Fionn MacCool and the Salmon of Knowledge

This is the story of the great Gaelic hero Fionn MacCool and why he sucks his thumb. The tale introduces children to Gaelic storytelling and oral tradition and is perfect for reading aloud in a classroom or group. In the introduction, actions or gestures are given that match with nine keywords in the story. Children can perform the matching action whenever they hear each keyword as the story is read aloud.

The book contains two versions of the action story, the first in English, and the second in English with nine Scottish Gaelic words instead of the English action words. After children become familiar with the all-English version, the second version with Gaelic action words can be introduced. The actions are the same in both versions, and act as a bridge to introduce the Gaelic words and build awareness of the language.

The tales of Fionn MacCool and his band of warriors, the Fiana, were popular across the Gaelic world, from Ireland to the Isle of Man and Scotland. Scottish Gaels brought tales of Fionn MacCool to Nova Scotia beginning in the 18th or 19th century and transmitted them orally from one generation to the next as part of their Canadian Gaelic culture.


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.



Format: Paperback, 5 x 8 inches, 24 pages
ISBN: 978-1-988747-09-5
Retail price: $8.99 CDN | $8.99 US | £6.99 UK
Publication date: Dec 2017

Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-988747-11-8 (EPUB), 978-1-988747-10-1 (Kindle)
Retail price: $3.99 CDN | $3.99 US | £2.99 UK
Publication date: Dec 2017

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Nova Scotia Educators: Purchase through the Book Bureau, NSSBB #1003470, or place orders with Tattletales

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French-language edition / Édition française


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