney Stone" includes what the word "blarney" means and information about the stone itself. Other subjects include "Claddagh" Ring, "Dublin,""Fairy" Rings, "Hedge Schools," and more. The illustrations are ink and watercolor. ...more
4

Feb 06, 2015

Nice alphabet book with easy rhymes for little ones and extra information for adults. Mom learned a lot about Ireland, too!
4

Mar 31, 2009

Read with my son, and we really liked it. Full of facts about Ireland and Irish culture presented with beautiful illustrations and just the right amount of information per page for an 8-year-old.
5

Feb 05, 2013

Read this to the little one tonight, was really cute...though I am sad it didn't mention Oscar Wilde
4

Aug 26, 2012

Another of these combination books. It has some poetry for a 2nd or 3rd graders yet has the history of Ireland for the 5th grader.

AR 5.8
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Mar 14, 2012

This reminds me so much of our trip to Ireland when I was pregnant with little M. Super cute & informative.
4

Nov 03, 2011

Read at Preschool Story Time on 11/3/11: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/...
4

May 12, 2014

It's a good book and very informative.
By reading this book I got a picture about Ireland--since the old time to modern time.
It's very interesting.
4

Nov 08, 2010

This is a fun book. You can do a quick read with the kids, following just the verse explanations on each page, and then go through on your own and learn some fun trivia about Ireland with the more detailed sidebars. Nice illustrations as well.
4

Feb 19, 2012

A fun book I can read to my daughter around St. Patrick's Day. I really loved the layout of the book and the big colorful illustrations. It is an alphabet book that introduces Ireland to the reader. There is a short text explanation and then also in small print there is more description. It is a book she can grow into. There is a series of other books and I would love to get more!

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Apr 09, 2009

It tells you all about Ireland. My favorite parts was about the Giant's Causeway. It is these hexagon shaped columns made from volcanoes. It was a coincidence because last week we were looking in a science book and we saw the same thing in real life.


IT is recommended for Ireland fanatics!
5

Jan 13, 2011

I've read several books on Ireland, and didn't expect to learn much from this one. Not only was I wrong, but pleasantly surprised by some of the choices for the various letters, which leaned heavily on Irish history and its meaning in today's Irish culture. Nice blend of North and South as well without glossing over "The Troubles". High marks for including the information in a straight forward way.
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Feb 23, 2016

Beautiful, in both illustrations and words, S is for Shamrock is an Irish alphabet book filled with a wealth of information of this green, lush land. From Blarney Stones to Fairy Rings, and St. Patrick through Ulster and beyond, you'll be amazed how many historical and fictitious facts are crammed into this book.

A lovely addition to any library, public, private, or school, for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
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Dec 10, 2013

This book is much like "D is for Drinking Gourd". It is used to show the importance of the tiny little island of Ireland and the influences that it has all around the world. There again is two sets of information that the reader can read. A more descriptive version of what is said in the illustrations is available to read. The illustrations are very true to the Irish culture and are very beautiful. This book can be used in the classroom to introduce the Irish culture to some students that may This book is much like "D is for Drinking Gourd". It is used to show the importance of the tiny little island of Ireland and the influences that it has all around the world. There again is two sets of information that the reader can read. A more descriptive version of what is said in the illustrations is available to read. The illustrations are very true to the Irish culture and are very beautiful. This book can be used in the classroom to introduce the Irish culture to some students that may not know about it. ...more
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Mar 25, 2016

This is a book full of fun facts about Ireland and Irish culture. It literally goes through the entire alphabet starting with "A is for Ancient Ireland" and ending with "Z is for Zed." You'll have to read the book to find out more information.

Honestly, I was not a huge fan of this book, but I think it is because Irish culture isn't super interesting for me. I think it is a well written book and the concept is cool, but it just isn't for me.

I would leave this in my classroom for my students and This is a book full of fun facts about Ireland and Irish culture. It literally goes through the entire alphabet starting with "A is for Ancient Ireland" and ending with "Z is for Zed." You'll have to read the book to find out more information.

Honestly, I was not a huge fan of this book, but I think it is because Irish culture isn't super interesting for me. I think it is a well written book and the concept is cool, but it just isn't for me.

