The Unluckiest Leprechaun by Far (Happy Tails)
By Michele L Sayre, Christina Cartwright (Illustrator)
So the rule of thumb for interactions with Leprechauns is usually humans capture them for their luck and their ability to give them three wishes. But what if a Leprechaun doesn’t have any luck and can’t grant any wishes? What does one do then?
The narrator, Brianna, is raised on stories about leprechauns by her Irish mother and grandmother. Her family tells a tale of a man named Paddy O'Roarke, a captured leprechaun who granted three wishes to Brianna's ancestor, Maebh. Maebh used her wishes wisely and married Paddy, passing down luck and magic through their bloodline. One day, while visiting her grandmother, Brianna encounters a young leprechaun named Liam who leads her into the fairy realm. Liam reveals that his family's luck is dwindling, and he needs Brianna's luck to restore it. They dance under the moonlight, and Liam's family's luck is miraculously restored. Brianna returns home with a box of gold coins from Liam and shares her adventure with her grandmother. They celebrate their newfound luck and blessings, and Brianna dreams of dancing with Liam under the moon.
This was such a fun and imaginative story. My family is Irish and I was brought up with stories of leprechauns and fairies too. My kids loved learning about mudpies and want to throw one at me now. We all loved the magic, how the archway turned day to night and brought Brianna to the fairy realm. If your kids love magic or leprechauns, they are sure to love this story.
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