Two New Scottish Picture Books

Thank goodness for Edinburgh publishers Floris books for their continuing support for Scottish authors and Scottish themes. Not that I want to get started on a Referendum campaign either way, but I suspect most people with Scottish connections are grateful for these picture Kelpies with their Scottish looks and language.

One of the latest offerings is Thistle Sands, the second picture book from Mike Nicholson and Claire Keay. The book offers a decidedly Scottish experience at the seaside, featuring Heather’s peely-wally legs, the Docherty kids feeling wabbit after running up and down the sand dunes and canny Kirsty who checks the change in her dad’s ice cream van. Thistle Sands (Picture Kelpies) is available here from Amazon

There was a Wee LassieThere was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie, from Rebecca Colby and Kate McLelland, is a wacky twist on the old favourite rhyme There was an Old Woman who Swallowed a Spider. I must confess it made me feel somewhat queasy when she got as far as swallowing Nessie, though you’ll be glad to know that our kilted, wellington-wearing heroine survived.

There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie (Picture Kelpies) is available here on Amazon


About 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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