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Say hello to Scotland's most famous animals! From leaping red squirrels and hungry highland coos, to jumping dolphins and playful otters, children will love the fun and friendly illustrations. But what's that splash, splash, splashing in Loch Ness? This bright and bold picture book, packed with lively pictures and simple, clear words, is the perfect memento of a trip to Scotland. There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie illustrator Kate McLelland brings Scotland's animals to life in bright, dynamic illustrations.
Willow the wildcat kitten and her brother Corrie live in a cosy den in the forest with their mum. But then disaster strikes when a nosy sheepdog collapses their den. Can the kittens stop bickering long to learn how to work together and find a warm, safe new home? Written in Lynne Rickards' signature rhyme, this charming tale of two siblings learning to appreciate each other and work as a team features dynamic watercolour illustrations of Scottish wildlife and two wildcat kittens, which are endangered in Scotland. From the author of best-selling Skye the Puffling and Rowan the Red Squirrel, Willow the Wildcat brings the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and its animal inhabitants to life.
Everyone's favourite Wee Granny is back with her magic bag, and Emily and Harry are desperate to see what she's got inside it today. It's the day of the school ceilidh, and they have to pick up last-minute supplies before the celebrations and dancing can begin. But things don't go smoothly -- they miss their bus and then a flood closes the road. Does Wee Granny have something in her magic bag to save the day? This brilliant follow-up to the hugely popular Wee Granny's Magic Bag, starring a tartan Mary Poppins, offers a wonderful mix of colourful illustrations and an engaging story with surprises on every page!
One morning Isla and her best friend Pickle, an adorable miniature Shetland pony, receive an exciting invitation. Isla's friend Rosie is having a Pony Party on the beach for her birthday. There's just one problem -- Isla hasn't learned to ride yet! Dad asks Farmer Jess to give Isla some lessons, but learning to ride Pickle turns out to be trickier than she thought. They practise hard all week, but on the day of the party can Isla stay in the saddle and keep cheeky Pickle out of trouble? Wee ones will giggle their way through Isla and Pickle's light-hearted adventures in this third book about a feisty little girl and her lovable Shetland pony who live on a Scottish island. There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie illustrator Kate McLelland brings the lovable pair to life in bright, humorous illustrations.
Hettie the Highland cow is very mucky. Calum and Kirsty think it's time for a wash but Hettie isn't keen. Quick -- hide! But poor Hettie finds she can't hide in the flock of sheep, or behind the prickly gorse bush, or with the deer in the forest -- she's too big! When she gets tangled up in the washing line, her hide and seek is over. But a bath might not be so bad after all In the third story starring the mischievous Highland cow, Hettie's attempts to avoid a bath lead to a hilarious game of hide and seek. This lively and funny story is brought to life by Jo Allan's characterful illustrations.
Isla and her best friend Pickle, an adorable miniature Shetland pony, can't wait to take part in the Perfect Pony competition at the Highland Show. They practise really hard but when the day of the show finally arrives, cheeky Pickle can't seem to stay out of trouble! Isla finds Pickle just in time for the competition but the mischievous pony is stinky and covered in cake. They'll never win the Perfect Pony prize now! But maybe together they'll discover there's more to life than being perfect. Wee ones will giggle their way through Isla and Pickle's light-hearted adventures in this second book about a feisty little girl and her lovable Shetland pony who live on a Scottish island. There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie illustrator Kate McLelland brings the lovable pair to life in bright, humorous illustrations.
Get ready for excitement and surprises as Wee Granny (Scotland's very own Mary Poppins!) and her magic tartan bag set off on another adventure. Wee Granny is going on holiday with Emily and Harry to Arran but they've missed the ferry. Don't worry; Wee Granny's got just the thing in her magic bag -- a rowing boat! But shiver me timbers, on their journey Wee Granny and the children meet Captain Shoogle and his pirate crew. Does Wee Granny have anything in her magic bag to help the pirates find their buried treasure? You'll never guess what unbelievable thing she'll pull out next! The third book in the hugely popular Wee Granny's Magic Bag series is a hilarious tartan-Jolly Rodger mash-up with plenty of fun for pirates and landlubbers alike. Turn each page to reveal a brilliant mix of colourful illustrations and an exciting story full of surprises!
