St. Patrick's Day Reading Comprehension

Printable Story with Interactive Review Questions. Read and test reading comprehension online or print and use offline. For 3rd or 4th Grade and up.


Leary and the Leprechaun

an Irish Fairytale

Leary was a boy who wanted to be rich. He went out to the forest every day and searched among the trees for a leprechaun so he could get the leprechaun's gold.

One day he heard a "tap, tap, tap." He looked behind a tree, and found a leprechaun making shoes.

Leary grabbed the leprechaun and said, "I've got you! Everyone knows that when a leprechaun is caught, he has to show where his pot of gold is buried."

"Very well," said the leprechaun. "Follow me."

The leprechaun led Leary into the forest, pointed to a tree, and said, "My gold is buried right under this tree."

Since leprechauns always tell the truth, Leary believed him.

"I will go and get a shovel," said Leary. "I'll tie my red scarf around the tree so I will know exactly where the gold is."

Leary ran back to the woods with a shovel thinking, "I'm going to be so rich!"

But when he arrived there, he was in for a surprise. Every tree had a red scarf around it! And there were hundreds of trees.

"Oh, no!" cried Leary. "I can't possibly dig under all these trees! I'll have to go home without my pot of gold."

And so he did. He was one more person tricked by a leprechaun.

What was the leprechaun doing when Leary found him?
making shoes
digging up a pot of gold
tap dancing
making shoes Why did Leary leave the forest after catching the leprechaun?
to get a red scarf
to get a shovel
He let the leprechaun go free.
to get a shovel How did Leary try to get rich?
He tried to find a leprechaun and his gold.
He searched for a rich wife.
He worked hard and saved all his money.
He tried to find a leprechaun and his gold. What happens when a leprechaun is caught?
He has to tie a red scarf around a tree.
He has to dance and sing.
He has to show where his gold is buried.
He has to show where his gold is buried. Why did Leary tie his red scarf around the tree?
to show that he caught a leprechaun
to mark where the pot of gold was buried
It was too warm to wear the scarf.
to mark where the pot of gold was buried How did the leprechaun trick Leary?
He told Leary the wrong location of the gold.
He cast a spell on Leary so he would get lost.
He put a red scarf on every tree.
He put a red scarf on every tree. Why did the leprechaun tie a red scarf on every tree?
to show that he had been caught
to show that he had a gold coin for every red scarf
so Leary wouldn't know which was the tree with the gold
so Leary wouldn't know which was the tree with the gold

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