Now that it's March, it's time to crack out the St. Patty's Day books. Today we read The Luckiest Leprechaun. ER liked it because one of the main characters is a dog and she's all about puppies right now. This one has the typical grouchy leprechaun who's world is turned upside down by a dog named Lucky who accidentally digs up part of his home beneath a tree in a park. Short version: the leprechaun can't get rid of the Lucky, until one day she chases away a Professor who's trying to prove the existance of leprechauns. The leprechaun finally realizes that friendship is more important than gold.
I liked this book because it's really about the importance of friendship and has some very general references to St. Patrick's day folklore, such as who leprechauns are in the first place, which she'd never heard about before.
For our storytime art, we made green bell pepper shamrock prints. Cut one bell pepper in half, dip in a shallow container filled with a little green paint, and then made prints on our paper. They do kind of look like shamrocks, if you think of it as abstract art! Ours even had four little sides so it was a lucky four leaf clover shamrock. This also ties into our on going color studies. She really enjoyed it too, although they may have looked more like shamrocks before I attempted to add little stems, cause I am not an ar-tist!