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Hounded… a Book Review

From a light Australian romance to a humourous and super interesting first in a chronicles book about an extremely (try 2,100 years) long lived Druid in modern day USA. This book is full of wonderful characters, action, humour, paranormal, magic, did I mention humour, because I really LOVED that part of this book.

Hounded by Kevin Hearne is the first in The Iron Druid Chronicles and most certainly will NOT be the last one I read in this series. From the main character (and our narrator and view point the whole story through) the Druid Atticus O’Sullivan (at least that is the name he goes by now) to his dog Oberon (who is beyond a hoot and a half) to his werewolf and vampire legal team… oh I could just go on and on… a human widow (Irish and long lived) who made me laugh from the first meeting on… gods that you are not sure if you should love or hate… OH and everyone hates Thor… I mean EVERYONE! (not the same as movie Thor, apparently the different versions/incarnations of the gods etc exist in different places… belief/power/etc determines that)

All for the want of a sword… that is that everyone has a different opinion as to whether or not Atticus should keep hold of the one he has. With old adversaries blending with new and those on his side at times even questionable, Atticus is constantly sharing a bit of his past here, a thought there, a joke always and his love for his pet Oberon… eternal.

I don’t know that I can sing the praises of this story loudly enough. There is lively discussion about various deities… a lovely bit of a history lesson, characters that seem so real you feel like you just need to get to the place and meet them for yourself. Granted, there is some sexuality (goddesses are traditionally quite naked it seems and so many of the pantheons are full of sex and gore), definitely a bit of gore (for really a Celtic Druid with an insanely important sword… duh), but so much humour and such a well told story! I cannot wait to get my hands on the second one! hounded-9781441870001-lg

St. Patrick’s Day Resources

So with the simplicity of a single entry for all the Platypus and Dr. Seuss resources I figure why not continue the trend? Even if it is not overly helpful to the rest of the world it means I can come back next year and either avoid repeats or recover the treasures with ease. So here goes:

Books:

Worksheets

  • A fun leprechaun and pot of gold dot to dot HERE.
  • St. Patrick’s Day themed addition, where you have to choose the two numbers out of 4 that make the sum HERE.
  • St. Patrick the person worksheet HERE.
  • Christian St. Patrick’s Day worksheets and crafts HERE.
  • St. Patrick’s Day word problems (math) HERE.
  • Story pages HERE.
  • Word search with fun facts HERE.
  • Numbers 1-17 dot to dot HERE.
  • Rainbow maze HERE.

Crafts

  • Templates for pots and shamrocks HERE.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Man craft HERE.
  • Leprechaun paperdolls HERE.
  • Leaping Leprechaun craft HERE.
  • Fingerprint Pot ‘O Gold with printable template HERE.
  • How to Draw a Pot of Gold HERE.
  • Maybe not for the kids, but for the crochet whizz… a Leprechaun hat thanks to CrochetSpot HERE.
  • Shamrock Trinity Craft with a crash course on making something look plaid HERE.
  • Fuse beads/Perler beads patterns HERE.
  • Handprint rainbow HERE.
  • Make a leprechaun trap HERE. We used coloured instead of plain sticks… they were cheaper!!

General Printables

  • St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts HERE.
  • Irish Dancer colouring page. Trinity cut her flag away to just save the dancer HERE.
  • Irish flag HERE.
  • Irish bookmarks HERE.
  • Little book of Irish slang HERE.
  • Map of Ireland HERE.
  • Irish American founding fathers (Irish men who were involved in the signing of the constitution, information and word scramble) HERE.
  • The Ghillie Girls Irish dancers. We needed something all the kids could get in on and with multiple dancers this was perfect HERE.
  • Design an Irish Dancer. The picture is the top left one of the page list HERE. Trinity loved this one, she made herself into a dancer!
  • Colour an Irish Harp HERE.
  • Colour an Irish Princess HERE.
  • Colour a picture all about Hurling a sport rather specific to Ireland HERE.
  • Fun themed labels for gifts by A Cupcake for the Teacher HERE.
  • Celtic Mandala HERE.
Games
  • The Pot of Gold Game, a basic counting game with dice you cut out and assemble HERE.
  • Go Over the Rainbow for St. Patrick HERE.
Information Links
  • Learn about Hurling HERE.
  • All about the Bodhran HERE.
  • All about the Uilleann HERE.
  • Celtic Harp history HERE.
  • Tin whistle HERE.
  • 10 inventions by Irish individuals HERE.

Of course we had to scour youTube for some videos to fit our theme! Here is a selection! Discover Ireland Long Version by Tourism Ireland…

Riverdance for some beautiful Irish dancing… AND a Facebook link HERE of a friend and her troupe as they warm up. Sadly the music playing is live and what they were practicing to was canned music we can’t hear but still… beautiful.

Our focus also fell on Irish instruments… the Bodhran…

The Uillean…

The tin whistle…

and the Celtic Harp…

We only watched the first in the series but there are THREE videos on Hurling to watch by Cokane1888 on youTube.

So There Was This Day…

Snow snow everywhere but at least it is not coming down… as much… today. That certainly did not deter the twins and Trinity from going out again. Emanuel chose to stay in and we got working on dot to dots and workbooks. He is still relatively resistant to doing what her terms as “very much” schoolwork but we are getting there. 

Working hard

I was alerted to the fact that in the wee hours of the morning a cousin of mine had her very first baby! A boy! My Grandma would be over the moon… she has her boys in spades in this generation. I am not going to share any particulars as the momma has not shared much on the internet yet herself but we are so pleased for them! 

We were SUPPOSED to do our next layer of paper mache on our pot BUT I got a little TOO organized and recycled ALL of our fliers. Of course that means that today’s did not come early… so… TOMORROW we do our next layer! Figures!

We did read our last Irish themed story today. Each of the kids drew their own illustration for the story and wrote a bit about the book. I need to get our stories together and have our reading week soon! I am debating waiting until April what with the stuff in the middle of March!  Our St. Patrick’s Day/Ireland binder is getting so full! I love it! 

Too Many Leprechauns

Today IS Tuesday which means – LIBRARY! In pj’s of course… Trinity went a little eclectic and did the mismatched pj’s. We started out the only people there until late showers came. The theme was monkeys! I snuck off and did some photographing of a certain NEW sheep! Of course a blog post on Fat Sheep’s blogwill follow! 

Craft time

Checking out the manga

It is hard to believe tomorrow is mid week already! We have a special video about Ireland for the kids to watch and come Celtic fairy tales to read… And hopefully some fliers to finish our pot! 

Echo is the best at giving sudden ninja like hugs!!