Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland
by Tomie dePaola
Available at Amazon.com
With Tomie dePaola’s signature illustration and simple writing style, this book tells the story of Saint Patrick, from his roots as a Roman slave to the height of his powers. At the end of the book, Tomie shows myths and legends about Saint Patrick. My favorite is driving the snakes from Ireland—but I also love the picture of him cruising across the water on a rock.
Activities and tie-ins:
Color Celtic Designs: Your children will enjoy the Celtic design elements in the illustrations. Click here to print Celtic designs and alphabets for your students to color and here to print Celtic knot patterns.
Learn about Celtic Designs: Your class will get so much more out of coloring Celtic designs if you take a few minutes to teach them about the history. This website is perfect for a quick study. I particularly liked learning about Celtic animals. Kids love animals, so you know it’s a natural fit for the classroom.
Illustrate & Write: Tomie dePaola’s deceptively simple style is enticing for children to imitate—your class would love to illustrate their favorite part, writing a short paragraph underneath the illustration.