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.
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