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Finn McCool and the Great Fish [NOOK Book]

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Finn McCool is the largest giant in all of Ireland. He's a fierce warrior, even beating the giant Culcullan and saving Ireland from the Scots. Helpful and kind, he helps the farmers bring in the hay. And everyone in the village of Drumnahoon admires him. "He's the best-hearted man that ever walked on Ireland's green grass." But for all his strength, courage, and goodness, there's one thing that Finn lacks. He's just not smart. And he knows it. When a wise man living in a nearby village tells Finn about a magical ...
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Finn McCool is the largest giant in all of Ireland. He's a fierce warrior, even beating the giant Culcullan and saving Ireland from the Scots. Helpful and kind, he helps the farmers bring in the hay. And everyone in the village of Drumnahoon admires him. "He's the best-hearted man that ever walked on Ireland's green grass." But for all his strength, courage, and goodness, there's one thing that Finn lacks. He's just not smart. And he knows it. When a wise man living in a nearby village tells Finn about a magical red salmon with the wisdom of the world, Finn sets out to catch the fish. And he learns a thing or two about himself in the process. An author of more than 250 children's books, Eve Bunting has won numerous awards and honors, including a Pen International Special Achievement award for her contribution to Children's Literature. In 2002 she was chosen to be Irish American Woman of the Year by the Irish American Heritage Committee of New York. She lives in Pasadena, California. Zachary Pullen's picture-book illustrations have won awards and garnered starred reviews. He has been honored several times with acceptance into the prestigious Society of Illustrators juried shows and Communication Arts Illustration Annual of the best in current illustration. Zak lives in Wyoming.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Finn is a gentle giant, but also one not known for his great intellect. As people said "He's the best hearted man that ever walked on Ireland's green grass" but "Finn wasn't terrible smart." Poor Finn, he knew that it was true so he sought out a man in the nearby town who was said to know the source of great wisdom. Finn visited and sought help, and after answering the old man's question as to why he wanted wisdom, he was sent to the River Boybne where a great red salmon lived. He was told to catch it, cook it, and eat it, and then he would possess the wisdom that he was seeking. Finn did indeed catch the fish and saw that it possessed the wisdom that he sought, but Finn could not kill the fish. How he managed to spare the fish and yet gain the wisdom he sought will intrigue readers. Not only was Finn a giant of a man, but he became an advisor who many times saved his country from harm. The illustrations are wonderful. Finn is not a handsome man, but far from a fearsome giant. The last spread with him sucking his thumb (read the story and you will know why) is a perfect ending to this fanciful tale. It is a story that both young and old will enjoy. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Finn McCool is one of the real "giants" of Irish mythology. In this story, he is not very bright, but he wishes to know the "secret of wisdom." An old man tells him to catch a red salmon and eat it and then he will have the wisdom. Finn catches the fish but is unable to sacrifice it. When he releases it, he catches the hook, cutting his finger, and then puts it in his mouth to suck on it. Then "something strange and beautiful" enters his body, the "secret of wisdom." Bunting makes this unfamiliar story accessible to readers. The art beautifully illustrates the green Irish countryside and makes Finn a real gentle giant. A fine introduction to a legend that might be unfamiliar to children.—Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133484561
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2010
  • Series: Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

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    Cool McCool!

    This was a great story to 'tell' to my five classes of 1st/2nd grade elementary school kids in connection with St. Patrick's Day holiday last month. Most kids in this age group (7 and 8 yr. olds) have already heard or read about the most famous mythical Irish giant, Finn McCool, but this new book by Eve Bunting depicted him in a somewhat different light than earlier tales have done and delivered an important message that I thought they would like to hear. So, with a little elaboration and acting out on my part, Finn McCool and the Great Fish was not only a very fun story to tell, but was engaging for the kids to listen to, as well. Normally, when I do my telling, I don't bring the book or books with me that my stories come from, as the main idea behind storytelling (as opposed to story-reading) is to try and inspire the kids to use their OWN imagination in visualizing what the author's characters might look like in their own minds. Thus, books with colorful, intriguing covers sitting on my lap while I'm telling would become a distraction. However, this particular book is so awesomely illustrated that AFTER the 'telling' I brought it out and turned each page for the kids to ooh and ahh and comment over... I think this Finn McCool story will be one they'll remember in connection with the March Irish holiday for many St. Patty's Days to come.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    I bought this book for my grandson's 6th birthday. He was born March 17, Saint Patty's Day. Adorable book. Will read to him many times.

    One of many great legends of Irish folk lore.

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