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Finn Mac Cool and the Small Men of Deeds

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The Irish hero leaves his sick bed to assist in a kidnapping case.

This is a saga of Finn Mac Cool (based on an old Gaelic figure, Finn MacCumaill) and the small men who follow him, either helping or hindering his efforts. Several staples of the heroic tale are turned upside down here. These warriors haven't enough work to keep them busy, and spend much time on "picnics and
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Hardcover, 88 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Holiday House
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Shelves: mythology, celtic
There are several versions of myths about seven brothers, each with a different talent. In this version the brothers' abilities are even more exaggerated than usual, and they use them to help a rather malingering Finn mac Cool save the baby of the King of the Giants, whose other sons have all been kidnapped at birth.

The story is charmingly told, humorous and sympathetic without being cutesy or affected. Finn has a headache and wants to be left alone, but when he hears of the giant king's sadness
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Pat O'Shea (22 January 1931 – 3 May 2007), was an award-winning and best-selling children's fiction writer. She was born in Galway and was the youngest of 5 children. Her first novel was the best-selling The Hounds of the Morrigan, which took 13 years to complete. It was finally published in 1985 by Oxford University Press, translated into five languages, and
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