Reviewed by Kirsten Boyd
This is one of many books in a series designed to show children the different cultures around the world. I’ve lived in Scotland all my life and through it would be interesting to see how Scotland could be viewed from the eyes of a tourist, at the same time as teaching my 2 year old about the country he was born in.
The book takes us through the history, fables, buildings, language, food and mythical creatures of Scotland. It is well illustrated and even includes phonetic spellings of some words. It allows the reader to imagine what it might be like to live in Scotland and to have grown up there. My 2 year old was enthralled by the tales of unicorns, Nessie and the history of the nation’s capital. It was fascinating to find out about the national pastimes such as golf and highland dancing through the eyes of a tourist rather than a local! I did not find any inaccuracies but the book covered several aspects of Scottish culture that I was not particularly familiar, such as the fact that the unicorn is the official animal of Scotland. A debate was also started in our household about the largest lochs in Scotland!
Scotland is often assumed to be part of England by tourists and it is great that this book describes Scotland as a country in its own right. It covers a range of topics relevant to Scottish culture and it very informative and attractive for children. I rate it 5 out of 5 and would thoroughly recommend to all, including adults.
RRP: £6.99 (paperback)
Available to buy from Amazon here.