Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill
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Fin M'Coul lives atop windy Knockmany Hill, and spends his days with the other giants of Ireland, moving huge stones to build a causeway to Scotland. But one morning, he hears a rumor that Cucullin, the strongest giant in the land, is coming to find and fight him.
Fin M’Coul lives atop windy Knockmany Hill, and spends his days with the other giants of Ireland, moving huge stones to build a causeway to Scotland.
But one morning, he hears a rumor that Cucullin, the strongest giant in the land, is coming to find and fight him.
Fleeing home, Fin tells his wife of his worries. But clever Oonagh the giantess has a plan— with her wits and her skills and her magic charms, she sets out to trick Cucullin and save her husband.
Full of humor and charm, Tomie dePaola’s retelling of Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill is boldly illustrated, with detailed borders based on ancient Irish metalwork.
Learning Through Literature also recommends these others St. Patrick’s Day tales – Fiona’s Lace, S is for Shamrock, andThe Story Of Saint Patrick.
About the Author
Tomie dePaola is the beloved Caldecott Honor- and Newbery Honor-winning author and/or illustrator of close to 250 books, including Strega Nona and Quiet. Tomie was born in Connecticut and grew up there with his parents, brother, and two sisters. He loved reading and books from an early age and knew, when he was four, that he wanted to write and illustrate stories when he grew up. Tomie is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association for his “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children,” the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association, and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his “singular attainment in children’s literature.” He was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration and has received the New Hampshire’s Governor’s Arts Award of Living Treasure.
Great children’s story for St Pat’s Day. A good read-aloud for the 5-6 year old set, and good reading for 7-8 year olds. Have used it as an anti-bullying lesson for character ed, as well. One giant bullies an entire province, until he comes up against a smart LADY giant who puts him in his place. – Jersey Teacher
A great book for kids and adults, well-written with wit and great art. I am always looking for good books that have roots in cultural folk tales, and this is one of the best about Ireland. I have used this book for many years with my own children and grandchildren, as well as school children from ages 3-10 and they always love it. – E. Snyder