Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland

written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

The story of Patrick's life, from his noble birth in Britain, to his being captured and taken to Ireland by a group of bandits, to the "dreams" that led him to convert the Irish people to the Christian faith.

A handsome picture-book biography that places this religious figure within a historic context and successfully relates the familiar and not-so-familiar details of his life; for example, March 17 is the date of his death, not of his birth. Readers will particularly enjoy the addition of five legends about St. Patrick, including the snakes and the shamrock. The artist's palette is dominated by earth and moss tones, and conveys a distinctly Celtic flavor. The illustrations range from double-page spreads to half-page illustrations; the constantly shifting balance of art and text adds action to the tale.