St. Patrick's Day

9781682629284. ea: 9 min. Dist. by Dreamscape. $38.99.
K-Gr 3—Beloved author/illustrator Gail Gibbons's early nonfiction books display her inimitable clarity of style and deserve to be translated to media formats. Though her original works date back to the 1990s, the content is not outdated. The history of both holidays sets the context. English-as-a-second-language classes would find these programs useful for understanding American customs. Though the productions are minimally animated, music and sound effects do improve the presentation. By far, St. Patrick's Day is the livelier and more entertaining of the two, accompanied by the sounds of birdsong, pipe, and guitar. In Valentine's Day, there is a valentine how-to bonus track, with step-by-step instructions.
VERDICT If you have to choose, purchase St. Patrick's Day for its energetic content and its six legends about the intriguing patron saint of Ireland.

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