Good Things Come in Threes

Three new Scottish themed picture books have just been added to the Picture Kelpies catalogue which are sure to be loved by children, parents and grandparents.

Orange Juice Peas is a very funny story about a babysitter who misunderstands her charge’s requests.  Our toddlers’ mispronounciations are things we’ve all giggled over, and adopted as family lore, indeed, in the Coon family we still say “Put on your beat belts” when we get in the car, despite my daughters being thirtysomething. The patience of poor wee Jessie as she is given peas with everything is perhaps not something we expect or get from toddlers but this is a delightful story by Lari Don and Lizzie Wells’ illustrations work beautifully.

Orange Juice Peas (Picture Kelpies) is available here from Amazon

Lost at the Zoo by Gill Arbuthnott, illustrated by Joanne Nethercott, is the story of Rory the pet mouse who falls out of Sam’s pocket on a visit to the zoo and gets lost. Rory tries to describe Sam but omits to mention that Sam is a human being and so is sent to one after another animal. It’s an imaginative tale and a charming way to meet a number of zoo animals.

Lost at the Zoo (Picture Kelpies) is available here from Amazon

Hairy Hettie is another tale of Jo Allan’s Hettie the Highland Cow. As Hettie goes through the year, various birds, insects and even animals take refuge in her long hair. They lay eggs, rear their young  and keep warm through the winter. The following spring Hettie has had enough and goes to get help from Granny Macleod. After a nice haircut for Hettie, all the animals and insects find new homes. Some children might find the insect laying a bit unpleasant and might wonder why it took so long for anyone to notice Hettie’s problem but, as with the previous book, Hungry Hettie, there’s a moral about nature knowing best and getting there in the end.

Hairy Hettie (Picture Kelpies) is available here from Amazon

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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