Publication Date: January 2011
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"Ce'ad mi'le fa'ilte." One hundred thousand welcomes from Ireland, a place where Riverdancers dance and uilleann pipes play across the famed forty shades of green. Culture on the Emerald Isle is rich in history, legends, and symbolic reminders of the country's early Celtic roots. Now young readers can explore this magical realm from A to Z.
Beginning in ancient times, symbols of luck (four-leaf clover) and faith (Celtic Cross) established themselves in the Irish culture and have survived for centuries. The country's rich history extends from the Rock of Dunamase and Kilkenny Castle to the legends of St. Patrick and Finn MacCool.
Award-winning illustrator Connie McLennan has been a freelance artist for over 25 years, since attending Academy of Art College in San Francisco. In addition to illustrating Ready, Set, Wait! (Fall 2010), she has also illustrated Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls, The Rainforest Grew All Around, River Beds: Sleeping in the World's Rivers, Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean, and Octavia and her Purple Ink Cloud for Sylvan Dell Publishing. Her studio is at her home in California, where she lives with her husband, teenage son, and one big, black cat.