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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (29 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585363669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585363667
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 990,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finn Mccool and the Great Fish Finn McCool is the largest giant in all of Ireland. He is a fierce warrior, he's gentle and kind, but he's not smart. When a wise man tells Finn about a magical red salmon who has the wisdom of the world, Finn sets out to catch the fish. And he learns a thing or two about himself in the process. Full description

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR DAVID J DUNLOP on 1 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
The pictures are good, but why a Pacific Red Salmon in the "lush Irish countryside". At least there are no racoons...
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Vivid, magical and no "Oi"-rishness 27 Feb. 2014
By Lightholder - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is one of our favorite children's books. I love to find opportunities to teach my kids about where they're from, but find a lot of books about Ireland are hokey and cartoonish; thankfully, this dignified little book is neither.

If you're familiar with the story of Finn MacCool and the salmon of knowledge, this is a simplified, but marvelous, treatment of the old Irish fable. It manages the sensation of a true epic despite its relatively short length, and Finn is comes off as a kind-hearted, sympathetic (if simple-minded) character. Self-aware younger readers may identify with Finn's limitations (despite his strength) and learn that strength, size, and even wisdom, aren't everything...having a kind heart and humble nature are what make someone truly great.

The oil-paint illustrations are some of the best I've seen; images like the 2-page spread of the giant's hands immersed in ice-cold water suspended above multi-color river stones, the crimson gash in his thumb where the fish hook caught seeping a thread of vivid blood into the current...are breath-taking (not to mention a great reference when I taught them to fish and I wanted to remind them to respect the sharp end of a fish hook!). My 3-year-old and 6-year-old (at the time of purchase), even after multiple readings, were rapt with wide, fascinated eyes at this hyper-realistically illustrated marvel of a book. They delighted in suggesting to me ("guess what, daddy!!?") that the old man was REALLY the fish (!!), citing how his red vest looked like fish scales, the wooden carving above his door was of a fish, and that there were shining fish scales strewn along the path to his cottage after he "disappears."

After enjoying this over and over at home I bought it for my 6-year-old godson. His dad said it was the #1 bedtime request for months afterward he'd catch the boy paging slowly through it during the day - definitely a gifting win!

If you're looking for dancing leprechauns and "Oi"-rish dialogue, this is not your book. This is a respectful, magical re-telling of the how Finn MacCool became so wise.
Beautiful Book 30 Nov. 2013
By M. B. Robinson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
We recently checked this book out of the library and I have just added it to my daughter's Christmas list. We get many books from the library, but there are very few I actually buy. This is a beautifully illustrated book about a very good & helpful, but not so smart giant who wants to gain wisdom to better help other people and Ireland. He ends up catching the fish that will give him wisdom if he kills it and eats it, but he can't bring himself to sacrifice the fish for his own gain. A lovely, mysterious story that promotes good values and in which the good guy wins. Some reviewers said the book is not appropriate for younger children -- my kids are 2 and 3 1/2 and easily scared (we have to skip over some parts of Mary Poppins!), but they both love this book and aren't frightened by any of it.
Fun story, even if you aren't Irish :) 22 Aug. 2012
By Rosaleen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am becoming a big Eve Bunting fan and this book just gives me another reason to be one. Eve has a way of gently telling a story while keeping traditional elements but without being cliche. The book has nice illustrations and is a light-hearted, faithful telling of the story while being appropriate and digestable for younger kids. Keep 'em coming, Eve!
Not much to choose from 5 April 2014
By P. Ryan - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I chose this book because it is about a well known character in Irish literature, Finn McCool. The illustrations aren't to my liking, but the story has some value. I like the story, illustrations, and message in a book called Fiona's Luck better; the main character uses her cleverness in a way that brings her success.
True Goodness 17 Feb. 2012
By Annamarie Squailia - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a story of a good hearted giant who is always willing to help someone in need. What does he get in return? He is made fun of. But he doesn't retaliate. Fin seeks wisdom so he can help people better.
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