Leprechaun in Late Winter
Jack and Annie are on their third mission to find (and inspire!) creative people to bring happiness to others through the arts (Mozart and Louis Armstrong so far). Set in Ireland, Jack and Annie meet an Irish girl and go on a magical adventure that changes the girl's lifeshe grows up to be Lady Gregory, who helped bring back the Irish legends, started a theater, and helped the Irish people regain both their heritage and their pride.
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The highlighted quote describing leprechauns was written by Lady Gregory, whose birth name was Isabella Augusta Persse (March 15, 1852 – May 22 1932). She was an was an Irish playwright, folklorist and theatre manager. You will learn more about her when you read the story. Her image is below. (This annotation contains an image)
Have you read any other books in the Magic Tree House series, by Mary Pope Osborne? She is a children's author whose best-known works include over forty books in the Magic Tree House series. Her award-winning Magic Tree House books have been translated into more than thirty languages.
Chapter One - A Beautiful Word
Jack is having trouble thinking of a writing topic for his homework assignment. Annie suggests that he write down facts about things that he sees outside. What do you do when you are unsure what to write about? Do you have any brainstorming techniques that you like to use?
How do Jack and Annie know that the treehouse is waiting for them?
In the highlighted passage, we learn that it was difficult for Irish girls to explore their creativity in the 1900's. This was due to girls being expected to work around the house and take care of their family members. Most girls received only an elementary school education.
How will the magic Irish whistle help Jack and Annie on their mission?
Chapter Two - The Big House
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
Refer to details in the text and illustrations to describe the setting of Ireland when Jack and Annie visit.
Read the definition for the word "blacksmith." The image below shows a blacksmith at work. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter Three - Miss Augusta
Which of the following does Augusta do to help the poor?
In Chapter Three, you learn that Augusta is a kind person because she helps the less fortunate. As you read, think about the traits, personalities and actions of the characters in the story. The following video will explain how to identify character traits in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following is not a reason why Augusta does not read her brothers' books.
Chapter Four - What Are You Good For?
Every story has a narrator who tells the story. Every story also has a point of view, the perspective from which a story is told. The point of view of shapes what the reader thinks about the characters. The following video will describe third-person point of view, which is used to tell this story. (This annotation contains a video)
Explain why Augusta and her family think that Jack and Annie are poor and uneducated. Include examples from the text to support your explanation.
"A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is William Shakespeare's most popular comedy. It's a play about the adventures of four young lovers, a group of actors, woodland fairies, and royalty. The play takes place in an enchanted forest. The image below shows a performance of the play. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter Five - A Fireside Tale
Why does Jack think that Augusta is snobby?
As you read, pay attention to the illustrations because they reveal important details about the text, such as how the characters are feeling and what the setting looks like. For example, in the above illustration, how do you know that Augusta is feeling angry? Based on what you've read in the text, why is she angry?
What is the meaning of the Irish word, "Shee?"
The city of Galway is located on the west coast of Ireland and it's the capital of the county Galway. With a population of 70,000, Galway is one of the biggest cities in Ireland. Galway sits at the bay of Galway and the Corrib river. The image below shows Galway in the 19th century. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter Six - A Late-Winter's Daydream
Explain why Augusta is an unhappy child. Include details from the text to support your explanation.
Read the highlighted passage and think about how it is necessary for Jack and Annie to use magic to help Augusta and complete their mission. Also, pay attention to other examples of magic throughout the story. The following video will explain how to identify a theme in literature. Can you identify a theme for this story? (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following best describes a way in which Augusta is in danger?
Irish fairies or "Shee" are mischievous, kind, helpful, arrogant, and can be mean if you get on their bad side. Shee are popular in stories all along the British Isles. They are believed to be angels or humans who fell to earth. They live under water or in gardens. They are very small and dress in green tunics. The Irish look for them at Midsummer Eve, or any night of the full moon. The image below shows what Shee are believed to look like. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter Seven - Willy
How does Augusta disappear?
What do you know about leprechauns? The following facts about leprechauns may teach you something new: Leprechauns are type of fairy in Irish folklore. Leprechauns are part of the Tuatha De Danann, a type of people in Irish mythology. According to legend, if a human catches a leprechaun that leprechaun must grant the human three wishes in exchange for his freedom. There are no female leprechauns. (This annotation contains an image)
Describe the character traits of Willy the leprechaun.
Chapter Eight - The Hollow Hill
As you read, it's important to pay attention to the details in the text in order to draw inferences. For example, based on the details of Jack and Annie's journey to the secret home of the Shee, you can infer that's it's not easy to get there. The following video will explain how to make inferences. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following is a favorite trick of the Shee?
Read the highlighted passage and think about how the thicket is difficult for Jack and Annie to walk through. The image below shows what a thicket looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is not something the Shee value?
Chapter Nine - Skunks or Weasels?
In the highlighted passage, Jack and Annie remind Augusta of her gifts, talents and positive traits because she feels like she is good for nothing. Think about other examples of the characters' gifts and talents throughout the story. What are your special gifts and talents?
Explain how Augusta's gift of storytelling can help the Shee regain the dignity they have lost.
Chapter Ten - Fare-thee-wells
According to Irish mythology, Áine was a goddess of the Celtic people and later in christian times she became known as a fairy queen. She is pictured in the painting below. (This annotation contains an image)
What does it mean to tell someone "fare-thee-well?"
The highlighted phrase "Trip lightly!" means "safe travels" or "be careful."
Based on details in the text, you can infer that
Chapter Eleven - Lady Gregory
Have you read The Magic Treehouse book titled, "A Night in New Orleans" where Jack and Annie help jazz musician Louis Armstrong? Watch the video below to listen to one of his most famous songs titled, "What a Wonderful World." (This annotation contains a video)
More Facts from Jack and Annie
Use details and examples from the text to describe some of Jack and Annie's talents and gifts.