Disney Baby My First St. Patrick’s Day

Disney. (Disney My First Stories). Jan. 2022. 12p. Board $8.99. ISBN 9781368069137.
Baby-Toddler–In this bright Disney Baby board book that introduces readers to St. Patrick’s Day, Peter Pan plays a jig on his pan flute as Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse don traditional Irish step dancing costumes. The text starts: “It’s March 17th! Hip hip hooray! Time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!” From there, various Disney characters appear with shamrocks and a pot of gold. The colored text on each page lends itself well to helping youngsters hone pre-literacy skills. However, the book relies heavily on tropes associated with the Emerald Isle, such as leprechauns and shamrocks, rather than presenting an accurate and authentic representation of the holiday.
VERDICT Seek instead to celebrate the day with an Irish folktale such as Tomie dePaola’s Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato.

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