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Author: Tomie De Paola

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Publisher: Holiday House

Material: paperback

Summary: When the bad giant Cucullin comes to humiliate Fin M'Coul, Fin and his wife have a surprise waiting for him! This book relates an Irish legend from the days when Giants roamed the land.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 5 to 10

Reading Level: 4.1

Age of Child: read at 3 years old

Young Reader Reaction: Preschooler enjoyed the illustrations and the way in which Fin and his wife defeated the bad giant Cucullin.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book is another De Paola treasure. The story is told with humor and lightness, the illustrations are a pleasure to behold and the lessons are many.

Pros: This book teaches different lessons to children of different ages, and it’s a great celebration of Irish legend, perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any other time of the year.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy this book because it is yet another wonderful addition to the DePaola collection.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Strega Nona PATRICK: PATRON SAINT OF IRELAND   TONY'S BREAD  

Educational Themes: Aside from sharing Irish folklore, this book shows perseverance, courage, and using one's wit to master any situation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fables and folklore, life lessons, picture book, problem solving

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2005

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