12 Days o Yule A Scots Christmas Rhyme by Susan Rennie


12 Days o Yule A Scots Christmas Rhyme by Susan Rennie

On the 1st day o Yuletide, My true luve gied tae me, A reid robin in a rowan tree. Take a deep breath and prepare for a journey through all twelve days of Yuletide with a cast of skaters skooshin, lassies birlin, sheep a-shooglin and the all-important five gowden rings. The stunningly beautiful illustrations bring this Scots version of the ever-popular Christmas song to life in vivid detail. Inspired by the traditional verse, this adaptation features easy-to-understand (and pronounce) Scots words and creatures, including hoolets (owls) and bonnie doos (beautiful doves). Perfect for children and parents to read and sing along to, throughout the festive season.


'Rennie presents The Twelve Days of Christmas in traditional Scots language alongside Land's graceful illustrations of a snowy Scottish countryside of rolling hills and quaint cottages. Preexisting knowledge of Scots pronunciations (or at lease a passable brogue) are recommended... A closing Scots glossary offers definitions, rounding out a charming, old-fashioned Christmas offering.'

'Susan Rennie's The Twelve Days of Yule, illustrated by Matthew Land is a strictly Scottish version which introduces Scots words such as hoolets for owls and a new refrain that goes An a reid robin in a rowan tree . The Scots words are easy to pronounce and fun to say making this a version that is perfect for all to join in and chant together.'

About the Author

Susan Rennie lectures on the history of Scots and lexicography at Glasgow University. A renowned Scots language expert, she is a co-founder of Scots language publisher Itchy Coo and author of several Scots language books for children. Matthew Land is an illustrator currently living on a dairy farm in the Welsh hills. Since graduating with a degree in illustration from University College Falmouth in 2012, he has interspersed his illustration with travelling the world. He is also the illustrator of another Traditional Scottish Tale, The Dragon Stoorworm.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Publication date

17th September 2015



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