'Deep in the woods, in a crooked old tree, Lived two little squirrels, with Mum, who made three. Hazel was brave -- a flash and a flurry, While Rowan was shy, and tended to worry.' Rowan the little red squirrel and his sister Hazel are leaving their drey on their own for the very first time. Hazel is eager to explore and, before they know it, they set off on an exciting adventure. But Rowan is worried -- about the strange noises in the forest around them and their mother's warning to look out for the fox! Written in Lynne Rickards' signature rhyme, this charming tale of two very different siblings finding their own strengths features dynamic watercolour illustrations of Scottish wildlife and two adorable wee squirrels! From the creators of the best-selling puffin adventure, Skye the Puffling, Rowan the Red Squirrel brings the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and its animal inhabitants charmingly to life.
'There is a chap at the door jist as Sophie an her mum are sittin doon for their tea. Wha could it be? They dinna think it's a muckle, furry, strippit teeger -- that's for shair!' No children's bookshelf is complete without the classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea, but what if Sophie opened the door to find a teeger that's cam for his tea instead? Celebrating its 50th roaring anniversary in 2018, Judith Kerr's much-loved picture book is charmingly retold for the first time in Scots. Keeping all the iconic elements of the story, Scots expert Susan Rennie gives the words a lively Scots twist -- a plate of sandwiches becomes a 'hail plate o pieces' and the big, furry, stripy tiger becomes a 'muckle, furry, strippit teeger'. This bright and bonnie take on a childhood favourite is perfect for reading aloud with young children.
Max is visiting a museum in Scotland, with his toy robot Zap, when something amazing happens: he tries on some magic armour, the whole museum comes to life -- and so does Zap! Mary Queen of Scots needs Max and Zap's help to find her missing jewels. Can they follow the clues in a museum full of real-life dinosaurs, animals and characters from history? Watch out for the T-Rex! Inspired by actual museum exhibits this lively book whisks young readers on an exciting journey through Scotland's fascinating past. Natasha Rimmington brings history alive (literally!) with fun and vibrant illustrations.
Isla LOVES Pickle, the adorable miniature Shetland pony who lives in her neighbour's field. The best friends have loads of fun together. They play and ride all over the island: dressing up, splashing in the sea and sharing snacks. But sometimes the mischievous pair get into a bit of trouble -- Pickle loves to sneak out to visit Isla and thinks Dad's flowers are yummy! When Dad asks if Isla would like a pet, she knows exactly which animal she wants. But can Isla convince her dad that cheeky Pickle should come and live with them? The first in a new series about a feisty little girl and her pet Shetland pony, who live on a Scottish island. Wee ones will giggle their way through Isla and Pickle's light-hearted adventures. There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie illustrator Kate McLelland brings the lovable pair to life in bright, humorous illustrations.
Anything can happen anywhere. Anywhere was an island. Anything was a bear. One windy morning on a wild and quiet Hebridean island, a bear appeared where there should not have been a bear. The gentle giant played happily in streams, danced in the wind, and would not harm a living thing. But even friendly bears don't belong on Scottish islands. Will he ever find his way home? This touching tale, recounted in Louise Greig's gentle verse, and brought to life by Vanya Nastanlieva's enchanting illustrations, is inspired by a true story that has since become legend in the Scottish Hebrides.
Ollie the osprey loves to swoop into the water and catch fish. But once he's caught them, he's useless at throwing them! And if he can't throw a delicious fish to Isla, she'll never become his friend. Rory the otter says he can help Ollie practise his throwing. Full of fun sounds, this is a brilliant story about doing what you love, by interactive storyteller Emily Dodd, with gentle illustrations of a host of loveable Scottish birds and animals in the picturesque Scottish Highlands.
O my Luve's like a red, red rose, That's newly sprung in June; O my Luve's like the melodie That's sweetly play'd in tune. In this beautifully illustrated picture-book version of Burns' classic poem, the lyrics have been re-imagined to explore the special love between parent and child. A mother and daughter feature in everyday scenes such as playing in a garden, splashing in the sea and going to nursery, each inspired by Burns' eloquent words. With delightful, heart-warming illustrations by Ruchi Mhasane, this expressive new picture book is the perfect way to share Burns' with very young children. It is also an ideal Mother's Day or Valentine's Day gift.
We're gangin on a bear hunt. We're gaun tae catch a braw yin. Whit a bonnie day! We're no feart. Get ready for a big adventure, as a family of brave bear hunters trudges through muckle forests and skirlin snawstorms, claggie mud and a deep cauld river in search of a glowerin bear. Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury's classic We're Going on a Bear Hunt is charmingly recreated in Scots for little adventurers. The original words and illustrations are transformed by language expert Susan Rennie into lively Scots for a bright and bonnie take on this favourite tale. Perfect for reading aloud with young children.
