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Padraic Colum(1881-1972) grew up in County Cavan, Ireland, and immigrated to the United States in 1914. Seeking to retain his knowledge of the Irish language, Colum (whose name is pronounced Pawtb-rig Ka-lem) began translating traditional folktales into English. He became well known for his retelling ability, and eventually three collections of his adaptions for children were named Newbery Honor Books.