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An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales

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Slithering stoorworms, mischievious brownies, fierce kelpies and magical selkies -- these are the creatures of Scottish folklore. Award-winning children's author Theresa Breslin has collected the best-loved tales from all over Scotland. Retelling each in its own individual style, she presents funny tales, moving tales and enchanting fairy tales. Soar with the goshawk, dive ...more
Hardcover, 157 pages
Published September 15th 2012 by Floris Books (first published September 1st 2012)
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Moira Macfarlane
Reading these folk and fairy tales I just could hear Theresa Breslin telling her stories while sitting next to a snug fire in a croft on the shores of a loch. Stories about water kelpies, selkies who come together at the Orkney Islands to celebrate Midsummer or of a beloved sheepdog of the writer James Hogg (also known as the Ettrick Shepherd). A captivating and varied collection of stories from all over Scotland including a small intro added to each one of them and a very fine Scottish glossary ...more
Callum McLaughlin
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Suitably charming and nostalgic.
Ilse
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a bautifully illustrated, whimsical collection of Scottish fairytales. It made me feel all happy, especially since I read it while on a holiday in Scotland.
Carrie ReadingtoKnow
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The kids and I read this title together and absolutely adored it! Hard bound and beautifully illustrated, this book is a lovely introduction to Scottish folk lore. We read a few stories each day and the kids repeatedly asked for "just one more!" Highly recommended.
Chicco Padovan
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
La scrittura mi sembra buona, la fiaba migliore è quella del drago in copertina, ha un lieve tocco ironico che apprezzo sempre. Le illustrazioni di Kate Leiper, il grande formato, l’impaginazione del testo, in ogni caso, valgono da sole l’intero volume. Questo è quello che io chiamo un libro di fiabe! Un grande albo in cui perdersi e sognare. Consigliatissimo a tutti gli amanti di fiabe illustrate.
Roslyn Ross
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Everything about this book is ... fine. The pictures are fine, not beautiful, but not terrible. The stories are fine. Regular fairy tales with a Scottish twist - I did enjoy the Scottish words and sayings and places.
Kitty
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Our favorite was the story of the bannock. They are now a favorite food of ours. :) All these stories are sweet and beautifully illustrated.
Angela
For grades 4 - 8, ages 9 and up

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Retelling of 11 traditional Scottish fairytales by award-winning children's author Theresa Breslin. These are some of the most beloved tales from all over Scotland. These tales featuring a kelpie, a dragon, a brownie, and other figures, some human and some magical. Before each tale begins a little background on where the tale came from of how the author came to know the tale. The illustrations by Kate Leiper are beautiful and the softness of the illustration
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Lucy
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
11 stories, some familiar and some new to me. Well told, nicely illustrated. Each story has an introduction about the story or its origin. There is a glossary for less-familiar terms, like gloaming, guid-wife, kelpie, and reivers.
Stories are: The wee bannock - The water kelpie -- The goshawk and the brave lady - Whuppity stourie - The shepherd's dog - Rashie coat - The selkie of Sanday - The eagle and the wren - The brownie of Ballharn Hill - The Dragon Stoorworm and the boy called Assipattle -
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Ann
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed this.
Beverly
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful stories and illustrations.
Deanna
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great stories, fun to read and of my heritage!
Amy
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
My 6 yr old son and I really enjoyed this book.
Thitirat B. Luu
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best book!! The way they told the stories were very beautiful also exotic illustrated in all pages. It's very memorable. The kid will definitely enjoy reading this book.
Christina
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The tales are written in such a way that they are a pleasure to read aloud, and Kate Leiper's illustrations are marvelous! This book was pure joy from start to finish.
Laura Salas
A beautiful collection!
Mary Dignam
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent collection of Fairy Tales Illustrations are brilliant great bedtime fairy tales for your children or grandchildren.
Alison
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Theresa Breslin was born and brought up in Kirkintilloch, a small town in central Scotland. She is the recipient of the Carnegie Medal, Britain's most prestigious children's book award, for Whispers in the Graveyard, and her books for young people receive critical acclaim and appear regularly on children's book award short lists in the United Kingdom. A longtime librarian, Breslin was awarded life ...more
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