One morning Skye, a cheeky baby puffin with an appetite for adventure, sneaks out of her parents' burrow, tumbles off the cliff edge and accidentally lands on a passing gannet's back! Skye's thrilling journey takes her around the Firth of Forth and finds her in a few tricky situations -- a perilous piggy-back ride, an icy dip in the sea and a host of Scottish bird life. Written in Lynne Rickards' signature rhyme, this charming coming-of-age story features dynamic watercolour illustrations of Scottish sealife and a very cute puffling! The adorable sequel to the best-selling Harris the Hero is set in Scotland around the Firth of Forth, the Isle of May, North Berwick and the Bass Rock.
Welcome to the Thistle Games, Scotland's best Highland games, where you'll meet lots of friendly folk and learn some fun Scots words. Everyone joins in to dance, jump, sprint or even HIRPLE over the line. But watch out you don't get MINGIN and look like a NUMPTY. And cover your LUGS if the pipe band is gie-in it LALDY! This funny story, told in bright rhyming verse, is full of the lively Scottish characters you've met in Thistle Street and Thistle Sands, plus a whole host more. Packed with detail to spot on each page, the warm illustrations will make children want to high jump, Highland dance and toss the caber!
Bagpipe the Black Grouse loves admiring his glorious red eyebrows and his magnificent straight tail feathers. He feels sorry for his friend, Squeaker the Wood Mouse, with his boring brown fur and bendy tail. But Squeaker's help, along with brown-ness and bendy-ness, might be just what Bagpipe needs when he gets into some serious fox trouble. Starring two of Scotland's best-loved residents, an endangered black grouse and a wood mouse, this is a funny and heart-warming tale about valuing difference, from the author of Can't-Dance-Cameron.
Peg the little sheepdog is too shy to be a good farm dog. All Peg's brothers and sisters have found new homes -- but who wants a sheepdog that's scared of lambs? Peg is lonely until a new family move in nearby and take her home. They love her but Peg isn't used to living in a house and she's still not very brave. Will she ever be a good family dog? This touching story of family love and teaching a new pet is a wonderful companion to Sandra Klaassen's much-loved Uan the Little Lamb. Her heartwarming illustrations abound with gentle fun and the beauty of the Scottish Hebrides.
Cameron is a capercaillie and capercaillies LOVE to dance -- well, all except Cameron! Cameron is the worst dancer in the Scottish Cairngorms -- but his new friend, Hazel the squirrel, thinks she can help... Together they travel through the forest, jumping up and down, ducking under branches and kicking pinecones. Then when the dancing begins, Hazel tells Cameron to JUMP, DUCK and KICK. Maybe he can dance after all! Full of fun sounds and actions, this is a brilliant story about learning to believe in yourself by Emily Dodd, with gentle illustrations of a host of loveable Scottish animals by Katie Pamment.
A braw Scots story for bairns! Welcome to Thistle Sands, a beautiful sandy Scottish beach where you'll meet lots of friendly folk and some fun Scots words. Don't worry if you're PEELY WALLY, just grab a bucket and spade for a day of making sandcastles, exploring rock pools and playing with beach balls. No need to look GLAIKIT, just watch out you don't fall on your BAHOOKIE and if you get MAUCHIT you can take a dip in the sparkling water. This funny story, told in bright rhyming verse, is full of the lively Scottish characters who've come to the seaside for the day. Packed with detail to spot on each page, the warm, bright illustrations will make children want to have their own splash about!
'There was a wee lassie who swallowed a midgie. I don't know why she swallowed the midgie, So teeny and squidgy!' In this hilarious twist on a much-loved rhyme, the wee lassie swallows a succession of Scotland's favourite creatures to catch that peskie midgie -- including a puffin, a Scottie dog, a seal and even Nessie! After all that, she can't still be hungry. Can she? Kate McLelland's funny, engaging illustrations bring to life this uniquely Scottish version of a classic rhyme.
Jamie has been watching the wee white seal that lives on the beach. At night the wee seal cuddles up to its mother. In the morning she goes out to sea and leaves it alone like a strange white stone on the sand. One day tourists come and crowd the wee seal but Jamie knows just what to do to protect it until its mother comes back... Janis Mackay's lyrical prose tells the story of the tender relationship between a wild baby seal and the young boy who watches over it, while Gabby Grant's soft illustrations brilliantly evoke the landscape of the Orkney Islands.
