Children love the anticipation of holidays. Picking out Halloween costumes, making Valentines for their friends, writing letters to Santa...it's all part of the fun and celebration that comes with each holiday! So when I found out about the book "The Naughty Leprechaun Story...A St. Patrick's Day Tradition," I was excited to add some tradition to what's usually just a "green" day!
The packaging of this book is similar to that of the very popular "Elf on the Shelf," but instead of a stuffed elf, each box includes a 3.5-inch etched gold coin from a "pot-o-gold," along with a hardcover book. The box ensures that your book and coin will be carefully preserved to keep the tradition alive for years to come! The coin alone was a hit with my boys, my oldest carrying it around with him throughout the day, excited for us to read through the book. Each side of the coin pictures a leprechaun, one naughty, one nice.
The story begins with the Legend of Liam and Leyland, two twin leprechaun brothers with two very different personalities. Liam's the hard worker while Leyland prefers a life of mischief. Put the two together and you'll never know what you'll get! Enter the magic of the gold coin.
Being the recipient of the gold coin is quite an honor, but it comes with an important lesson is good luck just "luck," or can it be earned? Liam wants to believe it can be earned by doing your best, but Leyland has other ideas and believes mischief to be more fun. But starting on March 14th, your children can try to determine their fate by choosing which leprechaun they want to visit each night leading up to the 17th.
Will the coin be placed on the Liam side after a day of hard work and good deeds and therefore awake to treasures and prizes? Or will they take a chance on their luck and find tricks and sweet treats left by Leyland? Only the leprechauns know who will visit and children will delight in discovering what awaits them when they wake each morning! They'll have three days to figure out the riddle and learn what truly brings good fortune to their lives!
The book is beautifully illustrated, with images colorful and eye-catching for the youngest in your family! This book will definitely stir up the excitement in your children's eyes in the days leading up to St. Patrick's Day. It is sure to become a fun family tradition, and bring out a bit of fun and mischief for the parents, too!
"The Naughty Leprechaun Story" was written by local mom Stephanie Hicks, who says she has always valued creating fond memories for her children. She said this annual tradition has created priceless memories and allowed her children to learn that “luck” is less than random chance (flipping a coin), but that it is created through hard work and doing the right thing.
You can purchase "The Naughty Leprechaun Story" locally at The School Place of Roswell or Learning Express in Alpharetta and East Cobb. Or, you can order it online via the book's website or through Amazon.com. The book, including box and coin, retails for around $30.
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