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Child of St Kilda

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An evocative picture book about the cluster of tiny islands off the west coast of Scotland, inhabited for thousands of years, but evacuated in 1930. Based on accounts from Norman John Gillies, who was born and raised on the island of Hirta, the book leads the reader through the daily and seasonal way of life led by the inhabitants. Beautiful prints complement this account ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Child's Play International
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Hilary
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Hilary by: Found in the library
What an amazing story! This book follows a little boy called Norman John Gillies who lived on a Scottish Island called St Kilda. The story follows his life and that of the islanders, the wildlife, the good times and the bad, the way that in the last hundred years their island life has changed drastically from thriving to non existent.

I loved the way this story was told, lots of historical facts punctuated with personal events from Norman John's life and lots of wildlife information. A really
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Sherrie
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Just loved this book, a well told story, wonderful artwork. I am fascinated by St Kilda and i read anything i can about the islands, adult or junior. This book tells the story of the last child born on St Kilda, Norman John but also tells us about how they lived, the flora and fauna and why they were evacuated. I was also intrigued to learn that Norman John ended his days in Suffolk.
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful children’s book about the tiny community on the isolated island of St Kilda off the coast of Scotland and how eventually they had to be evacuated from the way of life they’d had for centuries for their own safety. Beautiful writing and illustrations.
Barbara
This is a fascinating glimpse into a time and way of living long lost to the world. Although there is quite a lot of text for youngsters to navigate, I suspect that they'll be captivated by the idea of living on a windswept island far from Scotland's mainland and imagining what their lives might have been like had that been their circumstances. The author has chosen to tell the story with some focus on Norman John Gillies, one of the last children born on the island of St Kilda. All of the ...more
Abby Johnson
Norman John Gillies was born in 1925 on the remote island of Hirta, part of the St. Kilda islands about 100 miles from the shore of Scotland. He was one of the last children to live on the island. This evocative picture book tells about the community of people who lived in St. Kilda, so removed from mainland civilization that they did not use money and often couldn't send mail for months at a time if the weather prevented ships from reaching the island. As technology made travel easier, more ...more
Ms. Garr
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grade 1 (as a read-aloud) and up; beautiful and unique recounting of the history of the island of St Kilda centered around Norman John Gillies, who was the last remaining child who grew up partially on St Kilda. The narrative is fascinating and informative - I'd never heard of this island before. The affection and fascination the author feels for the island, its people, and history is clear throughout. I'm always looking for something different and non-formulaic in children's books - this is it! ...more
Angie
This charming picture books tells the story of an isolated Scottish island that was abandoned in 1930. I knew nothing about this place and this book tells its story through one of the last children born on the island. I loved the pictures and the story. Beautiful!
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John Boyce
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Beautifully illustrated story of one of the last St Kildans
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