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The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said   By: (1881-1972)

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In this captivating children's book, author Padraic Colum weaves an enchanting tale of a young boy who possesses a mysterious ability to understand the language of birds. Set against a backdrop of lush nature and magical forests, "The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said" takes readers on an unforgettable journey filled with imagination and wonder.

The story follows young Finn, an orphaned boy living with a kind-hearted woodcutter and his wife. From an early age, Finn exhibits an innate connection with the natural world around him. He becomes fascinated by the birds in particular, observing their behavior and trying to decipher their songs. When Finn realizes he can actually understand what the birds are saying, a magical bond is formed, leading him on extraordinary adventures.

Colum's storytelling is beautifully executed, effortlessly transporting readers into the heart of this enchanting world. The author's lyrical prose captures the sights, sounds, and emotions of the characters and their surroundings. Through vivid descriptions, readers are immersed in the lush forests, the soaring skies, and the mesmerizing songs of various bird species.

The characters in this tale are memorable and well-developed. Finn's determination, curiosity, and bravery make him a relatable and endearing protagonist. His encounters with a multitude of feathered friends, each with their own distinct personalities, add depth and richness to the narrative. Colum expertly explores themes of friendship, compassion, and the importance of preserving nature, offering valuable lessons for young readers.

The plot is engaging and evolves at a steady pace, holding the readers' attention from beginning to end. Each chapter brings a new adventure as Finn embarks on quests, aided by the birds and their knowledge. The author incorporates elements of Irish folklore, infusing the story with a touch of enchantment and a sense of ancient wisdom.

Parents and educators will appreciate the educational aspect of the book, as it encourages an appreciation for nature and a curiosity about the natural world. Additionally, the story promotes empathy and compassion toward animals, teaching children about the importance of understanding and protecting different species.

"The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said" is a timeless tale of courage, friendship, and the power of understanding. Padraic Colum's masterful storytelling, lyrical writing style, and captivating characters make this book a delightful read for both children and adults alike. It is a true gem that will leave readers yearning for more magical adventures in the author's enchanting world.

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The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said







[Illustration: Round and round the Castle they went and the Giant with his strength was wearing out Feet in the Ashes.]

The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said

By Padraic Colum

Illustrated by Dugald Stewart Walker


The Macmillan Company, Publishers New York Mcmxx


COPYRIGHT, 1918 BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY Set up and electrotyped. Published October, 1918.

For The Boy In The Brocken




How he came to know what the birds said 13

The Stone of Victory. And how Feet in the Ashes, the Swineherd's Son, came to find it 21

The King of the Birds 51

Bloom of Youth and the Witch of the Elders 67

The Hen wife's Son and the Princess Bright Brow 85

The Giant and the Birds 113

The Sea Maiden who... Continue reading book >>

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