Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk

Tim O Toole and his wife Kathleen are so poor they have not a penny or a potato between them Even their cats are too skinny for the mice to chase When Tim goes out to find a job, he stumbles upon the wee folk a band of leprechauns who give him gifts sure to make his fortune That is if Tim can keep clear of the evil McGoon family
Tim O Toole and the Wee Folk Tim O Toole and his wife Kathleen are so poor they have not a penny or a potato between them Even their cats are too skinny for the mice to chase When Tim goes out to find a job he stumbles upon the

  • Title: Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk
  • Author: Gerald McDermott
  • ISBN: 9780140506754
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk”

    1. I enjoyed "Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk", but I don't know if it fully follows the folktale archetype. The stories doesn't set out to teach something from the start. The story reads more like a fairy tale. It follows a man who begins unlucky and then lives among the "wee people", who bring him grandiose gifts. I enjoyed it, but it doesn't fully achieve what it sets out to. The story was however entertaining and well written.

    2. Many, many (many) stories for kids, especially fairy tales, have had their violence removed or softened. While this is an old, old habit among some, and it makes sense, the fact is that children are bloodthirsty critters and never mind seeing a little fictional blood shed so long as it's shed by the deserving. Which is what happens here. Tim O'Toole has no luck, and apparently less sense, because the first bit of luck he ever had in his life was seeing the leprechauns and getting the goose that [...]

    3. 3.5 STARS Cute little tale but Oh, Tim! WHY didn't you listen to the Wee Folk in the first place!? (I think that's part of what would make this fun for kids, though--isn't it fun to be smarter than the grown-ups in books!?) I'm thinking I recently read a Jewish version of this tale, too. Someone gets a magic gift, is supposed to keep it hush-hush, can't help spilling the beans to a neighbor who then surreptitiously switches the true gift for a non-magical look-alike Probably a common motif This [...]

    4. Oh my gosh! This is so cute! I love Irish stories and especially about "Wee folk" aka leprechauns. This is a great read for little ones. :)

    5. This cute Irish storybook follows the lines of a noodlehead or numbskull folktale from the goofy contrast of the silly main character to the wise little leprechauns. The main character's constant mistake of trusting the McGoons (ironic name too) leave him empty handed and dumbfounded throughout the tale. I found it pretty interesting that they explained the lore of leprechauns without ever saying their name. It can also be recognized as a foltale due to the static characterization; the main char [...]

    6. "Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk" written by Gerald McDermott was a well written folktale story that had a wide range of potential readers. This story captivated my attention because I love hearing stories about Leprechauns, and young elementary students always have fun learning about them. This story would be a good book to read with the class around St. Patricks Day, especially if the school that I teach in allows St. Patricks Day parties. This would be a fun book to incorporate into the classroo [...]

    7. A shiftless fool is twice cheated until the little folk get involved. The fool ends up a wealthy man, but unfortunately, still a shiftless fool.

    8. This is a clever Irish folk tale about a man named Tim O'Toole and the antics that occur as he attempts to support his family. As he is looking for work, he stumbles across some of the 'wee folk.' Since he discovers them in the light, he is allowed to command their treasure from them. They give him a goose who lays golden eggs so that he and his family will never want for anything again. He stops for the night with a couple with whom he shares his fortune. They replace the magical goose with one [...]

    9. Tim O'Toole waits until the last minute to find work to feed his family. When he stumbles upon the Wee Folk, he boasts of their gifts despite their warning. I don't particularly understand why he gets a happily ever after. His wife ought to have moved back with her parents until he gets his life straightened out.If you want to read another book about a lazy person who gets a happy ending, try "Duffy and the Devil".

    10. Good story but unsure if it was trying to deliver any kind of message. Maybe it was that we should listen better, follow directions and hope there will always be ten little men nearby who can make things right for you again when you do none of the above? All in all I thought it was a cute story and the illustrations were nicely done.

    11. This is an entertaining Irish tale with humorous, colorful, and cartoonish illustrations. Our girls got so mad at Tim for not keeping his mouth shut - I loved their interaction with the story. The narrative is fun to read aloud and we thought the wee folk were terrific. We enjoyed reading this book together.

    12. This is an Irish tale that tells of a group of "wee folk" trying to help out a poor man by giving him magical things. This book is a little lengthy so I would recommend this for the upper elementary grade levels. This would be a fun book to read for St. Patrick's Day!

    13. I enjoyed the illustrations, but the message was horrible and nothing I really wanted my son to hear; bad character gets rewarded.

    14. This book was fine. It'd be nice to put in a pile of books for St. Pat's day. Not the best, though. And, definitely NOT Fiona's Luck.

    15. I liked the illustrations, but found the story less compelling. It wasn't bad, just a lot of yelling, and apparently temper tantrums and violence get you what you want.

    16. A good old-fashioned fairy tale with the clever wee folk offering a bit of luck for Tim O'Toole despite his poor decisions! Delightful language.

    17. Cute little story with great illustrations! I love the cleverness of the leprechauns, and that they were portrayed as kind rather than the traditional tricky was a nice change.

    18. This picture book tells a fun, quick Irish folktale. We read it aloud to complement our middle ages history lesson about the Celts.

    19. Cute book and a great way to teach not only children but adults also not to trust everyone that you come across.

    20. AR Quiz No. 66803 EN FictionAccelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 4.5 - AR Pts: 0.5Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP

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    22. Cute picture book retelling of an Irish folktale. Sentence structure and idioms are a bit more advanced, read-aloud 6-9, read-alone 8-10.

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