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Book Title: Finn MacCoul and His Fearless Wife: A Giant of a Tale from Ireland|
The author of the book: Robert Byrd
ISBN 13: 9780525459712
Edition: Dutton Children's Books
Date of issue: February 1st 1999
Format files: PDF
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This Irish myth tells the story of a giant Finn MacCoul. His strength and size helped him to rise to the role of chieftain of Fianna, and he and his men begin to build a bridge to Scotland. On the other size of this bridge, however, stands Cucullin , a great Scottish giant, who wants to best Finn in a battle of strength. Knowing he will not win through strength alone, Finn runs home and gets help from his wife Oonagh and her faery magic to outwit the Scottish giant.
This Irish myth is beautifully illustrated, including great detail of Irish culture. From the designs and colors of the clothing to the house Finn and Oonagh live in, the details are accurate and true to Irish history. The reader learns about Ireland’s history by reading this story and looking at the background of all the double page illustrations. Much green is included throughout, holding true to Ireland’s reputation as the Emerald Isle. Compared to other children’s picture books, there is more text per page, and it takes longer as well for the reader to turn each page. However, the story itself is very intriguing and, along with the illustration, draw the reader in each page. Unlike many traditional children’s books that show the man as the one who is needed to save the woman, this story shows Oonagh as a powerful and strong woman without whom Finn would be in great trouble. This anomaly is explained briefly in the afterword written by Robert Byrd. It explains to the reader what facts about Ireland culture are important and vital to the story. Overall, the book is very interesting and captivating for the reader. The illustrations mirror the text often but also provide additional details that enhance the reader’s experience. For example, there are instances where regular, non giant people and animals are included for scale. On the pages depicting the men building the bridge, it is very helpful to have the picture to help show how the men are using whales to build the bridge. It is quite a fun story with lots of details to keep the reader invested in the story and amused as well.
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Read information about the authorRobert Byrd has been delighting children of all ages with his whimsical, fantasy-filled children's books for over 30 years. As author and illustrator he has the rare talent to see his fanciful visions through to the minutest detail. Whether enlightening audiences to the many talents of Leonardo DaVinci or taking us into a wonderous world filled with foxes and bears in military attire, Bob, (as he's more affectionately known), is sure to spin us a tale we'll not soon forget. Bob was the 2003 winner of the prestigious Golden Kite Award for excellence in children's books for Leonardo — Beautiful Dreamer.
Robert Byrd was born in Atlantic City and studied at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. He has illustrated sixteen books for children and has had his children's book art exhibited at the Philadelphia Art Alliance; The World Children's Book Fair in Bologna, The Society of Illustrators, New York; The Art institute of Philadelphia; The University of the Arts, Philadelphia; and Cricket, 25 Years of Stories and Art for Kids, the Art Institute of Chicago. He teaches Children's Book Illustration at The University of the Arts, and Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. He has two grown children, Rob and Jennifer, and lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey with his wife Ginger and two cats.