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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Review: A Scottish Year - Twelve Months in the Life of Scotland's Kids

This is the companion book to An Aussie Year, and An English Year. We are introduced to five delightful children from different cultures which see us through a whole year of multicultural traditions, customs, holidays, seasonal activities, food, and games. Beginning from January to December, each month, all the children hospitably share their home-life and habits for mealtimes, activities, interests and holidays.

This is an original concept, ideal for sharing knowledge about Scottish heritage, blended with other lifestyles and traditions carried forward into modern times and kept alive for following generations. There is an amazing collection of facts about Scotland, its customs and traditions. There is not an area left untouched. As it moves from season to season and the weather improves, the activities, festivals, food and entertainment changes.

The entire book is a delight, especially the layout which is a visual feast. Tina Snerling’s illustrations enhance Tania McCartney’s clever and stimulating use of language through every topic on every page. There is so much to learn from this book, it will keep children entertained for hours.

I had an educational experience searching for the definitions of things that I knew little or nothing about. Imagine the fun children will have doing the same. These books open a whole new world to children who want to learn about other cultures. They are ideal for tourism and travellers, and the perfect book for libraries and schools.

Title: A Scottish Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Scotland’s Kids
Author: Tania McCartney
Illustrator: Tina Snerling
Publisher: EK Books, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: September 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781921966873
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book, Junior Non-Fiction

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