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Finn McCool and the Great Fish
Contributor(s): Bunting, Eve, Pullen, Zachary (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1585363669     ISBN-13: 9781585363667
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Pr
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: January 2010
Annotation: Irish giant Finn McCool is told that in order to become wise he much catch and eat the salmon that possesses knowledge, but Finn finds that he cannot bring himself to kill the miraculous fish.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Folklore; Ireland.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Country & Ethnic
Dewey: 398.2
LCCN: 2009036936
Lexile Measure: 780
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 9.00" W x 0.25" (0.95 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 136071
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall)
Although giant Finn is brave and good-hearted, he's also "a bit of a turnip head." Longing to be wise, he attempts to eat the source of all knowledge, a red salmon. Finn can't do it, though, and the fish rewards him with wisdom. Told in a lilting voice, the wordy story is accompanied by bold illustrations of the larger-than-life Finn. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 April)

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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