Finn McCool and the Great Fish Book & S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet Book





My in-laws just recently returned back from a trip to Ireland.  When I received Finn McCool and the Great Fish and S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet, talk about perfect timing!  First a little about Sleeping Bear Press:


Since our first success with The Legend of Sleeping Bear (Official Children’s Book of Michigan) in 1998, Sleeping Bear Press has impressed young readers, parents, teachers and booksellers with high-quality, beautifully illustrated picture books. As a small regional publisher based in  Ann Arbor, Michigan, we’re proud to say that readers throughout the country know us by name. Our authors and illustrators are visiting more schools and bookstores than ever before. Our books have inspired sterling reviews, won awards, have been featured in presentations and even found their way under the White House Christmas tree. No matter our size, our goal remains the same: Provide books that enrich children’s lives through stories that blend entertaining text with educational content.

Now more than 10 years after the publication of The Legend of Sleeping Bear, our list has continued to grow and expand. In addition to our widely known Discover America State-by-State series, we have more than six different series including our Tales of Young Americans and our newest series Tales of the World.

S is for Shamrock:  An Ireland Alphabet:


Small in size (less than 400 by 200 miles) the country of Ireland holds a big place in world and human history. And many from around the globe proudly lay claim to ancestral ties there. S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet gives readers a guided A-Z tour of this small island country whose influence extends far beyond its sea borders.

Famous landmarks such as the Blarney Stone and Finn McCool’s Giant Causeway speak to the land and history that shaped Ireland and its inhabitants. The prose and poetry of Eve Bunting, Irish native and children’s book author, bring the magic and mystery, character and culture of the Emerald Isle to vivid life.



Finn McCool and the Great Fish:


Finn McCool is the largest giant in all of Ireland.

He’s a fierce warrior, even beating the giant Culcullan and saving Ireland from the Scots. Helpful and kind, he helps the farmers bring in the hay.

And everyone in the village of Drumnahoon admires him. “He’s the best-hearted man that ever walked on Ireland’s green grass.”

But for all his strength, courage, and goodness, there’s one thing that Finn lacks. He’s just not smart. And he knows it.

When a wise man living in a nearby village tells Finn about a magical red salmon with the wisdom of the world, Finn sets out to catch the fish.

And he learns a thing or two about himself in the process.

Sleeping Bear Press will soon be posting a recording of Eve Bunting (the author of both) reading from Finn McCool on our website.

My take:  As always, I loved the illustrations in both books…top notch.  S is for Shamrock was very informative and just glancing through the book my in-laws recognized several things they had seen on their trip to Ireland.  I have never been to Ireland but plan on visiting sometime in the future…I felt S is for Shamrock is a great way to get started learning about Ireland.  Finn McCool and the Great Fish was my favorite though.  I loved the moral of the story and how easily my 3 1/2 year grasped the whole concept once I explained it to him.  This will quickly become a favorite in our house!




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  1. I like the The Listeners! It’s about a young slave girl. I think it would be interesting veiwing the life of slavery thur the eyes of a child. Slavery is horrible & to think that children were slaves is beyond me.

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