Catriona must write her name on all her thank you notes before she's allowed to play with her birthday presents. It's going to take forever! Unless... She puts her coloured pencils and a sprinkling of magical ingredients into a big pot. Then she says the magic word. But the pencils start writing on walls, scribbling on the table, and doodling on the fridge! Can Catriona stop the magical mayhem? This is a hilarious new picture book from Lari Don, author of The Big Bottom Hunt and Orange Juice Peas!, vibrantly illustrated by Claire Keay, about the consequences of taking shortcuts, and the power of the magic word.
Sing Auld Lang Syne while you climb to the top of a Castle. Wave to a Highland Cow in John O'Groats. Put on a Kilt and avoid those Midges as you visit a Loch (not lock!) to meet Nessie. Then speed back over the Forth Bridge to Edinburgh Zoo -- not forgetting your Umbrella. Take a whistle-stop tour through the Scottish alphabet! Each letter from A to Z represents the best of everything Scottish: beautiful landscapes, fascinating history, amazing wildlife and, of course, the weather! This charming and fun book is perfect for locals and visitors alike, as illustrator Kate Davies fills each page with humorous Scottish details. Featuring only one word per letter, it's suitable for younger children to enjoy.
Finlay is going on a Nessie hunt. While visiting his Gran, who lives beside Loch Ness, Finlay is determined to get proof that Nessie, the famous Loch Ness Monster, really does exist. Finlay's Gran might believe him but his big sister Sarah keeps telling him there's no such thing. Until they spot a monster-ish shape under the water ... There's no such thing as Nessie: is there? Travel to the shores of Loch Ness with Kirsteen Harris-Jones's bright, playful illustrations of the Scottish landscape accompanied by Chani McBain's fun monster-hunting story.
How to make a birthday special – for a Panda! Sunshine is worried that no-one will remember that tomorrow is his birthday. He is sure it is going to be a very disappointing day. But he didn’t know about Sweetie’s very clever surprise! Sunshine is in for a very happy – and noisy – birthday after all!
How a lovesick puffin finds adventure and cures his loneliness by helping a lost seal pup is a sweet story told in gentle rhyming couplets. Harris the puffin leaves the island he knows and sets off across the wide blue sea. When he finds a seal pup in distress he guides it safely back to its mum on another island. Here Harris finds a warm welcome – just the fresh start he needs. Atmospheric illustrations capture the wonderful seascape home of puffins, seals and the like.
Charlie McCandlewick is a nightsweep. But he doesn't sweep chimneys - oh no. While children are tucked up safely in their beds, Charlie takes care of the bogle creatures of the night: the Nippers and Nabbers who hide under your bed, the Croakies who flap about in cupboards and the Whigmaleeries who wail at windows. But once they've been safely captured in his thistle-cloth bag, what does Charlie do with all the beasties? This brilliant story from author and illustrator Tim Archbold will become a firm favourite with children and parents alike. Narrated in a hilarious, quirky style, with wonderfully illustrated beasties and bogles waiting to jump off each page, it will captivate readers until the final surprise twist.
A braw Scots story for bairns! Welcome to Thistle Street, a bustling wee high street in a Scottish seaside town, where you'll meet lots of friendly folk and some fun Scots words. Join us for a DAUNDER down the street as people go through their day, trying to avoid a STRAMASH on the way to school, having a good BLETHER outside the bakers, and rushing indoors when the weather gets DREICH. This funny story, told in bright rhyming verse, is full of the lively characters who work and live on the street, from a grumpy greengrocer and a busy vet to schoolchildren and even a strong man! Packed with detail to spot on each page, the warm illustrations will draw children into the friendly neighbourhood of Thistle Street.
Jessie is learning to be polite. When she says 'thank you' it sounds a bit like 'DA HOO'. When she says 'please' it sounds exactly like 'PEAS'. One tea-time, Jessie and her older brother Ben are left with a new babysitter. When asked what she'd like to drink, Jessie replies, 'Orange juice peas', and that's exactly what she gets! Followed by 'milk peas', 'water peas', and on it goes. Each time, Jessie fishes the peas out of her drink and cheeky Ben giggles, as the pile of peas on the table grows bigger and bigger... This is a hilarious story for young children, with a great sense of repetition. Lizzie Well's bright, expressive illustrations perfectly capture the humour and Jessie's increasing frustration at being misunderstood.
