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Children's Fiction Adaptations

Fionn MacCool and the Salmon of Knowledge

A traditional Gaelic hero tale retold as a read-aloud action story for children

by (author) Terri M. Roberts

illustrated by Etta Moffatt

Bradan Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2017
Adaptations, Country & Ethnic
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2017
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


This is the story of the great Gaelic hero Fionn MacCool and why he sucks his thumb. This traditional Gaelic tale is retold as an action story to read aloud. It introduces children to storytelling and to Gaelic oral tradition, language, culture, and belief systems. The book is suitable for use in schools and community groups.

Tales of Fionn MacCool have been popular across the Gaelic world for more than a thousand years. The Gaels brought Fionn tales from Scotland to Nova Scotia two centuries ago and transmitted them orally from one generation to the next as part of their North American Gaelic culture. Today Fionn tales are an important part of Canadian Gaelic heritage and culture.

About the authors

Terri M. Roberts is a Canadian of Scottish and Welsh ancestry who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a former high school English literature and drama teacher with a B.A. in English Literature and Women's Studies and a B.Ed. in Secondary Education from Mount Saint Vincent University. Terri also has over twenty years of experience as a Girl Guide leader, focusing on the delivery of arts programming for all age groups. She specializes in using stories as a teaching tool.

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Etta est graphiste et illustratrice depuis 35 ans. Dans le cadre de son travail avec les musées, elle a redécouvert ses propres racines gaéliques. Etta porte le nom de sa grand-mère maternelle, qui parlait le gaélique, et elle poursuit sa tradition du conte par l'illustration. Aujourd'hui, elle profite de toutes les occasions de créer des concepts et des images qui racontent les histoires des Gaëls de la Nouvelle-Écosse à une nouvelle génération.

Etta Moffatt has been working as a designer and illustrator for 35 years. Through her work with museums, she rediscovered her own Gaelic roots. Named after her Gaelic-speaking grandmother, Etta carries on her storytelling tradition through illustration. Today she enjoys every opportunity to create designs and images that tell the stories of Nova Scotia Gaels to a new generation.

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