Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland


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An illustrated tribute to the Irish patron saint from the best-selling author of Quiet, Strega Nona, and many others.

Beloved children's book author-illustrator Tomie dePaola recounts the life of Saint Patrick—from his noble birth in Britain, to his captivity in Ireland, to the visions which led him to return and found the first Christian church in Ireland. 

With his signature bold illustrations and engaging prose, Tomie dePaola recounts a number of legends about the Saint—including the well-known story of how he drove the snakes from Ireland, and his association with the shamrock. 

This timeless picture book is a perfect introduction to these important Irish legends, and an ideal St. Patrick's Day gift— perfect for sharing with your family. 

Also available in a special board book edition, Saint Patrick, for the youngest readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823410774
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 01/01/1992
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 160,748
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: AD770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Tomie dePaola is the beloved Caldecott Honor- and Newbery Honor-winning author and/or illustrator of close to 250 books, including Strega Nona and Quiet. Tomie was born in Connecticut and grew up there with his parents, brother, and two sisters. He loved reading and books from an early age and knew, when he was four, that he wanted to write and illustrate stories when he grew up. Tomie is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association for his "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children," the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association, and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children’s literature." He was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration and has received the New Hampshire’s Governor’s Arts Award of Living Treasure.


Connecticut and New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1935

Place of Birth:

Meriden, CT

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Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
elm More than 1 year ago
This book is a favorite of my grandsons. It's a believable story and it's about a real boy! The story is beautifully and interestingly illustrated. I was happy to find a book at this skill level about St. Patrick for them.
mccabe1030 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hynes Library:A classically illustrated book from Tomie dePaola. The book depicts St. Patrick's life from the time of his childhood until he dies in Ireland. The book also includes several popular legends that are associated with St. Patrick.
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CathyG More than 1 year ago
Tomie's illustrations and stories are so colorful and clear for adults and children alike.His research on the subject is always first rate and his drawing style in his earlier works especially appeals to me. The subject of Patrick draws us to our Irish roots.