This is wonderfully funny book of friendship in which Hettie, the hairy Highland cow ends up having all sorts of insects and animals living in her fur throughout the seasons. From caterpillars and butterflies to birds and hares, Hettie looks after them all but as Spring arrives her friends become quite wriggly and fidgity and for Hettie that's the final straw. But just how does she get rid of everyone? Charming and funny, not only is it a story showing the importance of tolerance and friendship but it also provides a lesson in seasons too. The text is brought to life by Jo Allan's lively illustrations. This is the sequel to Hungry Hettie.
A charming and hilarious rhyming picture book about a young misfit puffin who learns that it's not just okay to be different but that it's also possible to overcome his fears too. The story is brought to life with colourful, characterful illustrations by Gabby Grant. You can go to the Picture Kelpies series website for games, puzzles and colouring in - click here.
Emily and Harry love going on trips with Wee Granny. Surprising things always happen when she brings her tartan bag. One Christmas when they were carol singing Harry's torch stopped working, so Granny reached into her bag and pulled out a lamppost to help them see! Last summer they were on the beach and Wee Granny rummaged around in her tartan bag and pulled out a deckchair each for them to sit on! Today they are going to the park, and when Mum calls to ask Granny if she'll bake some cakes for the school fair, an incredible afternoon begins ... A very funny picture book about two children and their amazing granny. With huge surprises on every page, you'll never guess what will appear next from Wee Granny's magic bag.
Hamish is worried about the heron in the park. It always looks sad and grumpy, with its hunched-up shoulders and long frowning eyebrows. So Hamish decides to cheer it up: first he brings bread crusts and biscuit crumbs to the park. But the heron still looks grumpy. Next he brings his family to tidy up the heron's polluted pond. But the heron still looks grumpy. Then he brings his class to plant flowers around the pond. But the heron still looks grumpy. Finally he brings everyone he knows to have a party for the heron. But the heron still looks grumpy. Hamish looks at the heron and wonders: maybe the heron isn't unhappy after all? Each page of this delightful story from popular children's author and storyteller, Lari Don, is brought to life with vibrant illustrations. Colour and activity build up as the book progresses and the drab inner-city park is brought to life.
Calum McGregor is a blond boy in a ginger family. His mum and dad have red hair, his big sister and brother have red hair, his grandpa had red hair before he went bald, and he even has a cat called Ginger. Calum is fed up with being the odd one out, so he takes matters into his own hands and decides to make his hair ginger. He tries eating carrots, drinking Irn-Bru, and colouring his hair with felt tips. He even puts his poor cat on his head! But all his hair-brained plans fail. Is Calum destined to always be the odd one out? Or will he learn that there's more to life than being ginger? A sweet and very funny picture book, with a refreshingly positive attitude towards being ginger.
On a remote Scottish island, two children find an abandoned lamb and take her home. They call her 'Uan', which means 'lamb' in Gaelic. Slowly the lamb grows up and they love playing with her and taking her everywhere. What will happen when she becomes a sheep? Sandra Klaassen depicts the Outer Hebrides in drawings brimming with life and her love of the landscape and people. This is a charming story told through the eyes of two young children.
Hettie the Highland cow is always hungry. She eats grass, thistles, hedges and even Granny Macleod's washing! When Callum and Kirsty visit her, they give her treats to eat -- porridge, sandwiches, shortbread, fish suppers and ice cream! When the children arrive with a huge cake, Hettie starts to look worried. She's not feeling so hungry any more... Watch Hettie grow as she eats her way through many Scottish favourites, until she and the children finally learn their lesson. This sweet, funny story is brought to life by Jo Allan's vivacious illustrations.
It's time for Fergus the young otter to leave home. During his journey along the riverbank he meets all sorts of new creatures, both friend and foe -- a robin, a butterfly, some dogs who chase him and, strangest of all, a prickly hedgehog. But will he find a new, safe place to make a home and friends of his own kind? This is a sweet story which will delight any animal-loving child.
A lovely story set in Scotland. When Gregor is given a set of bagpipes he’s desperate to play them but he’s constantly told ‘you can’t play here’. His parents tell him to go outside, so he goes off into the countryside but is told by the fishermen that he’s frightening the fish, by the farmer that he’s disturbing the animals and then when he goes high up the mountain to play he’s chased off by a pair of golden eagles. Downtrodden and sad he falls upon a lovely house with beautiful gardens and he begins to play there. Gregor is welcomed with open arms to play his pipes by someone he recognises but doesn’t quite know who? Until that is, a few months later he’s invited to lead the bagpipes through Edinburgh. You’ll have to get the book to find out Gregor’s surprise! You’re in for a treat.
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