I would leave this in my classroom for my students and maybe use it for a social studies lesson. ...more
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Aug 01, 2010

S is for Shamrock, by Eve Bunting, is a great cultural resource. It would be a great book to use in the classroom to introduce Ireland and its culture to young readers. Every letter is connected to an import aspect of the culture and has authentic and meaningful illustrations. In addition, the book provides two sources of information to the reader. First, there is important information within the illustration for younger readers. However, the author then provides a more detailed explanation off S is for Shamrock, by Eve Bunting, is a great cultural resource. It would be a great book to use in the classroom to introduce Ireland and its culture to young readers. Every letter is connected to an import aspect of the culture and has authentic and meaningful illustrations. In addition, the book provides two sources of information to the reader. First, there is important information within the illustration for younger readers. However, the author then provides a more detailed explanation off to the side. It takes the information given at the basic level a step further. It gives the reader historical information about the intended topic. This book would be appropriate for students who range from second grade to eighth grade. ...more
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Mar 13, 2012

"S Is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet" is fantastic for anyone interested in Irish culture, legends and history. The short rhymes are perfect for reading out loud to a young child, while the longer sidebars of historical information will appeal to older children who can read it on their own. Even adults might learn something new (I did!)

The illustrations are wonderful and fascinatingly complex. Although some of the intricacy is lost due to the sort of crosshatched, sketched drawing style (at "S Is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet" is fantastic for anyone interested in Irish culture, legends and history. The short rhymes are perfect for reading out loud to a young child, while the longer sidebars of historical information will appeal to older children who can read it on their own. Even adults might learn something new (I did!)

The illustrations are wonderful and fascinatingly complex. Although some of the intricacy is lost due to the sort of crosshatched, sketched drawing style (at least in my opinion), one could spend ages studying each page and keep finding more and more details.

Readers of any age will enjoy this book. Looking forward to checking out the rest of the Discover the World series! ...more
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Mar 07, 2016

I liked this book, but the illustrations left a bit of something to be desired. As a for instance, "L is for Leprechaun" but the illustration of a leprechaun did not match the description- in the longer text for the presumably-adult readers reading this book to the "picture book market" - AT ALL.

I also found it rather odd that "E is for Ellis Island," because Ellis Island is in New York. Sure, Irish immigrants passed through it, but I'd have thought "E is for Emerald Isle" to be a better choice. I liked this book, but the illustrations left a bit of something to be desired. As a for instance, "L is for Leprechaun" but the illustration of a leprechaun did not match the description- in the longer text for the presumably-adult readers reading this book to the "picture book market" - AT ALL.

I also found it rather odd that "E is for Ellis Island," because Ellis Island is in New York. Sure, Irish immigrants passed through it, but I'd have thought "E is for Emerald Isle" to be a better choice.

I did learn some interesting tidbits of Irish history in this book: For instance, I had no idea that the Blarney Stone was not just a rock in a field. I was surprised to learn that it is actually set in a thick wall and requires some contorting to kiss it. I also enjoyed learning of the folklore origins of the Giant's Causeway. :-) ...more
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Nov 10, 2016

As an alphabet book this one is unique because for each letter there is a section that is simple text that often rhymes or is silly or interesting, but also a history-oriented section that expands on what the word for that letter is all about. This makes this book more authentic and it also allows students/people with different levels of ability and interest to be able to read it and learn something from it. Many of the letters are for things that help explain or teach about something deeper As an alphabet book this one is unique because for each letter there is a section that is simple text that often rhymes or is silly or interesting, but also a history-oriented section that expands on what the word for that letter is all about. This makes this book more authentic and it also allows students/people with different levels of ability and interest to be able to read it and learn something from it. Many of the letters are for things that help explain or teach about something deeper about Irish culture, such as U is for Ulster that explains about the Troubles and some of the history of unrest between Norther Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. There are also ties made to Irish culture today such as M is for Modern Ireland and ties to American culture such as T is for Titanic because the ship was built in Belfast, Ireland.

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5

Mar 06, 2017

This terrific book takes you on an alphabetical tour of Ireland.

You'll learn about the Blarney Stone, Fairy Rings, Leprechauns, St. Patrick, Shamrocks, and that there is no letter X in the Irish alphabet.

Informative and fun, with wonderful illustrations by Matt Faulkner.

3

Mar 11, 2017

This is a great book with lots of facts if you chose to read it aside from the Alphabet of Ireland. It is often quite sad. Beautiful drawings.
5

Mar 19, 2017

Gorgeous illustrations of all things Irish. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day!
4

Oct 30, 2019

As someone of Irish descent, I enjoyed reading this book as it gave me more insight about my ancestral home. I have always wanted to visit Ireland, and this book made me smile as it used the alphabet to describe the proud country. I would definitely recommend this book to any families with Irish heritage to read to their children.

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