Board Books in Scots

I confess I was less than enthusiastic about the My First Scottish Series of board books. I felt there were expectations of all things Scottish that weren’t delivered. And so it is again with the latest two in the series:- My First Scottish Numbers and My First Scottish Animals. But…

Whilst I’m not sure that using Scottie dogs to count dogs, or putting a thistle on a rugby ball makes the items Scottish,  I’ve got over it. Kate McLelland has again produced two colourful and simple starter books for babies, with tough card pages, ideal for stubby, indelicate fingers.

My First Scottish Numbers covers the numbers one to ten using a castle, 2 bairns, 3 drums, 4 books, 5 coats, 6 toys, 7 balls, 8 wellies, 9 dogs and 10 treats (sweets and cakes!)

My First Scottish AnimalsMy first Scottish Animals actually gets a bit closer. The dog is a collie and from there we go to a seal, cows (highland of course, in the snow) a squirrel (red)  a puffin and some ponies (Shetland). The talent lies in depicting enough detail to identify the creature without overwhelming the child’s mind and this is something Kate McLelland does very nicely.

If you like the Scottish twist and enjoyed  My First Scottish Colours and My First Scottish Things That Go, then you will definitely want to add these to your collection.


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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