Last Snake in Ireland: A Story about  St. Patrick
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21. Last Snake in Ireland: A Story about
St. Patrick
(Holiday House, 1999)
Sheila MacGill-Callahan & Will Hillenbrand
(Grades 2-4)

Long ago, Ireland was plagued by snakes, snakes, and more snakes! They crawled through the crowds, hissed in the homes, and slithered through the streets. Something had to be done, so Patrick rang a snake call on his magic bell and sent all the snakes in the land to faraway places. All the snakes, that is, except for one- the biggest, sneakiest snake in all of Ireland.

“… it’s an entertaining story with fun and drama in the unusual paintings. Done with a variety of media, they achieve unique textures and warmth, and the artist’s sense of humor is a perfect complement to the story.”

Kirkus Reviews

“In Hillenbrand's… softly hued pastel and watercolor paintings, snowy-bearded Patrick has the predominantly sweet countenance of a Santa Claus, while his beady-eyed nemesis is all forked-tongued nastiness. The rolling green countryside and vast blue waters evoke Ireland's timeless landscape.”

Publishers Weekly

“Hillenbrand's mixed-media illustrations engulf the pages with humor, texture, and exuberant color. Perfect for holiday collections as well as year-round reading, this story should slither into any collection.”

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