Patricia A. Richardson Revives the Magic and Mischief of Leprechauns

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“The Retirement of Michael O'Hara” follows the adventures of seven leprechauns who have recently retired from their cobbler profession

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The leprechaun is perhaps one of the most well-known fairy creatures in Irish folklore. In many movies and literature they are depicted as bearded little men who busy themselves making shoes or mischief. Leprechauns will once again capture the reader’s imagination in The Retirement of Michael O'Hara, a charming children’s story written by Patricia A. Richardson.

This book is woven in the tradition of well-loved fairy tales but it is also seasoned with a distinctive spunk which makes it a contemporary treat. Readers will meet seven happy and well-traveled leprechauns including the eponymous Michael O’Hara. Michael O’Hara has retired from his profession as a cobbler of fairy shoes and has chosen to migrate from his Irish glen to a garden in Southern California. A hodgepodge of adventure and mischief awaits the recently-retired fairy folk.

Just like travelling in a blink, a flit or a swoop, The Retirement of Michael O'Hara will transport readers to a whimsical sequence of tea breaks in verdant counties to lively Irish jigs. The rich medley of delightful storytelling and vibrant illustrations makes for a fun and enchanting reading experience.

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The Retirement of Michael O'Hara * by Patricia A. Richardson
Publication Date: April 5, 2012
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4653-8628-1
Picture Book Hardcover; $25.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4653-8629-8

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