Finn McCool and the Great Fish

Bibliographic Information: Bunting, Eve, and Zachary Pullen. Finn McCool and the great fish. Ann Arbor, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2010. Print.

Brief Annotation: Finn McCool is the largest giant in Ireland, he is kind and helpful, and well liked by everyone.  However, Finn is not very smart.  He seeks help from a wise old man who tells him about a great fish with the wisdom of the world.  Finn goes to catch the fish, and learns something about himself along the way.

Genre: Folktales

Grade Level: k-5

Readers who will like this: Students who are interested in other cultures, or enjoy myths, legends, or folktales.

Rating/Response: 5, This book is beautifully illustrated, and is a wonderful example of traditional Irish storytelling.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What characteristics makes someone a good person?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice Picture Book

Rationale for strategy: This is just a fun Irish legend/folktale that would be a good read around St. Patrick’s day, during a lesson on what distinguishes legends or folk tales from different types of literature, comparing different folk tales from around the world or opening a dialogue on what makes someone a good person.

Posted by: Olivia Cyr


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