Ally Bally Bee – Lift the Flap Book

Ally Bally Bee must be a favourite Scottish song world-wide with children and parents.

As it opens with nonsense words, small children are instantly engaged with sounds they can copy. The song refers to children asking for a sixpence to buy sweets from a Robert Coltart (Coulter) who went round the doors rather like the ice cream vans of today.

There’s even a message about the pitfalls of eating too many sweets!

Floris have put all this into a new board book for wee ones, each page having a surprise hidden under a flap – a device just adored by inquisitive fingers.

Kathryn Selbert’s illustrations are charmingly simple, if not particularly Scottish (she is American) and my granddaughter loves it. Not so sure about my singing though…

An old favourite from Floris Books. £6.99


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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